LVBLinks - It's Never Been So Simple To Dodge Elevations

We are back!

Well, not physically back, because I’m in Tel Aviv, Israel and Sascha is in in Sardinia, Italy. But the blog is back after a short summer break.

We gathered some links in the past weeks, to another edition of LVBLinks.

1. All those city rankings - the most livable city, the happiest city, the best city - I’m never sure about them. Can one really rank livability or happiness? At the end, it’s all about what people actually think and feel about THEIR city, keeping in mind that people in a certain places are just happier or more optimistic in general. I liked the ranking that Guardian Cities published. It’s pretty simple, the cities are ranked according to survey about the satisfaction level of residents with their city's health care, cleanliness, noise levels, etc.

2. CityLab wrote about the Geographic Legacy of 'Seinfeld', and I couldn’t resist posting here a video of the legendary George Costanza arguing with his protégé about architects vs. city planners

3. How come San Antonio kept its demand for water steady during the last 25 years, although it experienced an increase of 67% in population? Good, green infrastructure and stormwater capture in the urban and suburban communities.

4. An urban ‘Hacktivist’ in Bratislava, Slovakia has created a skateboard made of wooden pallet that fits exactly to the city’s tram track. Yeah, it’s real. Watch it.

5. Around two weeks ago, my Android’s Google Maps app was updated, and now when I plan a bicycle trip I can even see the routes’ elevation and choose the most comfortable route. I also noticed that it exists on the web version:

6. Then, I noticed on Twitter that All Things Mapping also published a neat idea from Queenstown, NZ to present elevations on a paper street map.

7. Yesterday a new and special bus route was launched in Tel Aviv metropolitan area. Long story short: Tel Aviv, Israel’s most modern city and the country’s cultural and economic center, is trying to build its first Metro route for several decades. The last attempt is the “Red Line”, which is under construction, though the lunch date is being postponed over and over again. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Transportation decided to launch a bus line driving on the same route as the future metro. It’s supposed to be some kind of BRT (Bus Rapid Transit), but not entirely because it lacks the characteristic of physically separate bus lanes. I’m going to try it in the next few days during rush hours.

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