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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

Opinion: Rendell - Way to Fund Transportation

Politico


Word that the House Transportation bill is running off the rails might be the best news yet for transit. The original Republican bill, now being revised, was too small to have any real impact on our systems or employment..

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Blogosphere: Mica Out and Shuster In on House Side

Streetsblog DC


CQ and AmericaBikes are reporting that Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-FL) has received a rebuke from House leadership, and will play a lesser role as the House reworks its foundering transportation bill. ..

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Blogosphere: Rockefeller Backs City's BRT Push

Chicago Tribune


Less than a week after Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced an "infrastructure trust" that will bankroll public works projects, the effort is getting help from another source--a big foundation that's giving nearly half a million dollars in grants to back development of a bus rapid transit system in Chicago...

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Blogosphere: Do Real Time Updates Increase Ridership

The Atlantic Cities


Late last month Wade Roush of Xconomy took a long look at how Google is changing the way people interact with their public transportation systems. The search engine empire now publishes the operating schedules of more than 475 transit agencies around the world...

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Blogosphere: Key Vote on Senate Transpo Bill

DC Streetsblog


In interviewing a number of experts for an upcoming article about the prospects of passing a transportation bill, I've found a surprising amount of disagreement about whether the Senate bill will clear a key milestone tomorrow...

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Blogosphere: Wider Road Not Solution for Older Drivers

DC Streetsblog


The issue of safety and older drivers is an important one. And we are grateful for the way the special needs of those drivers are highlighted in a new report called "Keeping Baby Boomers Mobile: Preserving the Mobility and Safety of Older Americans."..

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Blogosphere: The Prospect for BRT in Portland

Portland Transport


This past evening in the Twitterverse, I had a discussion with several fine folks, including Michael Andersen, intersection 911, and our very own Al M, on the future prospects for major capital improvements in the bus system, up to and including BRT...

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URBANISM/HOUSING/CITIES

Editorial: UK Needs to Get Planning Policy Right

Telegraph UK


After months of debate, the Government will shortly respond to the consultation exercise on its draft National Planning Policy Framework. As readers of this newspaper will be aware, this document has been dogged by controversy, though it need not have been...

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Blogosphere: Mitt Romney - Urbanist

Forbes


Mitt Romney's 2006 State of the Commonwealth address touched on a lot of topics, including one paragraph on affordable housing. And the paragraph is heartening, because unlike most things that politicians say about housing, it makes a lot of sense...

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Blogosphere: Where Are World Heritage Sites in the US

ASLA Dirt


The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking nominations for the U.S. World Heritage "tentative list," which is then sent on to the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, the international organization that determines which sites go into the global list of culturally significant sites...

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Blogosphere: Smallest Legal Apartment in California

Curbed SF


Behold, a tour of an apartment in San Francisco that's 160 square feet, the smallest legal-sized apartment for California. Inspired by the easiness of spending trips with his family in a 78 square foot Airstream...

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Blogosphere: The Green Roofs of Beirut

The City Fix


The architectural firm StudioInvisible is drawing inspiration from the hanging gardens of Babylon to reimagine Beirut as a giant green park when viewed from a bird's eye view...

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Blogosphere: How Local Government Works in UK

Otis White


met Martin Rickerd six years ago. I remember the exact day. It was July 4. It's easy to remember because we met at an Independence Day party in a large meadow near the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta, and, it turned out, Martin was the consul general for Great Britain...

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Blogosphere: Grumbling About City 2.0

The Atlantic Cities


The minds behind the TED conference have decided to focus their tech-savvy and well-heeled efforts on improving the city. As we've previously written, the conference announced recently that its annual TED Prize would be dedicated to bringing about "the City 2.0."..

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Blogosphere: Interview with CityFabric Founder

The Urban Times


CityFabric is a company that creates captivating designs using imagery inspired from spatial data representing the places where we live. CityFabric operates under the premise of, "...the more people talk about their place, the more they will get involved in their community."...

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Blogosphere: Cities Need a NAFTA and a Nader

Forbes


In our earlier conversation, you made the case that political structures in cities are set up to favor bigger developers over smaller ones. How does that happen? Are there any cities where it's particularly egregious? ..

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Blogosphere: CoHousing, Micro Level Community

City Tank


The idea of cooperative housing is not new. For many of us it conjures up utopian dreams of cultish flower children. But over the past 20 years a new form of communal housing, cohousing, has developed into an intriguing, and more down-to-earth, approach to collective living in the United States...

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Blogosphere: High Density and High Rise Not Same

Auckland Transport Blog


Urban intensification gets a lot of criticism for supposedly wanting to force "high rise" development onto everyone - whether they want it or not. This came through in a recent NZ Herald article which broke the news of the Auckland Plan..

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Commentary: South Waterfront Paved Way for Jobs

Oregonian


Like many readers, I was disappointed, if not surprised, by Dave Lister's latest broadside attacking smart growth, transit, East Coast transplants, urban renewal, bicycles, myself and most other things that are great about Portland...

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Blogosphere: Siting Chinese Factories

The Atlantic Cities


Wages and working conditions in Chinese factories have made headlines lately, following the big New York Times expose of the Apple supplier Foxconn. But according to surveys of almost 1,800 U.S. firms working in China, urban infrastructure such as internet access and spending on things like roads and police protection are more important than wages...

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