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"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Various forms of vertical and horizontal transportation: a photo of the Dusquesne Incline, Pittsburgh

Photo by Joe Ireland via Facebook of the Duquesne Incline, Pittsburgh.

I have written about "social urbanism" in Medellin, Colombia, where the city has constructed escalators and aerial trams in neighborhoods to foster social and economic integration, where topography has traditionally been a barrier.

A public escalator system is also present in Hong Kong.

-- "Transportation infrastructure as civic architecture: Johannesburg and "Corridors of Freedom""

I've also mentioned public elevators that do the same thing, although there don't seem to be many examples, but Monaco is one.

Typically we think of vertical transportation within cities as being exclusively within buildings in private properties, limited to elevators and escalators (and stairs).

These past entries:

-- "Public improvement districts ought to be created as part of transit station development process: the east side of NoMA station as an example"
-- "Hong Kong needs to create a formal and planned pedestrian mobility network"

encourage us to think and plan these networks more systematically.

Besides escalators, stairwells, and elevators. incline elevators/funiculars are another example.

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3 Comments:

At 8:42 PM, Blogger Richard Layman said...

Nigel, one of our e-correspondents, points out that there is a public elevator used for commuting in the Whanganui district of New Zealand

http://visitwhanganui.nz/durie-hill-underground-elevator/

and public elevators in Salvador, Brazil:

http://www.visitbrasil.com/en/atracoes/elevador-lacerda/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/215469163396312501/

apparently the city has an incline elevator as well:

http://www.tramz.com/br/sv/f/f.html

 
At 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marburg Germany is built on a huge crag- and they have a public elevator to take people to the main street

 
At 12:51 PM, Blogger Richard Layman said...

Thanks.

Apparently all are along Pilgrimstein Street. The northern one is at Parkhaus Oberstadt (parking old town), and the two on the south make up the Oberstadt Lift (Aufzug).

 

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