Travel time and trip length

Pulished in The Freeman (Philippine Star), July 5, 2012 Last week, we were talking about doughnuts. Not the sweet type that makes one susceptible to diabetes, but the phenomenon of the urban population to move outwards from the city center and Read More …

The Doughnut Effect

Published in The Freeman (Philippine Star), June 28, 2012 The emergence of suburban sprawl (suburbs) brought about by the desire for sparse, low density residential areas with individual “single-detached” dwelling areas may have been an ideal setting for the middle Read More …

Travel Time

The ongoing repair of the Marcelo B. Fernan Bridge gives us a good example of the term we are discussing today, “travel time.”  Consider this – the three local dailies in Cebu described the repair work as having caused, 1) Read More …

Why cities make sense (Part 2)

(Published in The Freeman, June 1, 2012) Initially, the fact that agglomeration of population results in more efficient settlements introduces the idea of zoning.  Placing more people together in a small area made the cost of delivering the “common” services Read More …

Skyscraper City or Urban Sprawl

My friends in skyscrapercity.com would probably love today’s title.  It’s not too often that people use the word “skyscraper” these days.  Maybe because the novelty of tall buildings faded.  The term actually became popular in the early 1990’s when building Read More …