Philip Langdon

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Georgia verdict shocks advocates for pedestrians

A mother was convicted of vehicular homicide after her 4-year-old son was struck by a car when the family tried to cross a broad suburban road.

PHILIP LANGDONJUL. 21, 2011

The Art of Placemaking: Interpreting Community Through Public Art and Urban Design

By Ronald Lee Fleming
Merrell, 2007, 384 pp., $49.95 hardcover

The most obvious virtue of this large-format volume is that it presents a huge assortment of public art projects from around the nation — through detailed case histories and hundreds of high-quality photos, nearly all in color. Here are three project examples:

PHILIP LANGDONDEC. 1, 2008

Bus rapid transit: a potential key to density

Mixed-use projects are rising near bus stations in Boston, Seattle, and elsewhere. Can public transit’s ugly duckling — the lowly city bus — be transformed into a swan that large numbers of Americans will love? Yes, say Bush administration officials and other backers of bus rapid transit (BRT). In Boston, Cleveland, and other cities, the federal government is helping to build BRT lines, which run faster, more frequently, and more comfortably than ordinary buses.
PHILIP LANGDONOCT. 1, 2005