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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: Transpo Challenges Defy Simple Solutions

Houston Chronicle Highwayman Blog


Houston is a big, sprawling, diverse place; people often point to this as one of its charms. As a frequent eater (see photo) I enjoy having creole, Asian, Latin and a host of other flavors just a short drive away...

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Blogosphere: Electric Won't be Mainstream

Green Car Website UK


Fear is the key factor which will prevent electric cars from becoming dominant in the automotive industry in the future, according to a former boss of Volvo...

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Blogosphere: BRT Advisor Resigns Due to Snails Pace

SF Streetsblog


Bus Rapid Transit on Geary Boulevard was originally slated to open last year. But today, planners are looking at a launch in 2020 - an eight-year setback for a project that was supposed to take advantage of low costs to get off the ground quickly...

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Blogosphere: Let's Talk About the Green Line in Indy

Urban Indy


It has been quite some time since I, or anybody else here at Urban Indy, has written about the NE Corridor or as it is referred to now by Indy Connect, The Green Line. As of this writing, the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being constructed by HNTB, under contract through the MPO...

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Blogosphere: TTI Report Proves Roads Not the Answer

DC Streetsblog


In response to yesterday's story on the Texas Transportation Institute's congestion rankings, which take traffic delays out of context and risk being used to justify road expansions, former New Jersey DOT leader Gary Toth raised this question: What if, instead of getting frustrated with the report, we reframe its interpretation?..

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Blogosphere: Transit Benefits from Congestion Increase

Next American City


If traffic jams make you grit your teeth, just wait until you hear what they do to your wallet...

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Blogosphere: God Created Transit (Video)

Next American City


I can't deny that the "God Made a Farmer" Super Bowl ad for Dodge RAM trucks was beautiful. The imagery was Americana at its finest. Paul Harvey's voice, which animated the pictures, in and of itself stunned me..

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Blogosphere: Cities With the Cheap Beer

The Atlantic Cities


When planning a move to a new city, it's important to ask yourself a number of questions: What are apartment rentals going for? How good is the public transit system? What's the crime rate?..

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Blogosphere: Portland's Lessons for the Twin Cities

Minnesota Post


As a carless transplant now living in Portland, Ore., I've spent a lot of time observing the city from a bus seat. This prompted me to ponder the differences between transit systems in Minneapolis and my new town. ..

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Blogosphere: Considering Divesting in Fossil Fuels

Grist


The divestment campaign that 350.org began in late 2012 has grown up so quickly! It seemed like just yesterday that Bill McKibben et al were convincing colleges to pull their money out of the fossil fuel industry and in turn feel much better about their moral selves...

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Blogosphere: Density vs. Livability

The Atlantic Cities


Density is an issue that's generated heated debate among urbanists - much of it covered here on Cities. On the one hand, a growing number of economists extol the benefits of greater high-rise construction..

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Blogosphere: New Life for Empty Lots in Spain

Polis Blog


"Esto no es un solar" (this is not a lot) is a participatory design project reanimating abandoned lots in Zaragoza, Spain...

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