If you don’t care much about college basketball but you’re an urban design nerd, congratulations. The Atlantic Cities has a form of March Madness just for you: the first annual Urbanist Toolkit Bracket Challenge.
In its latest edition, Henry Grabar has some fun with one of the preoccupying themes of the season with a game of his own, “One that pits your instincts, tastes, and urban design wisdom against those of your fellow readers. Here’s how it works:
“Thirty-two in-form tools of urbanism have been seeded, according to their popularity and utility, into four regional groups: the Ed Koch, the Sidewalk Ballet, the Le Corbusier, and the Dandyhorse. The four #1 seeds -- car share, bike lanes, farmers’ markets, and the waterfront promenade -- are paired off against decidedly more obscure options.
“You’ll need to make tough choices. Bus rapid transit or streetcars? A convention center or a festival? Privately owned public space or highway decks? Think of it as a mid-20th century version of SimCity; or perhaps the Strat-O-Matic of city games.
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