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 pedestrian scrambles in Santa Monica, getting paid to bike to work in Milan and feeling lonely in the city.
The art of urban loneliness
Author Olivia Laing examines the art of urban loneliness in her new book “The Lonely City”. The book delves into the isolation that can come from living in homogeneous urban centres and and discusses how diversity, public spaces and social mixing can help combat the loneliness. (via City Lab)
Getting paid to bike to work
After 2015 brought some of the worst air pollution on record, the city of Milan, Italy is considering a dramatic solution to improve air quality: paying residents who choose to ride a bike to work rather than driving. (via Inhabitat)
Santa Monica scramble
The city of Santa Monica is putting pedestrians first with the installation of 11 scrammble crossings. A scramble crossing is a “pedestrian only” phase in signal light cycles, during which vehicles are prohibited from entering the intersection. (via Santa Monica Next)
Photo by Ghislain Berger from Flickr CC