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Blogosphere: Problems With Cheap BRT, Smart Sidewalks, Transpo Bill Deal Talk, Bike Friendly Dress Code, Greening Gaza

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: Do We Really Want Cheaper BRT?

Washington Post


A report is making the rounds today that claims the Corridor Cities Transitway BRT line could be built for far less money if buses were routed in mixed traffic rather than on a transitway, if "temporary stops" were built instead of stations, and if park and rides were eliminated from the outer stations. ..

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Blogosphere: Invisible Carrots

Cap'n Transit


A few days ago I wrote about two pilot projects carried out in Bangalore and Palo Alto by Stanford computer scientist Balaji Prabhakar. In each case, Prabhakar's team implemented a lottery where the more an employee traveled to work at off-peak times, the greater their chances were of earning a small cash reward...

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Blogosphere: Sidewalks Just Got Smarter

Next American City


Last December, Madrid became the first pilot city for iPavement - deceptively average-looking tile that contains 5GB microprocessors to support both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Embedded in each tile is a collection of apps including maps, nearby tourist attractions, weather alerts and coupons for local businesses...

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Blogosphere: Is a Deal Imminent on Transpo Bill?

DC Streetsblog


We're hearing reports that a deal on the surface transportation bill is imminent. We'll let you know when we hear more. Could it be that the Walz Motion to Instruct lit a fire under the conferees?..

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Blogosphere: Car Free Market Street On the Way?

SF Streetsblog


The future of lower Market Street seems more likely than ever to be unencumbered by cars, freeing up space for effective transit and raised, protected bicycle lanes...

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Blogosphere: Stuffy Dress Code Hampers Good Choices

Greater Greater Washington


The dress code at many federal workplaces simply doesn't make sense anymore as the standard in professional attire. How is anyone supposed to ride a bike to work in a tailored skirt or a starched dress shirt? ..

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Blogosphere: Feeding the Hungry Parking Meter

Next American City


A tech-infused parking management system in San Francisco, dubbed SFpark, has piqued the interest of cities across the country, despite still being in a trial phase through the summer...

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Blogosphere: Visualising GBR Journey to Work

Urban Geographics


There have been some wonderful flow maps appearing online recently, such as Paul Butler's global facebook friend's map, and maps of global trade and flight patterns. Inspired by these, I've been mapping travel patterns in Great Britain using a similar "night-lights" visual style...

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Blogosphere: How Nextbus Changes Transit

Walking Bostonian


Someday, I imagine that people will wonder what it was like to be forced to use public transportation without real-time predictions and vehicle locations. Even in its current, imperfect implementation, it already feels completely essential...

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Blogosphere: FEC Looks to Make Airport Connection

Market Urbanism


The mystery of why in the hell Florida East Coast Industries would want to start private passenger service from Miami to Orlando just got a little bit clearer: they may also be getting an intermodal freight connection to Orlando International Airport!..

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URBANISM/HOUSING/CITIES

Blogosphere: Neoliberal London's Policy Juggernaut

This Big City


There is a suggestion that the contemporary models conceived for 'creative' urban regeneration are ones that lend themselves to the UK's neoliberal framework of urban policy, policies that favour free markets and free trade, and ultimately promote private sector involvement in London's 'creative' and cultural communities...

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Blogosphere: Greening Gaza with Eco Schools

Urban Times


The Gaza Strip will soon have up to 20 schools that combine water recycling, renewable energy and traditional Islamic features for shading and ventilation...

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Blogosphere: America's Melting Pot Cities

The Atlantic Cities


Immigration is a powerful driver of the economic growth and development of American cities and metros. As many of half of all recent Silicon Valley start-ups count a foreign-born American as a member of their founding team, according to recent studies...

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Blogosphere: Vertical Future for Urban Factory

The Atlantic Cities


If the question is "belching smokestack?" the answer is almost undoubtedly "not in my back yard." The factory is maybe the least enticing of all neighbors, and yet it has been so important to the development of nations and cities...

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Blogosphere: Value of Transit, Rezoning Grand Central

The Urbanophile


I previously wrote about the value of transit in terms of direct benefits to motorists. This is marginal in most cities but in the biggest cities with extensive transit systems it is substantial...

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Blogosphere: Attract Employers w Workers

Greater Greater Washington


DC has grown its private sector by investing in urban amenities that attract a 21st century workforce. Other states simply give companies direct subsidies to attract them instead, providing little external benefit. ..

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Blogosphere: Redevelopment vs Regeneration

Helm of the Public Realm


I received my urban design and planning education in England, which sometimes leads to little, yet awkward, misunderstandings. It has been a slight challenge to get comfortable in the drastic differences between the two planning systems, but mostly I have made peace with the translations...

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