Eurapan Transportation Vacation (ETV): Netherlands, France, Spain, Japan (and China) in 15 days

The salient engineering solutions to city and transport problems have long existed and continue to be effective in cities worldwide.  Said differently, the physical rebuilding of American cities for the age of livability raises more challenging political questions than it does technical ones.

This series documents observations in Holland, Paris, Die (France), Madrid, Tokyo, Nakano, and Shanghai in May 2013.  The experience ranged from rampant pedestrianism, to rural and urban cycle paths, trams, highways, high-speed trains and Maglev – even American-style “suburban sprawl”.

By seeing what already works (and doesn’t) in other places, we collect known solutions to problems that all cites inherently share.  With such knowledge the Rust Belt can benefit – as we consider our surroundings – from the experience of others.

Following this intro post, I will highlight a sample of transport civil works in Europe and Japan, with the object of promoting literacy in different approaches to infrastructure planning and design.  The aim is to encourage an informed public to work out the politics.

Until then, enjoy as an appetizer: one photo from each country…

1 – Cycle path along a highway outside Amsterdam, Netherlands.  The only old fashioned windmill I saw in Holland. 051920135500

2 – A street in middle ages Die, a commune (town) of 4,300 in Southeast France052320136160 

3 – Autopista M-30, east of (but not penetrating) central Madrid, is the inner-ring highway circling the Spanish capital.052520136352

4 – Most likely: Japanese characters for “STOP”.  Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan 052720136711

5 – People in central Shanghai make the most limited space.  (I spent 16 hours in China.)060220136990(photos by the author)

5 thoughts on “Eurapan Transportation Vacation (ETV): Netherlands, France, Spain, Japan (and China) in 15 days

  1. Each year demographics show that millenials in the US are attracted to live in cities. Also, the swift in urban development in many countries is pushing historically rural communities to relocate to already dense urban populated areas. Coming up with feasible ways to transport so many people in cities is undoubtedly one of our generation’s main challenges. Furthermore, how to change traditional preferences for transportation without conflicting with personal liberties is also an interesting side of this problem. Engineering behavioral change… it all boils to that…

  2. Pingback: ETV 1: An historic connection at Pittsburgh | Rebuilding The Rust Belt

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