Q:about the bus ban: personally, i think the problem isn't just buses blocking other cars - it's discipline. drivers need to stop swerving from lane to lane constantly and holding up traffic because they're driving diagonally across two lanes. more so with buses. walking wouldn't hurt, i agree - if manila's sidewalks were at all safe to walk at night. i don't think banning buses is the answer, really. there's a better solution out there, and it doesn't involve stranding dozens of commuters.
I can only think of one solution, that MRT proposal from Commonwealth Avenue to SM North (MRT 7) and from SM North to Espana and Quiapo (MRT 9). MRT 7 is one step short of construction, MRT 9 is meh.
That could have the MRT for super long distance trips, buses for medium distance trips and the jeeps for the short trips.
This is an article for the online magazine I did with Mike Rebuyas. All photos here are from some #JaywalkersPH members.
(Designing the Walkable City by Michael Southworth, published in the ASCE Journal)
This is an excerpt from a journal that I read when I was still researching related literature for my Undergraduate Thesis. A year after I finished the thesis, the highly talked about Bus Ban ordinance in Manila surfaced.
The City Hall made the move to make Manila more “walkable” and have a smoother flow of traffic. The immediate effect was the faster traffic in Taft Avenue and Espana Boulevard but bottlenecking in Welcome Rotonda in the Manila-QC boudary. The other is the two/three mode transfer just to get to your destination in Manila which I experienced. I have to board off the bus and ride a Quiapo Jeep at D. Tuazon to get to Morayta.
I am actually pro Bus Ban in Manila, but obviously, some factors are not taken into account (like QC Mayor Bistek’s feelings LOL). I think for this scheme to be fully effective, a good Bus-Jeep/LRT link must exist within the last stop of the Manila Bound buses before they return, aside from the security issue, which is a bigger threat to pedestrian safety.
It’s high time for Metro Manila residents to act like a more world class metropolitan citizens rather than urban people with suburban ways of thinking and living. A hundred meter walk won’t hurt right?
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This is the empty lot beside the Cathedral. Notice the tarpaulin coverings in the perimeter. This is Palacio del Gobernador’s parking area.
Engineering Perspective: First Signs of an impending Construction
Non-Engineering Perspective: Protected Vehicle Parking facility.
Manila’s getting a facelift. While the progress is slow, let’s say that there is progress. You don’t build a city in a jiffy, that’s for sure.
1. San Agustin Church in exposed adobe finishing.
2. Santa Cruz Church in new facade finishing.
3. Ayuntamiento de Manila as if 1945 never happened
4. Signs of Construction in San Ignacio Church ruins.
5 - 6. Manila and Makati from the FEATI University view.
PS: I haven’t been using my camera lately, so these are from my mobile phone. I’m always in Manila 3-4 times a week.
Can you believe that this was Avenida Rizal (Carriedo to Recto Segment) at 3PM today?
I believe that this strip of Avenida is always full of hawkers and other traffic obstructions at any time, in the past. I could just ask myself on how many more days until the old choked form of Avenida returns.
Somebody made some news yesterday on his unsolicited proposal to adopt a 4 day work week to ease traffic congestion in the Metropolis. At a quick glance, it might not help at all but if those 4 day work week are staggered so that some companies will have a Monday to Thursday, some will have Tuesdays to Thursdays and some will have Wednesdays to Saturdays.
But analyzing it, only the “Manic Monday” traffic will be minimized. Let me study it deeper.
Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency.
NB: This quote is widely attributed to him though no one can validate if he himself had uttered these words.
Puente Ayala, Ermita Manila.
Even Before the War, the Ayalas are already here in the Philippines. Yes, their enclave before they made their empire in Makati was located in this part of Ermita, near the San Marcelino. All the streets named after women here are all part of that big clan. Aranetas, Zobels and other. You can see somehow that they have blood connections back then.