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Urbanists! This is a really long issue, but you're going to like it. I dig into the NTSB's report on
May 27 · Issue #35 · View online
Radical Urbanist
This is a really long issue, but you’re going to like it.
I dig into the NTSB’s report on the fatal Uber collision and its other troubles; the new plan to improve NYC transit and the political hurdles it faces; and how California is trying to regulate new transport solutions.
There’s also a great GIF of China’s subway expansion, and I particularly loved the pieces about library spaces for teens and the open-source map of pre-1948 Palestine in the list of other great reads. Finally, I end this issue by highlighting the crowdfounding campaign of a new book on video game cities.
Have a great Sunday, and enjoy the issue!

A damning verdict for Uber
NTSB: Uber’s sensors worked; its software utterly failed in fatal crash NTSB: Uber’s sensors worked; its software utterly failed in fatal crash
The day before the preliminary report was released, Uber announced it would permanently end its testing of self-driving vehicles in Arizona, but will resume them elsewhere in the future. Since the crash, consumer trust in self-driving vehicles, which was already low, has plummeted even further.
An Uber driver also alleged this week that the company tried to pay him off after he was assaulted at a driver service center, and another Uber driver outside Atlanta was arrested while ferrying passengers for crimes including two counts of attempted rape, two counts of sexual battery, and three counts of aggravated burglary—calling into question the quality of Uber’s background checks.
Uber's Q1 Results – Reporters Show They Aren't Up to Reading Financials
Hope for NYC transit?
The MTA Finally Has a Blueprint to Fix Subways and Buses. Will Cuomo Support It?
Ambitious Plan to Fix New York Subway Is Already Facing Obstacles
China's impressive subway expansion
The rapid growth of China’s subway systems, courtesy The Outline.
Regulating tech's transport solutions
California's Heavy-Handed Plan to Regulate the Self-Driving Car Biz
San Francisco is sweeping its streets of electric scooters to make the industry legit
Other great reads
🇵🇸 A new open-source project using maps from the British Mandate period shows what Palestine looked like before 1948 and the destruction of more than 500 villages by the Israeli military
🇫🇮 Finland also puts a lot of effort into its libraries
🇨🇦 Mobility Pricing Commission leaves door open to congestion pricing in Vancouver
♿️ Damning report claims Uber and Lyft unable to provide wheelchair-accessible service for 70 percent of requests in NYC
🇪🇸 Madrid will ban all non-resident vehicles from the city center
🚨 New poll shows Californians want to repeal the gas tax increase that provides $5 billion in annual transportation funding
👎 Now that the media is reporting on Tesla’s (many) issues, Elon Musk wants to rate their “credibility”
Urban design in video games
I know this has been a long issue, but there’s one more thing I want to bring to your attention. Konstantinos Dimopoulos, a game urbanist with a PhD in urban planning, is crowdfunding his new book Virtual Cities which applies urban design principles to over 40 cities in video games big and small.
I first encountered Konstantinos on Medium, where he’s written great pieces on game cities and other urbanist topics. I’d particularly recommend his piece on the politics of transport technology and his presentation on designing cities in games.
If you want to know more about Virtual Cities or make a contribution, check out the project on Unbound.
Note: This is not a paid ad; I just really like Konstantinos’ work and thought some of you might be similarly interested.
✊❤️ Thanks for reading, and make sure to follow me on Twitter, Medium, and Instagram for even more!
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