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Blogosphere: City's Bike Usage Video, House Conference Work, Voting On Job Access In Atlanta, Bus & Rail Mantras

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: What Big City Transportation Officials Want

Transportation Issues Daily


The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) was founded to help key large cities have a "meaningful political and technical relationship with each other on transportation-related issues, and to develop a stronger critical relationship with USDOT...

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Blogosphere: Day in the Life of City's Bike Usage

Grist


This video is probably what Ralph Steadman sees when he takes half a tab of acid and looks at a map of Budapest, but it's also a data visualization of the city's bike usage during a 24-hour period...

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Blogosphere: House Tries to Work Will in Conference

DC Streetsblog


The 47 members of the transportation bill conference committee have a lot on their plates: The Senate's MAP-21 bill includes many provisions Republicans don't like, the House slapped controversial "poison pills" onto its non-bill, and chair Barbara Boxer wants this all wrapped up in a few weeks...

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Blogosphere: How Much Will $6B Improve Access to Jobs

Streetsblog.net


We've written a few times about how transit referendums need a simple, to-the-point message summarizing what voters can expect to receive in return. Here's how they're doing it in Atlanta...

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Blogosphere: Vancouver's Frequent Network Map

Human Transit


The Wayfinding team at Vancouver's TransLink has finally unveiled their new network map, with Frequent Network designations. In this case...orange:..

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Blogosphere: Connecting Employment Means Ridership 

The Atlantic Cities


At first glance Broward County, Florida, doesn't look like the friendliest place for public transportation. The metro area just north of Miami has a couple downtown areas - Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood...

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Blogosphere: Brown - Plant the Seeds of Growth for HSR

California HSR Blog


Last week Governor Jerry Brown appeared on CBS This Morning to discuss the state budget deficit and the high speed rail project. Governor Brown defended the HSR project as "planting the seeds for future growth":..

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Blogosphere: Bus and Rail Mantras

Pedestrian Observations


Bus is cheaper than rail. Paint is cheap. Rail only made sense a hundred years ago when construction costs were lower. Trains have no inherent advantage over buses. It doesn't cost more to operate a bus than to operate a train...

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URBANISM/HOUSING/CITIES

Blogosphere: The Value of Value Capture

Streetsblog DC


Today we spend money on infrastructure in the hopes of creating growth. That's backwards. Infrastructure should not be a catalyst for growth but something that emerges in support of productive patterns of development. ..

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Blogosphere: Metropolitan Nature of IPOs

The New Republic


Facebook's IPO (Initial Public Offering) is projected to value the company at $104 billion. Reportedly, only Visa has had a larger IPO. Only time will tell if Facebook is really worth such an astronomical sum, but one thing about it is not all extraordinary: Its location in the Bay Area. ..

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Blogosphere: LAs Original Subway

Gelato Baby (via @thetransitfan)


By now almost everyone knows (I hope!) that LA has a subway system. But did you know that this is not the first subway that LA has ever had?..

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Blogosphere: Village Where Houses are Instruments

Grist


The Music Box is a New Orleans art installation that makes regular artist's colonies look like Camazotz. In this tiny shantytown, every building is also a musical instrument, and the entire town can be played in a beautiful, spooky symphony that looks and sounds like something out of Coraline...

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Blogosphere: Livable Communities for Whom

LA Streetsblog


When environmental advocates talk about urban sustainability, we often focus on how people use space and how we can encourage design that has a lesser impact on the environment. How do people get around, are there single or mixed use developments, how can we minimize commutes between work, the grocery store, and home?...

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Blogosphere: When An Earthquake Meets Old Buildings

The Atlantic Cities


The impact of the 6.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Italy's Emilia-Romagna region on Sunday appears to have been made worse by the fact that significant seismic activity is rare there...

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Blogosphere: Why Are Neighborhoods Fighting Reform

Next American City


During a discussion about efforts to reform Seattle's land use regulations, I was reminded of the taxonomy that divides the city's most influential constituencies into four: Labor, neighborhoods, developers and environmentalists...

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Blogosphere: Overbuilding Seattle May Be a Good Idea

Seattle Land Use Code


Among the more risible arguments advanced by the anti-growth crowd is that somehow by allowing more development in Seattle we will end up overbuilt, with too many housing units and not enough people to fill them...

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Blogosphere: Right Way to Zone for TOD

The Atlantic Cities


Two years ago, I wrote a short article titled "Transit-oriented development requires more than transit and development." My point was that to maximize the powerful potential of public transportation to reduce automobile dependence and associated environmental impacts, we should be thoughtful about it...

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Blogosphere: Classifying the Built Environment Zones

The Urban Times


Each day countless commuters trek through the commuter zone to the CBD, from T3 to T6, from "MSA but not in a central city" to "central city of an MSA," from residential subdivision to financial district, from sparsely populated to densely populated, and from suburban to urban core...

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Blogosphere: The Rise of the Mini Home

This Big City


I've written before about how much I enjoy living in a small home in a walkable neighbourhood. Apparently I am not the only one. Real estate trends, urban planning theorists, and architects in North America are coming to the realization that more and more young people - Generation Y - and even their soon-to-be-empty nest parents, want a smaller home...

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Blogosphere: Plant Tags for Urban Objects

Pop Up City


This is for all the urban gardeners out there. No, I don't mean actual gardening in the city: Carmichael Collective (yes, the insect memorial folks) have been placing their Urban Plant Tags around Minneapolis lately...

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Blogosphere: Mapping Global Water Stress

The Atlantic Cities


Water scarcity is likely to be one of the great problems facing the planet this century. Various risk factors contribute to the scarcity of clean water. A new mapping tool from the World Resources Institute visualizes how those risk factors can combine to create large problems...

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Blogosphere: Facebook Effect on SF Real Estate

The Basis Point (via @thomashawk)


Three weeks ago some clients wrote a $1.25m offer on a 1400 square foot 3-bed, 1-bath house with original kitchen and bath near San Francisco's Dolores Park. They weren't even close. There were 51 offers. It sold for $1.4m and closed 8 days after offers were due...

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