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Blogosphere: Indiana Transpo Financing, Transit's Secret Language, Air Rights Development, Kaleidoscopic 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.
TRANSPORT

Blogosphere: Another House Proposal Dies

DC Streetsblog


The original six-year House transportation bill had funding levels that were too low, so House leaders axed that and came up with a fairy tale bill in which oil drilling would pay for higher transportation spending levels...

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Blogosphere: Creative Transport Financing in Indiana

The Urbanophile


I've been pounding the Indiana Department of Transportation lately, rightly so I think. But fairly I should also highlight things they do well that are also of relevance to the country...

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Blogosphere: Staff Recommends New LRV Contract

Metro The Source


As Metro greatly expands its rail network in Los Angeles County in the next few years, the agency has also been working to purchase new rail cars. After a lengthy proposal process, Metro staff is recommending a $299-million contract with Kinkisharyo International LLC- a firm based in Westwood, Mass...

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Blogosphere: Senate Reaches Amendment Agreements

T4 America


Just one day after a procedural vote failed, the Senate late last night reached an agreement that will allow them to begin debating the MAP-21 transportation bill and start voting on amendments today...

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Blogosphere: Will Driverless Cars Slow for Peds?

Greater Greater Washington


Driverless cars will bring many changes to the way we see transportation. Some will be very good, some bad. But some commentators aren't convinced when I say a huge fight is brewing over how much the road system defers to pedestrians and cyclists or pushes them aside. ..

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Blogosphere: Explaining Transit's Secret Language

The Atlantic Cities


It's difficult to categorize Jarrett Walker's excellent new book, Human Transit. It's not quite for a popular audience, though it's written with engaging ease. It's not for academics, though it's as thorough as most published research and far more approachable...

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Blogosphere: Senselessness of Kenyan Transpo Policy

National Review Online (via Transportationist)


In Nairobi, a sprawling, rapidly growing city of over 3 million, commuters rely heavily on nimble private van services, or matatus...

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Blogosphere: What Parts Metro Have Best Walk Score?

Greater Greater Washington


Last week, I found that the Walk Score for Washington's Metro station areas to the was lower than most other heavy rail systems in the United States. But what if we just look at stations in DC, or Arlington?..

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URBANISM/HOUSING/CITIES

Blogosphere: Air Rights Could Tie Together Tyson's  

Greater Greater Washington


Tysons Corner owes its existence to the many important highways that intersect nearby. Ironically, by dividing Tysons into fragments, these same highways now threaten its future success as a cohesive urban place. Air rights development at key locations could reunify Tysons. ..

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Blogosphere: Kaleidoscopic Cities

The Atlantic Cities


By now, the novelty of the aerial view has long warn off (remember when Google Earth blew all of our minds?). Detailed images of our surroundings, captured by satellites orbiting out of sight, are all but commonplace these days...

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Blogosphere: Corte Madera Pulls Out of ABAG

The Greater Marin


There's an old saying: "Think local, act global." It's a pithy reminder that everything we do, from our brand of toilet paper to how we structure our cities, effects everyone else. I think someone forgot to tell Corte Madera that...

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Blogosphere: Tackling 16 Tech District

Urban Indy


Last July, Urban Indy brought you the 30,000 foot view of the newly announced 16 Tech Plan. We asked Develop Indy a lot of questions about the project which would take a currently underutilized tract of land on the NW side of downtown and turn it into an office/industrial park for the urban core...

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Blogosphere: Tension Between Old and New People

Rust Wire


On Cleveland, sometimes I feel like I'm straddling two worlds, with two different sets of assumptions. I think they'll be familiar to folks across the Midwest: World 1-Younger Clevelanders who grew up here, particularly on the west and south sides. Some description: late 20s to 30s...

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Blogosphere: Does Density Raise Prices?

Planetizen


In For A New Liberty, libertarian intellectual Murray Rothbard writes that leftist intellectuals had raised a variety of complaints against capitalism, and that "each of those complaints has been contradictory to one or more of their predecessors."..

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Blogosphere: The Need for Concentration and Density

City Builder Book Club


Ah, the "D" word, "density" - surely one of the thorniest in the world of planning! But Jacobs takes it on in this chapter with her usual fearless perspicacity...

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Blogosphere: Climate Plans Aren't Helping

The Atlantic Cities


It was 2005 when cities really started taking the lead in the government-level fight against climate change. Seattle's then-Mayor Greg Nickels made a pledge that even if the United States wouldn't comply with the greenhouse gas reductions called for by the Kyoto Protocol, at least his city could...

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Blogosphere: Local Windfarm Economics in Texas

Chicago Policy Review


Does building a wind farm spur local economic development? In "State and Local Economic Impacts from Wind Energy Projects: Texas Case Study," Michael Slattery and his co-authors enumerate the economic benefits of wind energy investment for communities near wind farms...

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Blogosphere: Cox - Hong Kong Happened, Won't Again

New Geography


Hong Kong has experienced its slowest decadal growth in at least 70 years, according to the results of the recently released 2011 census. Between 2001 and 2011, Hong Kong added only 5.4 percent to its population, a decline of more than two-thirds from its 1991-2001 rate...

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Blogosphere: Shifting Suburbia

Lincoln House


There were inklings that conventional suburban development may not be sustainable or have positive outcomes, for many years. At the Lincoln Institute, we ran a workshop called "Redesigning the Edgeless City," aimed at retrofitting, in a targeted way, the landscape of strip malls and far-flung subdivisions...

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Blogosphere: Medical Campus Transforms City

Buffalo Rising


Since moving to Buffalo three years ago, I've watched with great interest the astonishing development of the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus. I've watched the stunning Gates Vascular Institute rise from an empty lot to rival the new federal courthouse as the most talked about pieces of modern architecture in Buffalo...

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Blogosphere: El Paso is Best Smart Growth Plan

The Atlantic Cities


Earlier this week, the city council of El Paso, the nation's 19th-largest city, unanimously adopted a detailed comprehensive plan built around the principles of smart growth and green development...

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