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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.

Commentary: BRT Will Be Boon to San Bernardino

San Bernadino County Sun

In about a year and a half, San Bernardino and Loma Linda will be the beneficiaries of a new bus rapid transit (BRT) line offering quicker commute times, more frequent trips and an enhanced streetscape...

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Blogosphere: Cliff's Notes Version of Map 21

DC Streetsblog

The FTA has put out a helpful guide [PDF] to the changes to public transit policy in MAP-21, the new transportation bill that takes effect October 1. Three cheers to the agency for making the changes easy to see with their tracked-changes format...

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Blogosphere: Old Infrastructure is Hard Infrastructure

Slate Moneybox

Not to deny the existence of public policy failures regarding America's transportation infrastructure, but today a family matter led to a substantial amount of driving around the fringes of New York City, and practical experience puts some of these issues into a somewhat different light...

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Blogosphere: BRT Drives Growth in Cleveland

Urban Land Magazine

Euclid Avenue in Cleveland connects the two largest commercial districts in northeast Ohio: downtown Cleveland and University Circle. A microcosm of the city itself, the corridor has experienced extreme highs and lows throughout its history...

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Opinion: Did Insider Politics Save the Train?

Wall Street Journal

Environmentalism may be religion to some on the left, but its high priests aren't all pure and righteous. Consider the not-so-immaculate conception of California's bullet train...

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Indianapolis: Transit and Corporate Headquarters

Urban Indy

This past week has seen the release of some interesting data regarding jobs with access to transit (Brookings) as well as another study creating an index of corporate headquarters per million people (Martin Prosperity)...

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National: HSR Advocates Discredit Thier Cause

New Geography

Is there any high speed rail boondoggle big enough to make rail transport advocates reject it? Sadly, for all too many of them, the answer is No, as two recent developments make clear...

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Blogosphere: Transit and Those Dependent On It

Portland Transport

There's been quite a bit in the national press this week about the subject. Amanda Hess, writing for Atlantic Cities, penned an article called Race, class, and the Stigma of Riding the Bus in America. This article drew quite a bit of attention, including a somewhat scathing criticism from Jarrett Walker...

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Blogosphere: Backlash Against "Creative Class"

Urban Places and Spaces

Salon has a piece "Hipsters won't save us: Buzzed-about essays debate the "creative class." Maybe coffee shops and bike shares aren't a real urban policy!," summing up some of the recent pieces around the blogosphere that criticize the "creative class" thesis of urban revitalization...

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Blogosphere: Is Small Town America a Myth?

Helm of the Public Realm

It's true that the American icon of Mayberry was well before my time, but as a native North Carolinian it certainly has been indoctrinated into my personal culture and maybe even identity....

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Blogosphere: White Burbs 'Racialized' MARTA

Marietta Daily Journal

Land-use planner Chris Leinberger with the Washington, D.C.,-based Brookings Institution chided metro Atlanta for "racializing" MARTA during a talk with the Cumberland Community Improvement District on Thursday...

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Blogosphere: X-Ray a Building, and It Will Look Like This

The Atlantic Cities

It's good to know that if British X-ray photographer Nick Veasey ever found himself in a hard place, he could work for Heathrow security...

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Blogosphere: What Housing Bottom Means for Cities

NHC Open House

This week saw the Wall Street Journal declare that "housing is bottoming...the numbers are convincing." The New York Times described a predicted improvement in the overall economy, based in part on housing forecasts, as "a firming up, if not quite a comeback...

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Blogosphere: Is Thomas Jefferson to Blame for Sprawl?


Jeremy Rosenberg examines why Thomas Jefferson may have had more of an impact on the development of Los Angeles than you might suspect. The city's street grid can be traced back to this American founding father...

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Blogosphere: Be Skeptical of City/Burb Stats

The Atlantic Cities

A few weeks ago the U.S. Census Bureau released new population data that gave urbanists reason to cheer. The figures showed faster growth rates in city centers than in suburban areas for 27 of the 51 largest metro areas in the United States between July 2010 and July 2011. ..

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Blogosphere: Urban Microcenters

Metropolis Magazine

In 2010, according to the Living Planet Report, 3,500 million people lived in urban areas and estimates project a doubling of that number, to 6,300 million people by 2050...

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