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Blogosphere: Control of NYC Transit, Bike Share Lessons, Congestion Pricing Alternatives, Transit Neighborhood Geometry

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.
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Blogosphere: Mayor Should Control NYC Transit System

Second Avenue Sagas


Sal Albanese, a former City Council representative, is staging a long-shot bid for mayor from his home in Bay Ridge, and although he's unlikely to land in City Hall come November, he's become one of the few mayoral hopefuls to acknowledge transit issues...

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Blogosphere: Bike Share Lessons for Small Cities

DC Streetsblog


Chattanooga, Tennessee, was, in a lot of ways, not an ideal city for bike-sharing. It's a somewhat sprawling city, without a strong culture of cycling and walking...

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Blogosphere: Fixing Secret Cause of Urban Traffic

Atlantic Cities


Package trucks-those familiar parcel delivery vehicles that double-park on your block-have become an international target of commuter ire...

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Blogosphere: Replace the Term Congestion Pricing

Atlantic Cities


After last week's post on the public perception problem facing congestion pricing, Jarrett Walker of the Human Transit blog (and book) replied that part of the problem is the very term congestion pricing...

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Blogosphere: Where Do All the Single Ladies/Men Live?

The Atlantic Cities


In Washington, D.C., women often complain about the lack of available men. On the other hand, "Man Jose" gets that nickname for having too few available women for the men of Silicon Valley...

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Blogosphere: Small Farmers Not Cashing in w Wal Mart

NPR (via Serious Eats)


When Wal-Mart calls, Herman Farris always finds whatever the retailer wants, even if it's yucca root in the dead of winter...

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Blogosphere: The Geometry of Transit Neighborhoods

The Atlantic Cities


"Transit-oriented development" sounds like a tidy solution to myriad urban ills. If cities enabled more people to live and work within strolling distance of a train or bus stop, families could save money on gas, residents without cars could more easily get to work, neighborhoods could cut down on congestion and pollution, and economic development might ensue...

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Blogosphere: Mayor - Smart Growth Turned Cincy Around

DC Streetsblog


About seven years ago, when Mayor Mark Mallory came on the scene, Cincinnati was at a low point. To convince the crowd at the New Partners for Smart Growth conference in Kansas City last week of the gravity of the situation, Mallory started off with a story about livestock...

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Blogosphere: Waking the Sleeping Tiger

Next City


About two years have passed since protests in Cario's Tahrir Square kicked off a revolution that toppled a dictatorship and sent ripples through not only Egypt, but the entire Arab world...

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Blogosphere: Ballpark Village Phase One Started

Urban Review St. Louis


In December 2009 I suggested the then-stalled Ballpark Village site should be broken up and built in phases rather than all at once, here's a quote:..

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Blogosphere: Reinventing the Office w Pallets

Gizmag


Thanks to the prevalence of powerful laptops and cloud-based infrastructure, dreary office cubicles can increasingly be jettisoned in favor of dynamic spaces which encourage collaboration and innovation...

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Blogosphere: City N'hoods Most Economically Powerful

Urban Cincy


The Cincinnati region has been one of the nation's best economic performers over the past several years, and that has resulted in a 6.4% unemployment rate that is more than a point better the national average...

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Blogosphere: Boris' Housing Plan Not Working

Guardian UK


London mayor Boris Johnson's record on housing is dire. Although Johnson claims the credit for delivering a record number of affordable homes, many of these were started by his predecessor, and his own record for initiating projects is poor...

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Blogosphere: Marin, The Original Smart Growth County

The Greater Marin


Last weekend I had the privilege to attend the annual New Partners for Smart Growth conference in Kansas City. Mayors, activists, councilmembers, and the odd blogger came out to share successes and failures in their communities in the hopes that others could learn from their examples...

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