It’s a civic resource, an index of inequality, and a requirement for public health. Shade should be a mandate for urban designers.
published an article I wrote about the politics of shade in Los Angeles. Shade, as in, what’s under a tree, or a covered walkway, or created by an awning—basically, where you want to be on a hot day. It’s cooler there! 1/
"Shade is often understood as a luxury amenity, lending calm to courtyards + tree-lined blvds, cooling + obscuring jewel boxes + glass cubes. But as deadly, 100-degree heatwaves become commonplace, we have to learn to see shade as a civic resource..."
Half Cab Sav
This is a nice discussion of a public resource that intersects with multiple policy fields, planning issues, and patterns of difference in the city: shade.
all powerful bikesexual lobby
urban shade is gay, pass it on
“There are nearly 1,900 official bus shelters in Los Angeles city limits... Who decides where the shade goes?”
Shade is the difference between a pleasant walk or a miserable one, and as the days heat up its the difference between a safe walk and an unsafe one.