Out the Bus Window from Essaouria to Marrakech

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Essaouira, Morocco
Brown pup has a rock and a piece of folded cardboard for a pillow! Black pup needs to step up his game (or swipe that from brown pup.)

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Snails for dinner in Marrakech’s central square, Djemaa el-Fna,

Valenica, Spain

Valencia, ES: Exurban hospitality
September 8th, 2010

Nuevo Centro
Valenica, Spain
Buildings on the Beach
Barcelona, ES
August 8th, 2010

Barcelona, ES

Torre Agbar, Jean Nouvel, 2005
Barcelona, Spain

Parc Guell, Antoni Gaudi, 1914
Barcelona, Spain

Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, Antoni Gaudi, 1886-present
Barcelona, Spain

Casa Batilló, Antoni Gaudi, 1887; Renovated 1904-1906
Barcelona, ES

Links (July 23, 2010)

Slate The Nimblest City
With cities projected to be home to 3/4 of the world’s population, Tom Vanderbilt looks at the top 5 reader suggestions for improving urban transport.

Kaid Benfield: NRDC Tax revenue from downtown mixed-use outperforms big-box superstores and malls
With dwindling public budgets, every dollar from property taxes county. In Sarasota, Walmart and Costco produce just slightly more tax revenue than a single-family house on a per acre basis, and the high-end mall produces $22,000/acre annually. Meanwhile, a downtown mixed-use development earns a whopping $800,000/acre each year.

Affordable Housing News Bridging the Gap Between Preservation and Transit
A National Housing Trust study of 20 US cities reveals nearly 70% of the 250,000 subsidized apartments within a half-mile of transit have expiring federal contracts. In an effort to maintain the subsidized housing supply, state and local governments have created local TOD Funds or included transit provisions in state Qualified Application Plan (QAP) for the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC).

Think Progress Libertarianism on the Road
Matt Yglesias takes issue with Randall O’Toole for failing to acknowledge the government’s role in subsidizing automobile usage while lambasting government operation of public transit.

Washington Post Amid Montgomery cuts, planning agency to go dark for a week to save money, jobs
My former employer is shutting its doors for two weeks in an effort to save energy and maximize savings from furlough days.

Treehugger Tiny Transformer Kitchen Occupies Less Than 10 Square Feet When Closed
Unlike the article’s title, the kitchen is compact, and quite cool.

Wall Street Journal The Transforming City Seen From Above
This a pretty fascinating way to spend an afternoon. City cartographers have added aerial photos from 1951 to NYCityMap, a tool that lets users find city services and information about buildings. Maps are also available from 1924, 1996, 2006, and 2008.