Reconnecting America People * Places * Possibility

Blogosphere: $50B Infrastructure Offer, Wisconsin Freeway Farce, Affordable Housing Crisis, Cairo Urbanist Movement

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.
TRANSPORT

Blogosphere: Obama Takes Swing at $50B Infrastructure

DC Streetsblog


President Obama is pressing for infrastructure investment again as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations. The president kicked off talks calling for an end to the debt ceiling, the extension of middle-class tax cuts, and $50 billion in infrastructure spending..

Read On

Blogosphere: San Diego Plan Violates SB375

LA Streetsblog


When it was passed last March, the long-term transportation plan was hailed as "visionary" for its investment in transit, bicycling and pedestrian projects. The plan was the first regional plan passed under S.B. 375, a landmark piece of legislation that mandated that transportation plans be tied to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions...

Read On

Blogosphere: Walker's Freeway Farce

Urban Milwaukee


Two years ago, conservatives had a field day going after Democrat Tom Barrett for allegedly delaying the reconstruction of the Zoo Interchange. The issue arose during the 2010 gubernatorial race...

Read On

Commentary: Streetcar Project Would Boost Vitality

Kansas City Star


It doesn't look at all like Christmas in Kansas City. December seems like a stranger in its new summer clothes. But on Saturday night, a friend and I enjoyed the balmy temperatures...

Read On

Blogosphere: 4 Republicans Could Work Across Aisle

DC Streetsblog


First Rep. Tim Johnson of Illinois announced his retirement. Then Ohio's Rep. Steve LaTourette said he couldn't take the petty gridlock anymore and followed suit...

Read On
URBANISM | HOUSING | CITIES | ENVIRONMENT

Commentary: The Affordable Housing Crisis

New York Times


The precious few federal programs that provide rental assistance to the nation's poorest and most vulnerable families are already underfinanced. These programs provide decent housing for about only a quarter of the low-income families who qualify for them...

Read On

Blogosphere: How I Learned to Love the Luxury Condo

Bloomberg


With nine subway lines, downtown Brooklyn, New York, has more rapid transit than Chicago. You wouldn't know that looking at its parking requirements for new development: four spots for every 10 units in buildings of any significant size...

Read On

Blogosphere: A Park Where There Was a Canal

ASLA Dirt


Washington, D.C.'s Navy Yard has undergone an unbelievable transformation in the past few years. What was once an isolated naval base and seedy area made up of industrial buildings and strip clubs has become home to a real neighborhood ..

Read On

Blogosphere: Urbanist Movement Grows in Cairo

Next American City


Jamel Mubarak leans over the side of his balcony overlooking Tahrir Square and makes a simple observation: Cairo, the city of his birth, is not as pretty as it used to be...

Read On

Blogosphere: Cities Densify or Disperse When Growing?

Old Urbanist


In a recent post, Chris Bradford has built on some of the findings I made on weighted density last month to show how housing affordability has relatively little relation to density...

Read On

Blogosphere: Cities Densify or Disperse When Growing?

Old Urbanist


In a recent post, Chris Bradford has built on some of the findings I made on weighted density last month to show how housing affordability has relatively little relation to density...

Read On

Blogosphere: How Our Tax System is Failing Cities

The Atlantic Cities


In a nation with more than 19,492 incorporated municipalities, all with varying degrees of autonomy and authority when it comes to designing their fiscal systems, policymakers have fabricated a crazy quilt of local revenue...

Read On

Blogosphere: Redeveloping the Depot District

Utah Policy


For about one third of future households - families, baby boomers and the "millennials" -- quality of life implies the ability to live, work and play in convenient, walkable urban centers close to jobs, transportation, shopping, restaurants, arts and entertainment...

Read On