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Blogosphere: Better Busways, Streetcar Revitalization, Megaregional Change, Grading Highways, TOD in Dallas

Blogosphere - In this section you'll find commentary, opinion and editorials from blogs and newspapers around the country. The opinions expressed in these blogs do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Reconnecting America.

Opinion: Better Busways Don't Require Own Lanes

Talk Gwinnett


No good deed goes unpunished. In reference to the editorial "Streetcar nirvana," that appeared in the Nov. 26 Opinion section, let me clarify my opinion of the streetcar...

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Commentary: Streetcar Beginning of Revitalization

Salt Lake Tribune


No good deed goes unpunished. In reference to the editorial "Streetcar nirvana," that appeared in the Nov. 26 Opinion section, let me clarify my opinion of the streetcar...

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Blogosphere: Living, Working, and Centralization

Old Urbanist


Reading Alon Levy's recent post on transit and employment centralization started me thinking about the urban consumption of space, at home and at work. Does an office district, during working hours, contain an even denser concentration of people than its tall buildings might outwardly suggest?...

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Blogosphere: Megaregional Change

Pedestian Observations


Just as transportation networks can create a new megaregion, so can they work to destroy one. Back in 1910, the golden age of manufacturing centralization, the US had a megaregion, namely the core formed by the quadrilateral whose vertices are Boston, Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Baltimore...

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Blogosphere: The Fringe Suburb Might be Dead

Radials Blog


It seems like progressive urbanism is starting to sell papers. Two pieces on suburban sprawl, that ever creeping bogey man facing every urban planner under 50, have graced the front pages of the New York Times website over the past three days...

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Blogosphere: What's the Hold Up on Van Ness BRT?

SF Streetsblog


For what's intended to be a relatively quick, cost-effective transportation solution, San Francisco's first Bus Rapid Transit route on Van Ness Avenue has been a long time coming...

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Blogosphere: For Highways, Getting a D Isn't So Bad

Greater Greater Washington


Listen to any discussion of highway congestion and you will inevitably hear about Level of Service (LOS), which assigns a letter grade to the congestion level of road segments...

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Blogosphere: How to Make TOD Work in Metro Dallas

DC Streetsblog


For decades, Dallas mega-suburb Plano planned and prepared for this moment. The historic downtown - a poorly-scaled anachronism from when this city of 260,000 housed a mere 3,500 people - was revitalized and reimagined as a "transit village."..

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Blogosphere: Will There Ever Be Reauthorization?

DC Streetsblog


SAFETEA-LU has been extended eight times over more than two years. Legislators on both sides are tired of delays and see the need for a new reauthorization bill that sets new policy and does something about the Highway Trust Fund before it runs clean out of cash...

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Blogosphere: Don't Compare Cleveland to New York?

Rust Wire


Ok. I've lived in Cleveland for three years. And over that time I have been sort of amazed by the level of consensus city residents have on a few key issues...

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Blogosphere: Transport Funding Just a PR Problem?

DC Streetsblog


How can you convince Americans that transportation is important enough to invest in? That's the question that brought together five former U.S. Transportation Secretaries this week at the University of Virginia's Miller Center...

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Blogosphere: Charlotte Transit PLan Makeover

The Naked City


The stalled-for-years proposal to build a commuter rail line from downtown Charlotte north to the booming suburban towns of Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson and Mooresville is getting a significant makeover, not just cosmetic surgery...

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Blogosphere: Relationship Between Bikes & Red Lights

The Atlantic Cities


It'll come as no surprise to cyclists-not to mention irritated drivers-that bike riders tend to have what we might kindly refer to as selective vision when it comes to stop signs and traffic signals...

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Blogosphere: A Suburb in the Clouds

The Pop Up City


We have heard a lot about the city in the cloud over the last years - a term that is used to define the digitalization of cities. In New York's latest suburb there might emerge a real city in the cloud...

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Blogosphere: Art and Urban Density

City Journal


When you're considering the history of a great city, the history of its art deserves special attention. Recently, a gallery exhibition on Manhattan's Lower East Side provided a unique visualization of the way art gets woven into the New York fabric...

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Blogosphere: A Paris Made to Be Destroyed

Deconcrete


Before Radar was invented warfare tactics could rely on visual tricks and trompe-l'oeil as a means of passive defence. The half-accomplished project of a Sham Paris outside Paris (Faux Paris, 1918) was a fake city to be largely exposed and to attract the most attention from German bomber planes flying above at night...

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Blogosphere: A Floating Silicon Valley

The Atlantic Cities


Since September 11, America's increased concern with security has threatened to undermine its ability to attract global talent...

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Blogosphere: Evaluating Residential Courtyards

The Polis


As urban populations rise, along with stronger imperatives to reduce carbon emissions, the need for green space in cities is greater than ever. While initiatives like MillionTreesNYC are addressing this need quantitatively, qualitative measures are also needed to assure that taxpayers experience real value over time...

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Blogosphere: The Quest for Sustainability at 7B

The Urban Current


Earlier this week, according to the U.N. Population Fund, the world's population surpassed 7 billion. With the global economy in recession and the impacts of a warming climate increasingly apparent, this new milestone comes at a time of enormous strain and has significant implications for the world's natural resources...

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