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Blogosphere: What Fed Transpo Bill Means, Americans Driving Less, Rise Of Modern Food Truck, Branding Cities, Cities Vs. Suburbs, Lawns & Climate Change

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: New Bill Passes, Overview of Contents

DC Streetsblog

This is a bill that's been called "a death blow to mass transit" by the Amalgamated Transit Union, "a step backwards for America's transportation system" by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, "a retreat from the goals of sustainability and economic resiliency" by Reconnecting America, "a substantial capitulation" by Transportation for America, and "bad news for biking and walking" by America Bikes...

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Blogosphere: Congress Passes Transportation Bill

The Transport Politic

MAP-21 will provide federal funding for highways and transit over the next 27 months. Passing the bill was an accomplishment for a do-little Congress, but serious issues about how to pay for transportation in the future have yet to be resolved. Nonetheless, there are some interesting features in the bill for new transit capital projects...

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Blogosphere: Essential Air Service Money, But No HSR 

Systemic Failure

You've heard of the bridge-to-nowhere and the train-to-nowhere. There is also the "plane to nowhere":..

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Blogosphere: Goodbye James Dean, Driving Down

DC Streetsblog

Just released official data show that Americans drove a billion fewer miles in April 2012 compared to April 2011, despite a slightly better economy. It's now well known that Americans, led by youth, have been reducing their driving since the middle of last decade...

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Blogosphere: What Congressional Leaders Are Saying

Transportation Issues Daily

Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer, Chair of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, commented: On June 29, 1956 - exactly 56 years ago today - President Dwight Eisenhower started us on a path to a national transportation system, and today we saved that system...

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Blogosphere: The False Promise of Signal Timing

Urban Rambler

Oftentimes, opponents of transit will offer where they say transit money should be invested. These include things like capacity increases, new roads or highways and programs like intelligent transportation systems or other things like signal timing to reduce delays caused at stop lights...

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Blogosphere: How the Modern Food Truck Came to Be

Pop Up City

We like infographics and we love food trucks, so here's a snazzy food truck infographic from Mashable Infographics. It charts the evolution of the food truck industry since it started integrating social media into its marketing arsenal...

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Blogosphere: Cities Need a Brand


When you think of Indianapolis, what springs to mind? Besides the annual Indianapolis 500 race. Take a minute to sum up the essence, the unique identity, of the Midwest's second-largest city...

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Blogosphere: Collapsible Markets


There is no definite entrance to Rom-Hoob market. People can, and do, access it at the beginning of the market (next to Mae-Klong station) or through small passageways which are situated at oblique angles through the market and connect the main road with the central market. All stalls are set up next to the railway track with out-stretching sun-shades that informally establish a defined corridor through the whole market...

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Blogosphere: City vs. Suburban Growth Percentages  

Getting From Here to There

Lots of media outlets are picking up the story first reported in the Wall Street Journal that cities are growing faster than suburbs. See here, here, and here for samples. A few things about these data that suggest we should interpret the results with caution...

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Blogosphere: Cities Thrive, Suburbs Sputter


Last year, for the first time in more than nine decades the major cities of the nation's largest metropolitan areas grew faster than their combined suburbs...

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Blogosphere: Why Do Condos Exist?

Market Urbanism

It sounds like a dumb question - they exist because people like the security of owning a home combined with the services and lower costs that apartments offer, duh! But upon further reflection, condominium-style tenure can be a bit problematic...

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Blogosphere: The Myth of Downtown Crime

Seattle Transit Blog

On Tuesday, a commenter listed whether a bus stops at "stabtastic" 3rd and Pike as one reason to drive. Having recently reviewed some Seattle crime data, this seems like it might be more a case of trusting feelings and media more than data...

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Blogosphere: Suburban Lawns Can Fight Climate Change

The Atlantic Cities

If there's only a few things you should know about carbon dioxide, know that it is a naturally occurring chemical compound, one that has been produced at very high rates due to the burning of fuels like coal and gasoline, and that high concentrations of it are exacerbating climate change...

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Blogosphere: Is Your City Making You Single?

The Atlantic Cities

I had been warned. When I decided to end my eight-year stint in Washington, D.C. and decamp to Los Angeles last summer, my friends in the capital looked at me like I had announced plans to eject myself into space...

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