…concept design and production art for ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ (2004) - scripted and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, produced by Toshio Suzuki, animated by Studio Ghibli & distributed by Toho -
based on British writer, Diana Wynne Jones’ novel of the same name…
Emergency services attend the scene of the crash in George Square in Glasgow, Scotland. There are reports of a number of fatalities and substantial casualties after a bin lorry appears to have crashed into pedestrians.
“We walk much slower when handling a cell phone (even moreso while texting than reading), and we’re not very good at sticking to a straight line. Not surprisingly, we tend to keep our heads down, our necks immobile, and our arms locked at our sides. We don’t swing our arms, which can be a crucial part of staying balanced while moving.”
Trains are cool. Buildings are important. But here at This Big City we think people are the best thing about cities. That’s why we’ve spent the last five years sharing stories from urban communities across the globe. The communities painting bike infrastructure, turning streets into parklets, organizing family activities, starting urban farms, and standing up for pedestrian rights. And we want to do more. If you want to help us, head here and share your feedback.
Whichever mode of transportation you currently happen to be using—whether you’re the pedestrian, the cyclist, or the driver—you are correct, no matter the scenario. Everyone else is in your way, wrong, annoying, and otherwise a terrible human being.
The fight for the streets is, presumably, as old as the streets. From the moment the first horse and buggy hit the London pavement, hansom drivers and startled pedestrians likely had words. But why does this particular drama play out as it does? And in the modern urban landscape—which includes more people, more cars, and, in recent years, more bikes than ever before—can there be any good answer to the question of who, if anyone, is in the right?
Chongqing, a city in Southwest China, has utilized mobile phone lanes — similar to bike or taxi lanes — so that its phone-addicted citizens can walk around without fear of crashing into other pedestrians or cars.
Specialized transportation lanes are common in many cities, and this appears to be the trend’s newest frontier. Engadget reports that the lanes can be found on Foreigner Street, and as the photo below appears to depict, they’re the first mobile phone sidewalks in China.