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Getting More From The Direct Transfer

This week celebrated its first full month of service

The Direct Transfer is a joint project of The Overhead Wire and Reconnecting America and the brainchild of Jeff Wood, Reconnecting America's chief cartographer and new media director.'s goal is to be the go-to place each day for news and information about cities and moving within them. In the first month, more than a 1,000 links to articles have been cataloged in the website's six main categories -- Transport, Urbanism & Design, Urban Issues, Environment & Ecology and Other Views.

Sharing information is the key to making where we live and work better and the motivation behind Wood began curating articles for the Reconnecting America board more than 6 1/2 years ago and soon after began distributing his collections of article summaries and links to The Other Side Of The Tracks email list that today has more than 1,600 subscribers. In recent years, the content of the email newsletters have been posted here at provides an archive for all of the links distributed in the email newsletter and additional content, including upcoming conferences, new research papers, and videos.

Today, the email that goes out to The Other Side Of The Tracks subscribers represents just the 10 most recent posts in each category. Here at we re-distribute the content of The Other Side Of The Tracks in our news section divided into the five categories of plus the Quote of the Day. Clicking on the category title, for example Urbanism & Design, will take you to that category's page at, where additional items and previous items can be found.