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Blogosphere: Doing Chicago BRT Right, Lego Subway Train, Light Rail & Traffic, Bus-Rail Economics, Transportation Spending

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: It's Up to Chicago to Do BRT Right

Chicago Streetsblog


"We knew how important it was for federal policy makers to see innovation and new ideas bubbling up from important cities around the country," said Nick Turner, managing director of the Rockefeller Foundation at a bus rapid transit roundtable last Friday...

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Commentary: Ross Valley Trolley Deserves a Close Look

Marin Independent Journal


FEW WOULD BE SURPRISED if the projected cost for building and running a trolley line from Fairfax to San Rafael turns out to be pretty pricey, probably beyond what many people might say we can afford...

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Blogosphere: Lego Subway Train Has Working Doors

Brothers Brick


As though making a very nice looking cutaway street scene with an underground Metro (subway for our US readers) train wasn't enough, serial genius Esben Kolind has gone several better...

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Blogosphere: Weekly Standard Blows it On Indy Transit

Urbanophile


I'm not generally in the habit of picking on interns, but a recent article written by one in the conservative magazine the Weekly Standard deserves at least a quick critique...

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Blogosphere: Amtrak Loses a Ton of Money, So What?

California High Speed Rail Blog


Over at the Washington Post's Wonkblog on Friday Brad Plumer got some attention for a post titled Amtrak loses a ton of money each year. It doesn't have to...

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Blogosphere: Light Rail and Traffic

Walking Bostonian


Anyone familiar with the Downs-Thomson paradox and related concepts would understand that light rail or any public transit system is not a "congestion reliever" in the simple sense...

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Blogosphere: Breaking Down Economics of Bus and Rail

Portland Transport


There's been a bunch of stuff in the comments of the SW Corridor: Transportation Bundles article about the relative (operational) efficiencies of bus versus light rail...

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Blogosphere: Mapping Cyclist Casualty Concentrations

Drawing Rings Around the World


I've produced some maps of London cycling casualties on this blog before but it's hard to come up with an image that manages to capture both the scale and the spatial specificity of the issue...

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Blogosphere: Vision for a Next Generation of Transit

Greater Greater Washington


Fifty years ago, visionary leaders conceived, planned, and built Metro, radically reshaping the Washington DC region...

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Blogosphere: Why You Spend So Much on Transportation

The Atlantic Cities


It's no secret that conventional city planning emphasizes the automobile. The focus placed on metrics like car level-of-service lead to decisions that remove any obstacles to automotive speed and mobility...

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Blogosphere: Fixing the STROAD

Better Cities and Towns


If we want to build places that are financially productive, we need to identify and eliminate STROADs. A STROAD is a street/road hybrid and..

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Blogosphere: Bicycle Revolution or Urban Fad

Urban Times


The rise of the car in the 50s and 60s completely transformed cities - first across the USA, and then the world...

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URBANISM | HOUSING | CITIES | ENVIRONMENT

Blogosphere: Need to Link Development and Transit

Second Avenue Sagas


It's hard to believe less than a year remains in the reign of King Bloomberg. The Mayor since shortly after 9/11, Bloomberg has left a stamp, for better or worse, on the city...

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Blogosphere: Competition Fosters Cleveland Innovation

CEO's For Cities


Innovation in so many ways is seen as the key to driving economic growth in America's cities...

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Blogosphere: Great Gardens Get Thier Own Tours

ASLA Dirt


"How do garden owners and their landscape architects or designers work together to create a great garden?"..

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Blogosphere: How Micro Climate of Athens Changes Life

Global Site Plans


The urban environment today is certainly different from what it used to be. City expansion, increased populations in urban centers, and CO2 accumulation are some of the reasons for so-called micro-climates...

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Blogosphere: The Case Against Skyways in 10 Steps

Twin City Sidewalks


I found myself having another skyway conversation last week. It's difficult to boil down the reasons why these architectures are problems. Here's my attempt to do so using bumper sticker logic...

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Blogosphere: The Project of Our Time

Next City


Following up my thoughts on A History of Future Cities, I arranged a conversation with author Daniel Brook about the themes and topics covered in his book, released last month by W. W. Norton & Company...

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Blogosphere: Why No Big Cities with Muni Broadband?

The Atlantic Cities


The Institute for Local Self-Reliance recently compiled this map of all the communities in the country that control their own access to the Internet...

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Blogosphere: The Vibrant Bay Area

The Greater Marin


The Bay Area is quite a tapestry. We have people from around the world trying to make a living here and even more pounding at our doors...

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Commentary: Local Control is Under Attack

Marin Independent Journal


The Bay Area is quite a tapestry. We have people from around the world trying to make a living here and even more pounding at our doors...

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