Thursday, August 17, 2017

Tbilisi, Georgia

In Tbilisi, fresh-fruit-and-vegetable vendors insinuate themselves into every nook and cranny they can find along the city's well-trafficked sidewalks. Of course, there are central markets and neighborhood markets, too. The result is that no matter where you look, there are lots of fresh-food choices. Compare with American cities. [2015[

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Auckland, New Zealand

Gloria Jean's Coffees may have been founded in the United States (no, not in Seattle!), but it soon pioneered the coffee-house concept in Australia, which is now its biggest market. (Afterthought: New Zealand, too.) [2011]

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Pisté, Yucatan, Mexico

Spanish limes, again. Here, they are called huaya. They might be the next health food to slip across the US-Mexican border: high in antioxidants, vitamins, and calcium. [2013]

Monday, August 14, 2017

Oranjestad, Aruba

Oranjestad is not a big city, but there is still a parking problem. Here's a self-service solution. Punch in the right code, and the platform your car is on descends to ground level. What do you think about this car elevator's contribution to community aesthetics? [2017]

Sunday, August 13, 2017

San Francisco, California, USA

Whether parked or on the move, cars are extremely space-consuming technologies, and they require a lot of infrastructure. Where do you find a lot of underutilized infrastructure? On the roofs of buildings. In this case, though, it's a car dealership. [2016]

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Parking in the round makes it possible for people who live upstairs to leave their cars below. The Marina City silos were built as a mixed-use development in the 1960s. It was an effort to make cars compatible with the city. Do you think it's a little more aesthetic than the typical parking structure? [2006]

Friday, August 11, 2017

New York, New York, USA

When we have no horizontal space for cars, we create vertical space. These cars are here for the work day (or maybe longer). Obviously, there are no in-and-out privileges! Obviously, too, these are the people who ought to be taking transit to work. If you are only going to store your car for the day, why bring it to work at all? [2010]