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Blogosphere: LA Bike Plan Progress, Commuting Criminals Myth, CEQA Reform Bill, Ontario Sprawl, DC Sustainability Plan

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: Fake Townhouses Hide Portals

Messy Nessy Chic (via @albertatrebla)

Every city has its secrets, it's just a matter of finding them. On a street in Brooklyn that takes you towards the river, where the cobblestones begin paving the road, there is a townhouse that deserves a second look...

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Blogosphere: Mayor V Celebrates Bike Plan Progress

LA Streetsblog

Two years ago, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and a host of city officials stood at the podium announcing a new day for cyclists in Los Angeles...

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Blogosphere: Myth of the Commuting Criminal

Atlantic Cities

In the fears of many, criminals ride transit. Therefore, if a new train or bus stop comes to your neighborhood, you can expect soon afterward an upsurge in unsavory types and the danger that comes with them...

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Blogosphere: The Machines Under New York

Atlantic Cities

Coming soon(ish) to New York, the "East Side Access"! Set to open in 2019, the $7 billion project is one the greatest infrastructural works currently underway in urban America...

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Blogosphere: Steinberg to Unveil CEQA Reform Bill


Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg today said he intends to propose a bill tomorrow that would reform the California Environmental Quality Act...

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Blogosphere: Tearing Down Robert Moses Parkway


From Niagara Falls comes news that the State of New York will rip out a two-mile stretch of the Robert Moses Parkway, which has divided city residents from the scenic Niagara Gorge for a half-century. ..

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Commentary: Sprawl Destroying Ontario's Farmland

Toronto Star

Political leaders must end sprawl and create higher-density communities surrounded by local greenbelts of protected farmland...

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Blogosphere: Can We Win This Century w Sustainability

Fast Company

By leading the planet on a global transition to cleaner, less resource-intensive living, can America save the world from the dangers of a growing population demanding more and more?...

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Blogosphere: Low Income Housing Tax Credit Rethink

Smart Growth America

Congress began the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) program in 1986 to incentivize the private sector to develop more affordable rental units for low-income households...

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Blogosphere: DC Unveils Ambitious Sustainability Plan

The Atlantic Cities

Earlier this week Washington, D.C. mayor Vincent Gray announced a bold sustainability vision that is as comprehensive and ambitious in its aspirations as any in the country and, frankly, worthy of comparison to those for other cities around the world...

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Blogosphere: Ending Milwaukee's Residency Reqs

Urban Milwaukee

Gov. Scott Walker has proposed ending the residency requirement for local employees statewide. This will have by far the biggest impact on Milwaukee, which has the most public employees...

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Blogosphere: City That Never Was

Urban Omnibus

In the 20 years following its accession to the European Union in 1986, Spain underwent unprecedented physical development that radically reshaped its major cities and metropolitan areas...

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Blogosphere: NY's Aff Housing Isn't Always Affordable

Atlantic Cities

By most measures, the New Housing Marketplace plan, an affordable housing development program put into place during the Bloomberg administration, has been a great success...

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Blogosphere: How to Build Generous Urbanism

Original Green

The neighborhoods and subdivisions that make up our towns and cities can be very generous, but they can also be really stingy as well, and their generosity is a great barometer of their prosperity and a good prognosis of their long-term prospects...

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Blogosphere: Music and the City: Sonic Landscapes

This Big City

The intersection of music and the city is a long-standing phenomenon. Historical music hubs, well-loved record stores and much revered music venues all signify well the presence of music production and performance in the city...

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Blogosphere: Micro Apartments Future of Urban Living

Smithsonian Design Decoded

There's a housing crisis in major American cities: it's too damn expensive to live in one...

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Blogosphere: Put the FBI in Suitland, Not Greenbelt

Greater Greater Washington

Talk of the FBI leaving its Pennsylvania Avenue heaquarters reached a fever pitch in the last week, with WMATA taking steps to enable its development partner at the Greenbelt Metro station to bid on the FBI...

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Blogosphere: What Food Desert Maps Get Wrong

The Atlantic Cities

Food deserts, as they're traditionally defined, assume a world without transportation. The United States Department of Agriculture measures them this way:..

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Blogosphere: Bangkok's White Knuckle Ambulances

Next City (via @will_doig)

It's 2 a.m. on a Friday night in Bangkok, and the clubs are closing. The city's fever pitch is now behind it - the pounding beats and colorful lights are dying down..

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