Moving on from Freeways

After World War II, states were provided with a 90 percent federal match for the construction of freeways meant to penetrate urban cores, clear out slums, and renew central business districts. By the late 1960s, however, this love affair with the freeway ended as citizen protests forced public officials to reassess the effects of their…

Networks Follow Networks

Why do Google, Microsoft and Facebook have data centers in Council Bluffs, IA? They are following a time honored tradition of networks following networks. The UP railroad began building its portion of the transcontinental railroad at Council Bluffs in 1864. Telegraph wires followed the same right-of-way, then telephones and, now, the internet. The Atlantic has…

A great Isochronic map

This great map shows travel times between London and the rest of the world in 1914.  You may wish to refresh your memory about past travel times next time you find your next transatlantic crossing too slow.  Travel times are now sometimes over 20 times faster than a century ago. Thanks for Jeff Brown for the…