Vaidila Satvika

Vaidila Satvika is an Urban Planner with the City of Asheville

walkable city

Walkable Urbanism: When your city is looking in the wrong direction.

In cases where cities have little control over the roads, there’s a disincentive to focus on them.

October 24, 2022

Energy Slaves

Vacation from Emissions

I propose we rethink the idea of the “vacation” and transform any time we’ve accrued for leisure to be used instead for climate emergency action and to reconnect to nature. These small actions have the potential to shift others and society toward larger, more significant change.

July 15, 2019

unmowed lawn

Lawns to the Rescue

It’s an amazing experiment to leave a lawn alone for a couple months and to watch what happens. Nature comes back fast. Trees, flowers, and all the critters return.

June 21, 2019

The Hidden Argument Against Bike Share (and Bike Anything)

Cities everywhere are working to improve transportation options to reduce reliance on automobiles and for this reason bicycling as another mode of transport is taking off. But there’s a lot of push back because in the U.S. car culture is king, and the hidden argument against bikes is rarely made public.

April 30, 2013