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Blogosphere: Historical Cycling Focus, Bay Bridge & Trains, Bikes & Streetcars, Housing Supply & Demand, Permaculture, SF Bike Parklet

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: Historical Focus on Cycling in Unlikely Spot

GMF Urban Current

Christine Grimando, a town planner from York, Maine and an Urban and Regional Policy Fellow at the German Marshall Fund, recently completed travel to the UK and Italy. Ms. Grimando's research focuses on how planners might identify best practices for sustainable urban places across a range of scales...

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Blogosphere: Bay Bridge Used to Be for Trains Too

Curbed SF

When the Bay Bridge opened in 1936, traffic patterns looked a little different. Early on, the bridge carried three lanes of car traffic in each direction on the upper deck, while the lower deck was for truck traffic and the inter-urban railway, including the Key System that ran through the East Bay...

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Blogosphere: Strategies for Mixing Bikes/Streetcars

Greater Greater Washington

Earlier this month, Dan introduced us to one of the street design tools that planners use to ensure safe mixing of bikes and streetcars, the bike sneak. That's one of a whole toolbox full of strategies...

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Blogosphere: Ballard Transit Planning Partnership

Seattle Transit Blog

As part of partnership more than a year in the making, on Thursday the Sound Transit board approved $2 million in funding to study rail transit connecting downtown to Ballard. This is joined by up to $800,000 from the City of Seattle...

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Blogosphere: In Wendell's World, Supply = Demand

California Planning and Development Report

Wendell Cox, my favorite anti-anti-sprawl researcher, is at it again. This time, he's on New Geography, taking on the oft-quoted forecast of Southern California's future housing market by Professor Arthur C. Nelson of the University of Utah, which found that future demand will be mostly for multifamily housing and small lot (under 5,000 square feet) detached homes...

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Blogosphere: Permaculture = Permanent Agriculture


That's at least one definition of this innovative practice, explained Jillian Hovey, the Toronto-based head of Sustainable Living Network at the 2012 Greenbuild in San Francisco...

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Blogosphere: San Francisco's New Bike Parklet

Atlantic Cities

Travel to the corner of Filbert and Fillmore streets in San Francisco, and you'll likely see a bunch of bicyclists kicking back inside a dismembered automobile, like hunters celebrating a massive kill...

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Blogosphere: Preparations For Launching HOT Lanes

The Source

Following on the heels of the successful opening of 11-miles of Metro ExpressLanes along the Harbor Freeway and with more than 50,000 Fastrak® ExpressLanes transponders issued, motorists this week will begin seeing messages on the giant display message boards along the..

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Blogosphere: Voice for Keeping DC's Height Limits

The Atlantic Cities

I've been procrastinating this one for a long time. I generally avoid taking stands on controversial local issues in Washington, where I have lived for over four decades, and I am especially uncomfortable being at odds with people I respect and consider friends...

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Blogosphere: Baltimore Already off Fiscal Cliff

Baltimore Innerspace

Much has been said about the federal "fiscal cliff" of automatic tax hikes and budget cuts that are scheduled to take effect on December 31st, due to the ongoing national tax policy gridlock between liberals and conservatives...

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Blogosphere: In China, a 30 Story Building in 15 Days

Urban Times

What if I told you that a thirty-story, earthquake resistant, green building could be built in fifteen days? Believe it or not, this is exactly what happened in Dongting Lake, located in the Hunan Province of China...

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Blogosphere: International Fight Over Paris Skyline

Atlantic Cities

Orthodox cathedrals with their trademark golden onion domes are a familiar sight across Russia. And one may soon become part of Paris's famed skyline, right near the Eiffel Tower...

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Blogosphere: Rise of the New Baltimoreans

Next American City

Baltimore has steadily lost population since the end of World War II. With 620,000 residents, the city has just two residents for every three it had at its peak in the 1950s...

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Blogosphere: Big Data for Prosperity Development

Housing Perspectives

Recently, I was asked to contribute a chapter to Investing in What Works for America's Communities, a book that examines what we can learn from the history of community development and provides a multitude of ideas from diverse perspectives about the future of the field...

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Blogosphere: Air Cleaning Skyscrapers

This Big City

An innovative air-filtration system is the central feature of the proposed CO2ngress Gateway Towers, a skyscraper project envisioned by two students at the Illinois Institute of Technology...

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Blogosphere: Faking the Message of Happy Placemaking

New Geography

Picasso said "Art is a lie that tells the truth". Nowadays, there's less truth to that, as the creative process is increasingly about prettying up and papering over what's broke...

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Blogosphere: Building Bird Friendly Cities

Psy Org

That's the finding of a new study by leading Australian environmental researchers Jessica Sushinsky, Professor Hugh Possingham and Dr Richard Fuller of The University of Queensland...

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