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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

Blogosphere: Lessons from Two Transit Cities for Seattle

GMF Urban Current


Tony Mazzella is Strategic Advisor at the City of Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). Tony recently visited Munich and Zurich to study how each city has prioritized surface-running transit-mainly by implementing transit-only lanes and traffic signal priority at intersections- over general-purpose traffic...

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Blogosphere: What Would Rep Shuster Bring to T&I?

DC Streetsblog


Over the next few weeks, we could see a shake-up on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the House. Current Chair John Mica (R-FL) has been the top Republican on the committee for six years, and according to GOP rules, that's the limit...

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Blogosphere: Honolulu Takes Delivery of Steel Rails

Rail Track and Structures Magazine


The first 3,000 tons of steel track for Honolulu's rail system arrived on Oahu last week. The shipment, more than 13,000 tons of steel track and other track-related materials, was blessed at a ceremony held Tuesday at Kalaeloa Harbor...

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Blogosphere: Skeptical of Taking Car Lanes for Buses

Greater Greater Washington


Montgomery County planners are making the case for a countywide Bus Rapid Transit network, saying it will reduce commute times and help absorb population growth...

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Blogosphere: Hubway Data Challenge

Amateur Planner


Back in September, I grabbed my Hubway use, cajoled it in to some charts, and posted them here for the world to see. Remember how cool those charts were, with 130ish data points?..

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URBANISM | HOUSING | CITIES | ENVIRONMENT

Blogosphere: New Balance HQ Will be Rail Station

Architects Newspaper (via Streetsblog.net)


It has been five decades since there has been a commuter rail station in Brighton, but this will soon change. MassDOT Secretary Richard A. Davey and New Balance Chairman James S. Davis announced this summer that they will build a new Worcester Line commuter station, and just a few days ago, the sports apparel company gave word that it is slated to open in 2014...

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Blogosphere: A Federal Interest in Urban Design?

Greater Greater Washington


Is it in the federal government's interest to prevent tall buildings barely visible on the horizon from the monumental core of Washington? Or near a river? Or dictate the widths of sidewalks?..

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Blogosphere: Italy's Small Cities Focus on Urban Form

GMF Urban Current


Christine Grimando, a town planner from York, Maine and an Urban and Regional Policy Fellow at the German Marshall Fund, recently completed travel to the UK and Italy...

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Blogosphere: Food Atlas by Guerrilla Cartographers

The Atlantic Cities


The duo behind the book mapping San Francisco's Mission District are now turning their attention to food-related maps - from America's global almond trade to taco trucks in East Oakland...

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Blogosphere: Podcast - Remaking Federalism

Brookings


In this post-election season and with a fiscal cliff looming, states and metros have begun the work of meeting their many challenges. They're implementing game-changing initiatives to create jobs and restructure their economies for the long haul...

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Blogosphere: Unlocking Proximity Value, Garment District

Urban Omnibus


Manhattan's Garment District stretches, roughly, from 5th to 9th Avenues and from 34th to 42nd Streets. Though less than one square mile in area, the district is home to thousands of fashion-related businesses, including showrooms, manufacturing facilities, suppliers and design studios...

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Blogosphere: USGBC President Hits Back at Detractors

ASLA Dirt


In a full-frontal attack on the "so called journalists" behind a recent USA Today investigative report, which called into question the effectiveness and integrity of the U.S. Green Building Council...

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Blogosphere: Helping Local Governments Protect Nature

The Nature of Cities


Coming just out of the whirlwind of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, in Hyderabad, India, from 8 to 19 October 2012, there are many reasons to celebrate...

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Blogosphere: Let City Builders Do Thier Thing

City Tank


City building is messy. No great city ever arose from timidity. Like any transformative endeavor, creating a city that advances humanity requires innovation and risk...

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Blogosphere: Do We Pay More/Less in Diverse N'Hoods

Atlantic Cities


Do Americans want to live in diverse neighborhoods - or are they avoiding them? We looked at changes in both occupied households (based on U.S. Postal Service data, just as in our recent post showing suburbs growing faster than urban areas) and home prices (based on homes for sale on Trulia) in the past year..

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Blogosphere: New Cabinet Make Trains Run on Time?

Bloomberg


As President Barack Obama selects his second-term Cabinet, all eyes are on the big departments -- State, Treasury, Defense and Justice. Yet he can set the tone for his new term with changes in a less-likely place: the Department of Transportation...

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Blogosphere: Plan to Promote Massachusetts Housing

DC Streetsblog


Eschewing the faddish steps local governments sometimes take to retain and attract young professionals, Massachusetts has cut to the chase with a common-sense plan...

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