A recent post by @alanthefisher—a supercut of gridlocked traffic in an expanse of ever-widening freeways, where lanes are added but congestion always remains—is typical of urbanist TikTok. It’s a short, funny, and meme-y (ie, in the “TikTok style”), and it’s educational, effectively communicating the concept of induced demand in all of about 30 seconds. It also has nearly half a million views.
The fields of city planning, transportation, housing, and architecture don’t typically come to mind when thinking about viral social content. Nevertheless, this urbanist corner of TikTok (“CitiesTok”) is flourishing, particularly among a younger generation trapped in the suburbs during the pandemic. From Bloomberg:
This generation’s teenage rebellion against their parents consists of showing up at city council meetings to advocate for denser housing, slower speed limits, and more bike lanes. You love to see it.
Some of our recent work for Del Webb at their new Wildlight location.
New Cybertruck just dropped: