Planning a Mega City

The Guardian has written an article on how 14th-century planning shaped the city of Beijing. “The seemingly incoherent sprawl of modern Beijing is based on meticulous plans to bind citizens together under imperial rule. Conceived as a means of enforcing social order, the impact of planning remains strong in the city today.” While the article…

USDOT: Women in Transportation History Sites

US DOT has a new interactive collage and timeline celebrating the contributions of women in transportation going all the way back to Abigail Adams in 1770. For women and girls interested in transportation careers and other science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers check out WTS International. WTS also has a new site TransportationYOU for its program for girls aged 13…

Rescuing the “City of San Francisco”

Our morning commutes may be delayed by minutes or more as we navigate traffic or ride in transit.  These minor delays seem very acceptable when compared to the experiences of 221 passengers of the Southern Pacific passenger liner “The City of San Francisco” which was buried during a winter snow storm while traversing the Sierra…