Carnival of Cities Travels Around the Globe

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It’s been a long time since I joined an edition of the Carnival of Cities. I sent in my post about the No Rail petition, hoping to get some feedback from other cities about the impact that rail transit has had on their cities.

There hasn’t been any feedback as of yet but it was interesting to see how the Carnival of Cities has spread its wings over time. It has become almost a Carnival of Travel! It’s certainly worth a read to see what’s happening in other places to see if you want to travel there!

You can pick up a lot of information about all kinds of things across all kinds of country borders!

Here’s a small taste of what they’ve got going:

Then Roaming Tales takes us flying around some American cities for just a bit:

  • My favorite, okay one of my favorites, for this Carnival is this one in San Antonio
  • We get to see some of the arts in San Francisco via CatSynth.com
  • Leslie Carbone, who has joined us for the Carnival of Aloha before, will take us to Washington (D.C.) to see the Smithsonian
  • Go see more art on South Beach via the Seabird Chronicles which takes us to Miami
  • Miami checks in for a second time as Solo Friendly talks about the welcome warmth of that city in February
  • In Cincinnati we learn about USA-made vodka at Cincinnati Locavore

This is how I got involved:

Now, don’t think about getting lost over there and forget to cross back over the Pacific!  Be sure to check back here for the Carnival of Aloha which will go live on Monday!

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Caitlin // May 4, 2008 at 1:37 am

    Hi, thanks for linking to the carnival.

    Feedback from other cities about rail transit?

    I don’t know anything about the specifics of Honululu – I don’t know about its politics, its geographic layout, how much the rail infrastructure is going to cost, what the current state of public transport is, whether you are talking heavy rail or light rail (trams). So my comments may nor may not apply to Honululu.

    But I can say from having lived in various cites and travelled extensively that a good rail network is a fantastic thing for any city to have. I would simply not live in a city like Los Angeles that requires a car. I have never owned a car and I don’t even have my driver’s licence right now. I don’t need to because I have always lived in metropolitan areas with good public transport. I grew up in inner-city Sydney and I now live in central London.

    People in London whine about the Tube (the subway system) but it’s possible to travel across this city of 10 million people, from north to south, or east to west or any direction you choose, in about half an hour. It’s crowded and expensive but it’s also brilliant. London would not be a world capital and international centre of business, finance, the arts and everything else without it. In fact, London simply would not function without it.

    Sydney’s rail network doesn’t provide anything like the same coverage, though there are also buses and ferries and light rail. It’s expensive to build new heavy rail but I would certainly support a great deal of taxpayer investment in improving Sydney’s rail network. Instead, the government seems solely interested in building roads that don’t get used (like the Cross-City Tunnel).

    Around the world, I have enjoyed visiting cities such as New York, Paris and Tokyo with good public transport (usually rail systems) a whole lot more than cities such as Los Angeles that do not.

    I think rail transport is great. The problem is that it’s a big investment and for cities like London and New York the investment was made 50 or 100 or even 150 years ago, so we don’t currently have to pay for it. Light rail is a lot cheaper but unless it’s running on dedicated track, it can worsen traffic congestion and isn’t that fast anyway. If the city can afford to do it, I would say spend the money and do it properly. The worst of all worlds would be to cut costs and do a half-baked job – you would be better off with the status quo.

    PS I actually thought I was quite careful NOT to make it just a carnival of travel! There were quite a few general travel posts that had nothing to do with cities and towns and I didn’t include them in the round up.

  • 2 Evelyn // May 4, 2008 at 8:13 am

    Hi Caitlin! I think the Carnival was great! I love the fact that it gave so much information about places without being all about hotels and the lot. That observation was intended as a compliment to how big and far-reaching it has become. Please don’t be offended!

    As far as the rail in concerned, they’ve already assessed the commute time on the rail and it’s a joke! People in Honolulu love their freedom and will rely on whatever gets them where the need to go the quickest and the most reliably. According to the reports, that’s going to be anything but the rail! We’ll see how it goes. Hopefully, the petition will be effective in getting the question on the ballot so the people can weigh in rather than the unilateral decision making coming from the office of the mayor.

  • 3 Caitlin // May 4, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Don’t worry, I wasn’t offended! I didn’t take it that way at all.

    I agree that anything as important as a rail system needs a proper assessment and democratic, meaningful consultation.

  • 4 Karen Bryan // May 5, 2008 at 6:15 am

    Hello from the UK, great for my post about Edinburgh to get some more publicity on your blog. Blogging can make the world seem a small place.

    I host a monthly Europe Travel Blog Carnival which I published today:
    http://www.europealacarte.co.uk/blog/2008/05/05/europe-travel-blog-carnival-5-may-2008/

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  • 6 Evelyn // May 5, 2008 at 8:53 am

    Hey Karen! Thank you for stopping by! 🙂 You’re right, we’re getting more tightly knit with every blogger that comes on board in the blogosphere! We’re just carnival-happy around here! Sharing just makes for a brighter Monday!

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