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Blogosphere: Congestion Pricing Cuts Traffic, BRT & Economic Development, Skyscrapers Over Trains, Repairing Freeway Scars, Hawaii TOD

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: Pricing Cuts Traffic 20% in 2 Weeks 

EU Polis Network

The Göteborg congestion charge was launched on 1 January 2013. First reports after week 1 and week 2 of the scheme show that it is working as expected. The congestion charge is part of the West Swedish Agreement that aims to create an attractive, sustainable and growing region...

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Blogosphere: BRT Can Build Chicago's Economy

Streetsblog Chicago

As planning advances for Chicago's first full-fledged Bus Rapid Transit routes, public officials and advocates are starting to make the case that new, high-quality bus service is about more than getting people from point A to point B quickly and reliably...

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Blogosphere: How to Build Skyscrapers Over Trains

Atlantic Cities

There are construction obstacles, and then there's building towering skyscrapers above the open-air tracks of the busiest passenger transportation facility in America...

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Blogosphere: Unreliable Trains Worse Than Slow

Next American City

It isn't groundbreaking to find that public transportation users would prefer their bus and train service to keep to a reliable schedule...

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Blogosphere: Widening the Freeway Not Worth Money

Stockton City Limits

Driving along Interstate 5 in Stockton is not a pleasant experience these days: the pavement is littered with potholes, heavy equipment dominates the landscape and shoulder access is restricted by concrete barriers...

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Blogosphere: The Cure for Cabin Fever - Sidewalks 

Twin Cities Sidewalks

Being a sidewalk blogger, I am quite used to inducing near-catatonic states of boredom in people that I meet. It's almost like one of Mesmer's parlor tricks...

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Blogosphere: Repairing Freeway Scars

There is no more potent neighborhood destroyer than a massive highway. But for many urban places around the country, their horizons were fixed by a freeway long ago...

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Blogosphere: Zipcar and Sustainable Urban Economics

This Big City

"All the old companies need to fit into the new economy." That's what I heard from Zipcar founder Robin Chase, upon returning from Christmas break, to discover that rental car giant Avis had acquired the car-sharing upstart...

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Blogosphere: Cities with Too Many Men

The Atlantic Cities

More than a month after the fatal gang-rape of Jyoti Singh Pandey on a private bus in New Delhi, the brutal attack continues to reverberate around the cities of India...

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Blogosphere: Smart Growth Wakeup Call for Long Island

Streetsblog NYC

Last week, a report from the Long Island Index outlined how rail service can guide economic growth, and it also contained warnings about the slow pace of construction for transit-oriented development in the region. ..

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Blogosphere: Say Aloha to TOD

DC Streetsblog

Known for its breathtaking natural beauty and warm temperatures, Honolulu is also plagued by heavy traffic congestion and delays. High energy costs and a lack of transportation choices compound the challenges of getting around Hawaii's state capital and most populous city...

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Blogosphere: Energy Efficiency and Cities

At Lincoln House

A large share of national energy consumption takes place in cities-in the United States about three-quarters of energy use is in or related to urban areas, writes Lincoln Institute president Gregory K. Ingram in the current issue of Land Lines...

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Editorial: Urban or Rural, We're All Relevant

Battle Creek Inquirer

Nobody can seriously question the relevance of rural America to the nation's future well-being, but Tom Vilsack's comments about its waning political clout, and the response they received, speak volumes about politics in the nation's capital...

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