Over a week has gone by since THATCamp Paris ended (for me) with a CodeSprint at 190 Avenue de France. So I suppose it’s finally time for me to sort of put some ideas together about it. First, I’m very glad I went. I have never been to a THATCamp before, and the last time [...]
Vilnius mayor Artūras Zuokas, who is probably best known in the West for driving a tank over a car parked in a bike lane, has consistently put transport at the head of his vision of Vilnius. His first term as mayor featured an effort at introducing a bike-share system (they were all stolen), and his [...]
A day or two ago, a short typed up note appeared in the elevator ин my building. Usually, if someone has something to sell (like a chair), they will use the bulletin boards on the ground floor. Inside the elevator, the space is more regulated. But this man was persistent: Cherche jeune demoiselle douce et [...]
As far as I can tell, there are three men named Corentin (it’s a Breton name) who are memorialized in some way in (slightly greater) Paris: Corentin Cariou, Corentin Celton, and Corentin Cloarec. Cariou has a métro station and street named after him. Celton, a métro station and hospital. And Cloarec, a street. Corentin Cariou [...]
— Le vieux Paris n’est plus (la forme d’une ville Change plus vite, hélas! que le cœur d’un mortel Escúchela, la ciudad respirando In honor of an article I had run in The Classical, “Paris is Earning,” I watched Paris brûle-t-il ? earlier this week. The 1966 movie, with a screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola [...]
Great news: Vélib’, the Parisian bicycle-sharing system I have previously described in detail and mapped, had a huge revamp of its website last spring. This coincided with a handful of new features that are of crucial importance to (especially) Anglopone/American tourists. First, the new website is entirely available in English. The old version seemed to [...]
After my maps of public transportation distribution in Chicago and Paris got a bit of publicity, people started asking for more. Here, I try to consider issues of population density as well as the role of buses.
When I made my Paris Métro map, the joke was that the next step would be the leap in order of magnitude between subway stations and Vélib’ stations. For those who don’t know what Vélib’ is, it’s the Parisian bike-sharing system that I’ve already described in great detail. But I knew there was no way [...]
Anecdotally, I have felt since moving to Paris that one is never, ever too far from a Métro station. This is in contrast with Chicago, where one can be literally over a mile from an El stop. But I had not, until now, measured it out. Similarly, last year, a friend, who was living in [...]
Sad news. The Sarkozy régime has reduced French culture to “Who’s the Boss?” remakes.