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Blogosphere: Bicycle Oriented Development, NYC Lessons For LA, Richmond Top Innovators, Participatory Budgeting, True Urban Mixed Use, Energy From Rope Drives

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: Bicycles and Economic Development

Bacon's Rebellion

Richmond is gaining traction as a bicycle-friendly region but it is a slow and arduous process...

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Blogosphere: NYC Transport Boss Offers LA Lessons

Metro's The Source

I had the good fortune of attending a forum last night with Janette Sadik-Khan, the innovative Transportation Commissioner for New York City...

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Blogosphere: Move to Enshrine Double-Fine Zones

SF Streetsblog

With a trial period for double traffic fine zones on 19th Avenue, Van Ness Avenue, and Lombard Street set to expire at the end of the year, State Senator Leland Yee hopes to extend them indefinitely,..

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Blogosphere: Boxer Heaps Praise at AASHTO Conf

DC Streetsblog

In a sense, there's not much to say about the joint appearance at the AASHTO conference yesterday of House Transportation Committee Chair Bill Shuster and Senate EPW Chair Barbara Boxer...

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Blogosphere: Richmond's Top 10 Innovators

Richmond Magazine

Neighborhood gentrification is a mixed bag of opportunities and costs for many Richmond residents. Neighborhoods are beautified - but often at the expense of longtime residents who can't keep up with the efforts of new neighbors...

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Blogosphere: The Idea of 'Participatory Budgeting'

Urban Review St. Louis

The idea of participatory budgeting has entered the local conversation. What is it? Glad you asked:..

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Baltimore: Morticians Opening Grocery Store

Baltimore Sun

Mortician Erich March told me he was tired of seeing people in his East Baltimore community die of conditions like diabetes and hypertension...

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Blogosphere: True Urban Mixed Use

Lexington Streetsweeper

I have not decided yet whether this emerging trend from the DC area is merely interesting or somewhat disturbing...

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Commentary: Cities Breaking Free of Destinies

Seattle Times

Can the world's cities break free of economic restraints and "standard practices" to shape their own destinies? The short answer for cities such as Portland, Ore., is "yes," writes Neal Peirce...

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Blogosphere: Endless Rope Drives, Power Transmission

Low Tech Magazine

You don't need electricity to send or receive power quickly. In the second half of the nineteenth century, we commonly used fast-moving ropes...

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Blogosphere: Asarco Demolition Progressing Quickly

El Paso Development News

Aerial photos released by the Asarco property trustee show that significant progress has been made in the process of demolishing the property near UTEP...

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Blogosphere: Are Green Cities Elitist?

Environmental and Urban Economics

What do cities such as Boston, Boulder, CO, New York City, Seattle, San Francisco, Portland and London have in common?..

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Blogosphere: Temporary Nature's Resilience

The Nature of Cities

I had been wondering about what I might share with you in my next blog and when I was driving thru the city the other day and spotted a field of wildflowers on a demolition site it occurred to me!..

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Blogosphere: Immigration - Magnet Versus the Fence


Since President Obama's re-election, Congress-especially Republicans-have had increased political incentive to reform our immigration system, including support for the 11 million unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. to gain legal status...

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Blogosphere: City Hall a Place to Experiment

Next City

Boston's City Hall to Go, a roving hub for city services, is generating a lot of buzz in the civic technology community. But when I visited the real brick-and-mortar City Hall in mid-January, the new ride was in the shop...

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Blogosphere: Urban Art and NYC DOT

Global Site Plans

New York City, above others, has defined itself through an evolving scholarship connected to its rapidly changing street life...

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