A Walk along the Street of Harmony in Penang

Penang Street of Harmony Project celebrates mutual tolerance illustrated by this amazingly cosmopolitan microcosm.

 – Anwar Fazal takes us for a walk down the Street of Harmony in Penang.

The island of Penang, Malaysia, has long been a magnet for a multitude of people from all over the world and has over the last two centuries succeeded in integrating countless cultures and religions into its very fabric.

Penang  is very special.  It was a place that opened up for all the communities of the world. That particular special flavor, sometimes in many places in the world, is all too often lost over history. But in Penang, uniquely, it continued.

There is much Penang can teach the world today about acceptance and harmony in diversity.

* * * Walk down the streets of Penang with Anwar Fazal. |  View: https://vimeo.com/219493364

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Battle of Ideas: Towards a New Mobility Agenda for Penang

The central premise of the State’s strategy is simple . . .  to “move people, not vehicles”.    – From the Penang Transport Master Plan, at https://goo.gl/h9q8wm

INVITATION TO AN OPEN PUBLIC BRAINSTORM:

Can we get your support for or your reactions to a draft proposal that follows, for comparing the merits and the usefulness for the people of Penang for five alternative strategies for dealing with Penang’s most pressing transport/mobility needs and priorities? (Note: This is a very rough first introduction to this idea for creating a comprehensive independent basis for comparing the alternative strategies, targets and competence.)

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CHALLENGE : Toward a New Mobility Agenda for Penang. Start_here: 2017-2020

concept grahic on wall - ‘thinking in pictures credit www.createwithimpact.com and WayneHall

It is time well past for civil society to step forward with a New Mobility Agenda, strategy and guidelines to improve mobility and access for all in all of Penang. The present proposals and projects of the current state government administration and their “Transport Master Plan” are entirely inadequate in face of the many challenges, felt needs and priorities of the vast majority of Penangites.

As things stand today from the vantage of  a qualified sustainable transport planner, it has to be said that there is no strategy, there is no plan; there are only a collection of unlinked mega proposals for crushingly expensive (for future  taxpayers)  infrastructure projects that will almost inevitably do more harm than good.  And all that while offering little relief  to the people of Penang in the years immediately ahead.

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Op-Ed: On-street parking fees despite zero public transport?

India Pune parking chaos

Can on-street parking fees really help places with poor public transport?

 – Paul Barter, Adjunct Associate Professor, LKY School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
I was asked this many times in Pune, India, while I was there on mission three weeks ago*. Parking is a hot topic in this Maharashtra city of about 5 million people because many Pune streets have extreme parking problems and because the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has a new and progressive draft parking policy awaiting approval. However, public transport in Pune remains unappealing for vehicle owners. Hence the question.

The short answer is yes! 

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SLOW CITY TRANSITION: NOTES FOR A THINKING EXERCISE ______ “We are the inventors of a new world , My Sir “ _______

FB SC - Groningen streetThe idea of slowing top speeds on traffic in the city to reduce accidents and achieve other important systemic benefits would seem like a pretty sensible, straightforward and affordable thing to do. For a lot of reasons.  Let’s have a look.

* You may also want to check out our Slow City 2017 Reader and Slow City: Start here.

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SLOW CITY: START HERE

FOR THE RECORD AND IN BRIEF:

The first goal of a Slow City project for a city is  (a) to reduce traffic accidents and their human and economic costs sharply, by (b) strategically slowing down traffic speeds, system-wise. This gives the city a measurable output (accident data and on-street and in-vehicle ITS feedback), indispensable for evaluation and management purposes.

In this way a Slow City project relates closely in many ways to the more widely known Smart Cities projects, integrating information and communication technology (ICT) and Internet of things (IoT) technology in a secure fashion to manage the city’s assets

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Invitation to the New Mobility Fine Arts Collection: Summer 2017 SLOW CITY PENANG: TIME TO TAKE A GOOD HARD LOOK


SLOW CITY PENANG – AN INVITATION

From the New Mobility Fine Arts Collection, Summer 2017. From 1 July – 1 September

An online exhibit of donated photos, drawings, renderings, street art, child scribblings, videos, poems, proposed projects events . . . .illustrating these two very different sides of life in Penang: fast and slow. the good, he bad and the ugly.

– See https://www.facebook.com/NewMobilityArts/ for details

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