A former copy editor, researcher, and journalist for publications from Beverage World to The Times, Conrad was bit by the urban planning bug after picking up a copy of Donald Shoup's book The High Cost of Free Parking for a little light reading, and has been emptying cocktail parties with parking factoids ever since. He spends his free time on strategic board games, listening to at least five podcasts a day, and sitting around the subway system, where he can often be found muttering about Inconsistent Initial Capping.
Conrad grew up in Michigan, Copenhagen, Rome, and Amman, returning to Michigan to study poetry at Interlochen Arts Academy. After four (well, five) years at Sarah Lawrence College, he decamped to Brooklyn, the borough he loves most (even if he lays his head in Manhattan these days, like a sellout).
Conrad Lumm's Latest Posts
Newly indicted New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver killed New York’s congestion pricing plan in 2008. A followup plan to charge nearly all drivers heading into Manhattan is now in play, and we’re behind it. Since Sheldon quietly smothered congestion pricing in its crib, we’ve added 5% to our population, nationwide vehicle miles traveled have […]
There’s a lot of information about building and urban design habits hidden in our sales data. This week, we thought we’d look at the number of stop signs we’ve sold across all of our sites – I was curious about which states have the highest density of intersections. (Also, I remember driving from Virginia to […]
Streets & Highways New Highway First Responders App Should Shorten Highway Closures // Santa Cruz, CA Patch Study suggests 25% of cars cause 90% of pollution // Autoblog Here’s What Happened When A Neighborhood Decided To Ban Cars For A Month // Co.Exist [Korea] Honda safety campaign hunting for faulty Takata airbags in junkyards // Autoblog Do Light Rail and Gentrification […]
Streets & Highways Transportation Emerges as Crucial to Escaping Poverty // NYTimes.com [reporting on NYU Rudin study] Making the Economic Case for More Walkability // Urban Land Magazine Self-driving cars involved in accidents in California // Autoblog ‘Biko’ app seeks to reward people for cycling in traffic-choked cities // CTV News “Abundant Access”: a map of a community’s transit choices, and […]
Streets & Highways Baltimore’s Day Off // The Atlantic Amid Baltimore Protests, These Residents Held a Town Meeting on the Street // Next City What If City Streetlights Brightened and Signs Spoke As You Passed? // Smithsonian The 10 Most Walkable Cities In The U.S. // Co.Exist Don’t Allow Seattle’s Enthusiasm for Light Rail to Be Used as Leverage to Win Highway […]
Streets & Highways The Engineer’s Lament: Two ways of thinking about automotive safety. // The New Yorker The Many Impacts of Autonomous Vehicles New research points to the potential effect of self-driving cars on things like city space and public transit. // Pacific Standard Chief judge declares support for summons reform // Capital New York Silver Line is over […]
Streets & Highways At least 10% of Los Angeles is using Waze // Quartz [Waze] Why Is It So Hard to Get Across U.S. Cities Using Only Bike Lanes? // Next City Operational apples and oranges: Comparing Boston, D.C. rail systems // The Washington Post USDOT’s LadderSTEP pilot program to aid transit projects in seven cities. // Progressive Railroading How Cars Are […]
Streets & Highways Greater Cleveland RTA eyes four sites for lamb/goat grazing // Fresh Water Cleveland Atlanta’s Own High Line May Finally Erase Some Racial Divisions // NationalJournal.com Traffic app Waze getting hit-and-run, road closure info as part of Los Angeles partnership // LA Daily News Bill revised after adult cyclists balk at helmet requirement // LA Times Smart City Technology […]
Streets & Highways Why Can’t America Have Great Trains?: A Washington mystery. // NationalJournal.com Five Cities Show the Future of Walkability // TheCityFix Uber Releases Data on Its UberPool Service // Re/code Tactical Urbanists Are Improving Cities, One Rogue Fix at a Time // Smithsonian Why streetcars are losing their appeal as a mass transit option // MinnPost How One Weekend in […]
Streets & Highways From Legible London to Cleveland, Ohio: how maps can make sense of strange cities // CityMetric Dallas Streetcar Debuts to Mixed Reviews // Next City What will the full build-out of Trinity Parkway look like? // Dallas Morning News DART supports high-speed rail project, but its Austin lobbyist is working against the effort // Dallas Morning News Bill would hike […]
Streets & Highways Is Crazy Tech Really the Answer To Keeping People On Bikes Safe? // Gizmodo Welcome To The Slow Traffic Movement // Co.Design Is America ready for the rise of the megaregion? // The Week How Green Could New York Be? // The New Yorker How Cities Are Regulating the Sharing Economy // Planetizen Now Available on DART’s Mobile Ticketing App: […]