Also: The particular creativity of dense urban neighborhoods, and how Helsinki built “book heaven.”
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Ghost busters: Halloween is one of the year’s more creative opportunities to express your love (or hate) for city policy, and this year, some of the most popular selections involved contemporary trends in transportation: Plenty of people went as scooters and bus-only lanes, while the perennial subway maps or train line get-ups made the rounds.
For my vote, the best costumes got regionally specific to great effect, like the Pittsburgh sinkhole bus. Or the head-chopping “Sexy BART murder gate” that Sam Bertken and Kelly Akemi Groth of San Francisco dressed as, shown below. Groth tells CityLab that, later at a bar, “Some woman gave us $2 for fare.”
And it just wouldn’t be Halloween without a classic Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses couples costume. Katie Shaw Thompson and Parker Thompson, founding organizers of transportation advocacy nonprofit Elgin Bike Hub in Illinois, dressed this year as the urbanist rivals.
But what would you dress up as if you were an architect? A building, of course. That’s what happened as the Council on Tall Urban Buildings and Habitat celebrated its 50th anniversary in Chicago this week, with a skyscraper costume ball.
CityLab’s Amanda Kolson Hurley rounded up “who wore it better,” comparing each outfit with its real life counterpart. Check it out: A Costume Ball Where Architects Dress as Buildings
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