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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

Editorial: Approve State Streetcar Funds

San Antonio Express News


A downtown streetcar system, like the one proposed by VIA Metropolitan Transit, would play a vital role in the ongoing effort to invigorate downtown San Antonio...

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Blogosphere: Federal Commute Benefits Req'd in NY?

Mobilizing the Region


A recent California law requiring many San Francisco-area businesses to provide federal transit commuting benefits will bring pocketbook relief to businesses and transit riders, and could be a good model for New York City...

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Blogosphere: Our Priorities for New WA Gov

Seattle Transit Blog


Following on my personal values and vision of a better future, and our first overall call on Governor-elect Inslee to lead with his own environmental values, here is our view of the top priorities for improving our transportation system to become more sustainable:..

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Blogosphere: How Much Naming Rights Would Be? 

Dallas Morning News Transportation Blog


For more than a year Dallas Area Rapid Transit has contemplated selling the naming rights to its transit stations. It's a cash-generating concept - from Philadelphia to Cleveland and San Diego to Phoenix for starters...

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URBANISM | HOUSING | CITIES | ENVIRONMENT

Blogosphere: Venice Swamped by Near Record Flooding

Grist


Every so often, a combination of high winds and high tides flood Venice, Italy. The phenomenon, known as acqua alta or "high water," submerges the already-sodden city in water feet deep. And - big surprise - it's happening more than it used to...

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Blogosphere: Evolution of Planning in 10 Diagrams

The Atlantic Cities


Le Corbusier's plan may not have had such power if he hadn't put it on paper. The French modernist architect wanted to reform the polluted industrial city by building "towers in a park" where workers might live high above the streets, surrounded by green space and far from their factories...

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Blogosphere: Yes We Have No Carbon Tax

DC Streetsblog


About 12 hours after President Obama won re-election, Bloomberg News ran this tantalizing headline: "Obama May Levy Carbon Tax to Cut U.S. Deficit, HSBC Says."..

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Blogosphere: Weighted Density and No Zoning

Keep Houston Houston


If you don't read Austin Contrarian there is a really good set of articles over there about weighted density. Basically, instead of just dividing the total number of people into the total area in which they live, you cut the area into slices, find the density of each slice, then average the slices based on how many people live in each...

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Blogosphere: SF Earliest Public Housing Projects

Curbed SF


The city has a long and sometimes twisted history with public housing projects. Some still exist and some are getting a major overhaul, but all of the earliest public housing projects in San Francisco stem from a 75-year-old Federal housing law...

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Blogosphere: Policy, Not Preference, Shapes Cities

The Greater Marin


People keep writing about the effectof our urban policies, but very few outside the urbanist blogosphere write about the policies themselves. The articles that result satisfy our curiosity about change but fail to actually inform...

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Blogosphere: Measuring the Value of City Development

Naked City Blog


How should we measure the return that the city (or the county) gets from different kinds of development? An Asheville developer/planner is turning the answer to that question on its ear, by looking at the numbers per-acre, instead of per-project...

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Blogosphere: How Non-Profits Can Drain City Budgets

The Atlantic Cities


Nonprofits in America range from small community charities to large national and international organizations and universities, hospitals, art museums, religious institutions and more...

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Blogosphere: Urban Lipstick on the Suburban Pig

American Dirt


In the large American cities that lack a robust public transportation system-which is most of them-we justifiably celebrate every minor victory toward shifting development away from auto-centrism...

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Blogosphere: What McCrory's Win Really Means

Naked City Blog


Tuesday's gubernatorial election was a watershed for North Carolina, but for a reason that's gotten a lot less ink than the Red State-Blue State lines. For the first time in the history of this once-rural state, a big-city mayor moves into the Governor's Mansion...

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Blogosphere: The Geography of James Bond

The Atlantic Cities


Everyone's favorite secret agent returns to theaters today, and in celebration, we've updated our Map of Bond -- or as one commenter accurately pointed out, the urban Map of Bond...

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Blogosphere: Green Salt Lake, Thanks Mormon Pioneers

Grist


If you said "Salt Lake City" during a game of free association, not too many folks would shout "sustainability" back at you. Unless they've spent some time in the burg of 200,000, you'd probably hear a variation on one of three things: Mormons, snow, or sobriety...

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