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Blogosphere: SF Bikeway Costs, Chicago BRT Gridlock Worries, Infra Bank Bill Returns, Climate Change & Transpo, City As Power Plant

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: Mission Bikeway Would Cost More  

SF Streetsblog

Constructing raised, protected bike lanes on downtown Mission Street would cost more than building them on Market, according to SF Municipal Transportation Agency Director Ed Reiskin...

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Blogosphere: Reporter Worries about BRT Gridlock

Chicago Streetsblog

In a recent CBS Chicago TV editorial, veteran news personality Walter Jacobson panicked that the city's proposal for the Central Loop BRT corridor would "create a gridlock of the world," but he's wildly unclear on the concept...

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Blogosphere: Bike Lanes Prominent at Austin's Mueller

People for Bikes

The first thing that struck me when I walked into the main administrative building for Austin's Mueller subdivision was the mounted bicycle hanging in the window...

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Blogosphere: Could LaHood Stick Around for Sequester

DC Streetsblog

It's been almost a month since Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced his resignation - and longer than that since he tipped off the president that he was planning his exit - but no replacement has been named yet...

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Blogosphere: Senators Reintroduce Infra Bank 

DC Streetsblog

These two men are serious about creating an infrastructure bank before they leave office. Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) - both titans of the Commerce Committee, both retiring in 2015 - yesterday re-introduced legislation to create such a bank...

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Blogosphere: DC Finishes Streetcar...Website

Greater Greater Washington

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is stepping up its communication around the streetcar project, with a new website, a meeting to update residents last night, and better efforts to engage neighbors on issues like the maintenance facility on Benning Road...

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Blogosphere: Every City Needs Pedestrian Lucha Libre

Atlantic Cities

You know how it feels when you're trying to cross the street and a driver comes through the intersection as if you're not even there? Like he's muscling through with that big box of metal..

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Blogosphere: Wireless Charging of Electric Buses  

Gizmag via Transportation Nation

Regional German transport operator Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH (RNV) is set to carry out a pilot project to test the viability of wireless inductive charging technology of electric buses...

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Blogosphere: Rasta Tube Announcer Urges 'Ride Happy'

Vice via Transportation Nation

Unless you're a complete masochist with a penchant for strangers sneezing in your mouth, you'll hate the London Underground during rush hour...

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Blogosphere: Climate Change & Role of Transportation


The transportation of people and goods from one place to another creates about one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions. Of that, 80 percent comes from cars and trucks...

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Blogosphere: Denver's Frequent Transit Map

Denver Urbanism (via BS)

Do you know which RTD bus routes come often enough to take without worrying about a timetable? This new map illustrates exactly that, by adding bus routes that come at least every 15 minutes all day to the well-known FasTracks rail map...

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Blogosphere: Regional Innovation Clusters Adding Up

Brookings Up Front

One frequent criticism of the Obama administration's welcome conviction on economic regionalism-epitomized by its programs to stimulate regional industry clusters with small matching grants usually in the $1 million to $2 million range-is that it remains small bore...

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Blogosphere: CA's Open Meetings Act Needs Update

City Journal

One of California's most influential pieces of legislation turns 60 this year with nary a champagne cork popped. With due deference to the recently departed Huell Howser, the Brown Act, which lays out open-meeting practices for municipal governments, is indeed a piece of "California's Gold."..

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Blogosphere: Tree Covered Skyscraper Rises in Milan

Business Insider

Forget London's monolithic new Shard, all eyes will surely be on the Bosco Verticale when it opens in Milan at the end of this year...

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Blogosphere: Re-imagining the Caltrain Railyards


Could the Caltrain station and railyards at 4th and King streets be San Francisco's next big planning opportunity? The current station is the node that links San Francisco to Silicon Valley and the peninsula...

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Blogosphere: Mapping Data-Dense Cities as Mountains

Atlantic Cities

The New York City Police Department publishes an incredibly dense database every year of the profiles of controversial "stop-and-frisk" encounters between officers and residents throughout the city...

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Blogosphere: Scaling Systems to Make Them Sustainable


At the Innovative Metropolis conference organized by the Brookings Institution and Washington University in St. Louis, cutting-edge designers and policymakers explained how some cities can use a systems-based approach to become more sustainable...

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Blogosphere: Design in a Dismal Weather Climate


It all started when I needed a place to eat my lunch. As a strong believer in the lunch break, I noticed that I had been skipping my noontime intermission. Our resilient foodcart owners are still peddling tom kha soup, but where do I go to eat it?..

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Blogosphere: From Preservation to Pioneering

Global Site Plans

In a period of rapid urbanization, many cities are faced with the challenge of reconciling seemingly contradictory objectives. One of the most pressing of these challenges is the imperative to conserve valued and significant buildings and streetscapes of the past whilst providing the infrastructure for modern..

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Blogosphere: Do You Know Where Materials are From?

Sustainable Industries

The phone call had to rank among one of the most frustrating moments for one of our young project engineers. Hard at work in Seattle on the Bertschi School's Science Classroom Building - designed to be the first Living Building for a school in Washington state..

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Blogosphere: Turning City into a Power Plant

Pop Up City

Last year we told you about energy parasites and the efforts of groups of people to capture spoiled energy in the city and make it useful for other purposes...

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