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Blogosphere: Pretend Bike Plans, Twitter Transit Fix, Train Travel Increase, Buenos Aires BRT & Real Estate

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: Sharrows are NOT a Bike Plan

Systemic Failure

Once upon a time, sharrows might have seemed like a good idea for special situations. But now they are a way for communities to do "pretend" bike plans. Just stripe a bunch of sharrows on streets and voila! we have a bike network - without having to make messy political compromises on parking and lane removal...

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Blogosphere: Could Twitter Help Planners Fix Transport

Guardian UK

Data-mapping expert Eric Fischer has used geolocated Tweets to find the most frequently travelled routes in US cities. Could this sort of data be used to plan transit systems in the future?..

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Blogosphere: Highway/Air Travel Slump, Trains Increase

DC Streetsblog

If your holiday plans happen to include taking the train to another city, you're in good company. As has been widely reported, Amtrak has broken ridership records throughout the year. A total of 31.2 million passengers boarded Amtrak trains in the fiscal year that ended September 30; that's an increase of 3.5 percent over the previous year...

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Blogosphere: States Flexing Fewer Funds for Transit

DC Streetsblog

Supporters of livable streets may hear about the "flexibility" of transportation dollars and cringe - after all, that word often refers to the ability of states to use bike/ped money for road building...

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Opinion: Gov Christie Should Support Trans Hudson

New Jersey Star Ledger

Gov. Chris Christie's sudden embrace of President Obama following Hurricane Sandy's crushing blow was a memorable surprise during Election 2012's final week...

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Blogosphere: Wasson Corridor Study Moves Forward 

Urban Cincy

On November 14, Cincinnati's Department of City Planning & Buildings held a public hearing on its upcoming land use study for the disused Wasson Road Railroad and adjacent properties...

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Blogosphere: Drawing Rings Around the World

Drawing Rings Around the World

This map (I recommend you click for a much bigger version) shows the percentage change in population across London between the 2001 and 2011 Censuses, measured at the 'Middle Super Output Area' level...

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Blogosphere: Mehrangarh Fort in India


Continuing with the recent series of posts showing photos from India-with apologies in advance for anyone who doesn't want to see these, as I will doubtless keep going for at least several more posts-here are some photos from the utterly fantastic 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan...

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Blogosphere: A Case Study on Georgetown in DC

re: Cities

Welcome to the final Washington, D.C. case study, Georgetown. This is the oldest neighborhood in the city. In fact, Georgetown dates to 1751, some 40 years before the federal capital was moved there. It remained a separate town until they merged in 1871...

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Blogosphere: Buenos Aires BRT & Real Estate Appraisal

Global Site Plans

Urban Planning interventions on a grand scale are the most noticeable way of changing the face of a city and the quality of living for its inhabitants. Not policies, though urban planning depends greatly on politics...

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Blogosphere: Why We Need Cities in Tune with Nature


Bert Gregory, head of Mithun Architects + Designers + Planners argued that cities can be in tune with nature, actually embody nature in physical design, and foster deeper connections with natural systems...

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Blogosphere: Tired of Cuts, California Cities Raise Taxes


Have cities reached the limit when it comes to cutting services? That seems to be the case in California where voters passed 71 percent of local tax and bond measures, according to Michael Coleman, fiscal policy advisor for the League of California Cities...

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Blogosphere: Seattle Ahead of SF on Apodements

Seattle Land Use Code

Just yesterday, after lots of handwringing, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed legislation allowing "micro-units" of housing. But the same day, just around the corner, I visited Alturra the latest of Seattle's Apodments...

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Blogosphere: Cities as Self Organizing Systems

Urban Times

The University of Canberra recently held a forum on urban design and healthy cities. A provocation was posed by the organizers at the final research seminar - it asked the question- was urban design making our cities sick? It was intended to provoke debate, and it did...

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Blogosphere: Mapping Pathways in Informal Settlement

Polis Blog

Teolinda Bolívar, a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of Venezuela, has been working in the neighborhoods of Caracas for over 40 years. In addition to her research, she organizes seminars on communicating daily life in the city...

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