Rumination on a compact, car-free, manually operated mega-scale city

Here’s a sobering fact. The conurbation of Randstad comprising Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht, is roughly the same size as Dallas-Fort Worth and has roughly the same population. This explains how my publisher who works […]

Postcard from Atlanta (by Lee Roberts)

Growing up in California, my sleepy little suburb had slow streets, bike lanes, and off-street paths that led just about everywhere I wanted to go. But when I grew up and moved into the city, those […]

Office bike parking explained for the non-superstitious.

How are things with bike parking there where you work? Around my way, things haven’t been perfect. But that’s good. If the whole world were perfect I would have nothing to write about, would I? Then […]

We the pork hunts who get rained on

It was a shame when Newcastle ska band The Porkers were made to change their name from The Pork Hunts. The only upside was it left the name free for we pork hunts who get rained on […]

The working class / peasant divide

The longer I am away from my working class hometown of Newcastle, the more I am feeling the truth of Marx’s claim that the industrial revolution was creating a new class of people, the working class, […]