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Blogosphere: Congress' Transpo Failure, Seattle Parking Rates, Urban Ghost Towns, Land-Use Planning By Lawsuit, Miami Zoning Lessons

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: Congress Again Fails on Infrastructure

Washington Post Wonkbook


On Friday, President Obama signed the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012. Odds are you didn't hear about it. There wasn't a signing ceremony in the Rose Garden, and no one on the Hill rushed to the cameras to take the credit...

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Blogosphere: Revenue After Parking Rate Increase

DC Streetsblog


Parking reformers, this is one you're going to want to bookmark. The announcement that Seattle would be raising parking rates in certain neighborhoods was greeted with a good bit of teeth gnashing - and that continues, especially among some business owners...

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Blogosphere: Proposed Fed Safety Regs Under Scrutiny

DC Streetsblog


In June 2009, a fatal crash on the D.C. Metro prompted federal lawmakers to consider adding a new layer of transit safety oversight. Senator Barbara Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, introduced the National Metro Safety Act of 2009 to establish national safety standards for transit systems...

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Blogosphere: Everything You Wanted to Know About BRT

The Atlantic Cities


If you're a Bus Rapid Transit believer, here's the dream - a commute around town that is as efficient as a train without the cost of finding the land, laying the tracks, acquiring the train cars and building the stations...

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Blogosphere: Return of Private Passenger Rail Service?

National Review


The Florida East Coast Railway, a legendary company that played a key role in spurring the state's population boom in the first decades of the last century, has announced ambitious plans for passenger rail service between Miami and Orlando..

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Blogosphere: Aotea Station Redevelopment 

Auckland (NZ) Transport Blog


This post is the first of three that will focus on the proposed stations that are to be constructed as part of the City Rail Link project: Aotea Station, K Road Station and Newton Station...

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Blogosphere: If Washington Can't Go, Chicago Will

The Transport Politic


Though the details are not yet in full view, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to spend $7.2 billion over the next three years on infrastructure upgrades represents a truly significant advance in the field of municipal investment in the United States...

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URBANISM/HOUSING/CITIES

Blogosphere: Highlighting Transp/Health Link

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


The County Health Roadmaps project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Public Health Institute, includes efforts to build connections within and between local communities and national partners, including grants to coalitions across the U.S...

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Editorial: Land Use Planning by Lawsuit is Wrong

Press Democrat


The five-year saga of a Petaluma couple seeking to relocate their dental practices to another medical building on Petaluma's west side has finally come to a close, underscoring how - with enough resistance, money and lawyers - local land use laws can be trampled and ultimately overridden...

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Blogosphere: Cities Menacing Without People

The Atlantic Cities


When you think of ghost towns, your mind doesn't typically gravitate to New York, Paris, and Beijing. Yet that's what these thriving metropolises have become in the hands of Lucie & Simon, a Paris-based art duo behind the apocalyptic photo series, "Silent World."..

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Blogosphere: Midwestern Economic Miscalculation

The Atlantic Cities


All over the Midwest, cities and towns are embracing new growth in their traditional industries with relief and delight. In northern Minnesota, iron ore has made a comeback. In Youngstown, Ohio, a new $650 million steel plant is under construction...

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Blogosphere: Real Estate Market Segmentation

Seattle Transit Blog


In liberal Seattle, almost everyone agrees that affordable housing is important, although people are as not as quick to speak well of its cousin, reduced housing prices...

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Blogosphere: Revitalize Our Building Stock, Economy

Rooflines


For the same reason that many admire the Flatiron building in New York City, I had a special affinity for one of the original Jos. A. Schlitz taverns in Milwaukee. Some will review the enclosed photos and wonder how one could ever compare the two...

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Blogosphere: Lessons on Zoning from Miami

Metropolis Magazine POV


I've heard zoning called a lot of things: an invisible hand that shapes the city, a legal framework for protecting property investments, and the primary tool for protecting communities and culture...

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Blogosphere: Why China Lags on Innovation/Creativity

The Atlantic Cities


China's rise as an economic power has been staggering. Its manufacturing prowess is well-established, having earned it the moniker, "the world's factory." ..

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