Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you creative crosswalk design in Portland, why narrower streets are safer and the fading of local typography of cities.
- Creative Crosswalks
- This week the Portland Bureau of Transportation debuted rain-themed crosswalks. The creative crosswalks aren’t just cool, they were also designed with safety in mind. (via City Lab)
- Are narrow streets safer?
- According to the “wizard of walkability” Jeff Speck, they are. Simply put, wider lanes mean pedestrians are forced to walk further across streets, vehicles treat city streets as freeways and cyclists have no where to go. Read more here. (via grist)
- Local typography of cities
- Molly Woodward is trying to keep local typography alive by cataloging images of local typography through the project Vernacular Typography. The ongoing online archive gathers around 10,000 photographs of lettering from around the world, (via hyper allergic)
Photo by John Pastor from Flickr CC