Author Archives: Autumn Bernstein

Tokyo Crush

I’ve spent the first week of this journey getting lost in Tokyo, in the spin-cycle of its subway system, the enticing maze of its side-streets, and the rabbit holes of its subcultures. I am officially smitten. Its like that feeling … Continue reading

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2014: Year of the (Two-Wheeled) Horse

In September 2014 I’m embarking on a three-month bike journey through Asia. I’ll be passing through parts of Japan, China, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. I’m traveling alone, with a folding bike I found on Craiglist. To make this trip possible … Continue reading

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Stuttgart 21: Future Shock, Auf Wiedersehen

This is the final post in a three-part series about the controversial Stuttgart 21 project. Links to Part One and Two are on the right. The controversy over Stuttgart 21 has gotten under my skin. This isn’t my city, I … Continue reading

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Stuttgart 21: Down the Rabbit Hole

My second night in Stuttgart I was walking through the snowy Christmas Market when I heard a screeching racket like hundreds of kazoos being abused. I walked in the direction of the noise and found myself at a Stuttgart 21 … Continue reading

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Stuttgart 21: Welcome to Dystopia

This is the first in a series of three postings about the controversial “Stuttgart 21” project. Part two will be posted on Tuesday and part three on Thursday. Part One: Welcome to Dystopia I have been in Stuttgart for one … Continue reading

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And now for something completely different . . .

I’ve been tackling a lot of heavy subjects in my blog lately so I thought I’d throw in some lighter fare, for your sake and mine.  Here’s a collection of quirky, silly and mostly irrelevant observations from my trip so … Continue reading

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Eye Candy for Sustainability

The theory of sustainable development has become hip recently. But putting the theory into practice is a surefire way to lose any popularity contest. Many new urban developments get shot down by people who hate the density, fear the change, … Continue reading

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Its hard not to love Velo’v

Before coming to Lyon, I was skeptical that bike-sharing could work in California –  but I am becoming a convert. Lyon’s wildly-successful Velo’v program (pronounced Vell-LOVE, it means “bike love”) is putting a dent in driving without breaking the bank of the … Continue reading

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Parlez-vous transport?

Time is strange when you’re traveling alone and don’t speak the language. My month in Torino felt like an eternity at first – especially when I was struggling to communicate even the most basic things in Italian – but suddenly … Continue reading

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A Tale of Three Mayors

An issue that often comes up when talking about regional planning is the dynamic between the big (and usually more powerful) cities and their suburban and small-town counterparts. So I was curious to talk with officials from smaller municipalities around … Continue reading

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