A picture is worth a thousand words, but what does it mean?
This picture in particular is very revealing.
A busy intersection in the heart of a metropolitan area of nine and a half million residents with... deer?
Yes, they are cuddly and cute but that's not the point. What should we take away from this one?
Mixture and ecosystems.
What is meant by that?
Today's urban condition is an ecosystem rather than a monoculture or single use one. Uses are shared depending on the time of day and season. Sounds simple but that's a very radical idea. (Just ask the folks down at Zoning or the facilities VP at DePaul who would not even consider the food truck idea at their Fullerton Parking Lot.)
Shared ecosystems are at the heart of what sustainability is. It's gonna be an uphill climb to change our single-use Zoning ordinances to reflect this reality. The Super Bikeway is a product of this thinking. What ideas do you have?
Here's a section of the Super Bikeway with the added deer.