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Blogosphere: Ensuring Vibrant Streets, Car Commuting Costs, LA's Continental Crosswalk, EU's Shrinking Cities

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.

Blogosphere: Legislating Against Vibrant Streets


Traditionally, John Norquist says, major streets in urban locations have three purposes. He labels these: "Movement, market purpose and social purpose."...

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Blogosphere: Car Commuting Costs Marin Billions

The Greater Marin

Marin's commuting workforce travels quite a distance for work, 11.5 miles each way on average, thanks in part to its relatively suburban character. Although most would say such a commute isn't terrible, commuting even that far is a massive financial loss to everyone involved, and Marin's economy suffers for it...

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Blogosphere: Exhaust Emission of Transit Buses

The City Fix

EMBARQ, the producer of this blog, has recently released a working paper "Exhaust Emissions of Transit Buses". This report is the in a series that will compare bus lifecycle emissions and costs specifically in Mexico, Brazil and India...

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Blogosphere: Indianapolis Swaps for EVs and Hybrids

Wired Magazine

You read that right. The first U.S. city to outfit itself entirely with electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids is Indianapolis, Indiana. Time to up your game, San Francisco and Austin...

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Blogosphere: City Unveils "Continental Crosswalk"

LA Streetsblog

No pedestrian left behind? At a just concluded press conference at the newly installed continental crosswalk, commonly known as a zebra crosswalk, at 5th and Spring in Downtown Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced a new program to replace traditional pedestrian crossings with the more visible crosswalk pictured above...

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Blogosphere: Let's Stop Hiding in Fear of Mileage Fee

DC Streetsblog

In June, the House of Representatives voted to ban U.S. DOT from even studying the viability of switching from the gas tax to a vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) fee. But the tide may be turning:..

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Blogosphere: What Can Nantes Teach US Cities?

NRDC Switchboard

The city of Nantes, the fifth largest in France, sits on the estuary where the storied River Loire begins to meet the Atlantic Ocean on that country's northwestern coast...

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Blogosphere: "Shrinking Cities" an EU Opportunity

Urban Current

In recent years, "shrinking cities" - urban regions experiencing a population decline as a result of such factors as economic deterioration and outmigration, population aging, low fertility rates, suburbanization, etc. - have quickly risen to the forefront of the global urban policy debate...

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Blogosphere: Before GIS

Per Square Mile

Eric Fischer found this relief map depicting the predicted traffic volumes of the "National System of Interregional Highways", later known as the Interstate system...

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