On May 4, Reconnecting America President and CEO John Robert Smith and economist Joe Cortright, senior policy advisor for CEOs for Cities, will discuss how transportation investments can be targeted to bolster economic growth, create jobs, foster development and support community health. Kirk Schueler, chief administrative officer of Saint Charles Health System, will provide opening remarks at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon.
This research investigates the rationale behind the parking mandate in the minimum street width requirement for residential streets adopted by most local U.S. governments. For example, a minimum width requirement of 36 feet for a residential street automatically provides two 10-foot traffic lanes and two 8-foot parking lanes, making it a de facto parking policy. Such a street standard provides a large amount (between 740 million and 1.5 billion) of parking spaces on residential streets, in addition to abundant off-street parking spaces (garage and driveway), and it costs trillions of dollars in road investments. This research explores the two common beliefs underlying the parking mandate: that it is an amenity reflecting market demand, and that it is a technical necessity based on traffic safety concerns.
This research surveyed the decision makers of street standards in the United States: directors of departments of public works or transportation in local…
In 1848, Charles Fontayne and William Porter produced one of the most famous photographs in the history of the medium - a panorama spanning some 2 miles of Cincinnati waterfront. They did it with eight 6.5- by 8.5-inch daguerreotype plates, a then-new technology that in skilled hands displays mind-blowing resolution. .. Read On
Charlestown is just across the Charles River from the rest of Boston, once an independent town but annexed by Boston in 1874. First settled in 1624, it later became the first capital of the Massachusetts Bay Colony... Read On
Last week, John Charles of the Cascade Policy Institute penned his latest missive against Milwaukie MAX. While I share concerns about the cost of the project, I view a comprehensive rapid transit network throughout the metro region as something which is vitally important... Read On
Last March, Mayor Michael Bloomberg dined privately with a small group of guests that included his former transportation commissioner, Iris Weinshall, and her husband, the United States Senator, Charles Schumer... Read On
Charles Montgomery, a dynamic young Canadian author and speaker, who will soon publish Happy City, a work he has spent a "half decade researching," gave one of the keynotes at the 2011 ASLA Annual Meeting. He argued that "places, stories, rituals control our behavior," but indeed place may matter the most for our collective happiness... Read On