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Blogosphere: TOD In Hawaii, Transforming Houston Metro, Silicon Valley Shuttle Impact, 2013 Transit Openings, Innovation Investing

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.
TRANSPORT

Blogosphere: Leveraging TOD in Hawaii

Smart Growth America Blog


Hawaii state agencies can leverage transit-oriented development to help deliver on many of Governor Abercrombie's economic development, quality of life and environmental protection goals, according to a new analysis from the state's Office of Planning and Smart Growth America's Leadership Institute...

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Commentary: New Approach to Transform Houston Metro

Houston Chronicle


George Greanias successfully righted the ship at Metro over the last three years, but his recent resignation as well as the general mobility referendum creates an opportunity for a pioneering new era at the transit agency...

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Blogosphere: Are Silicon Valley Shuttles Bad for SF?

The Atlantic Cities


Buses in this country have a bad rap. You can debate the nature and origin of the bus stigma, and many have, including on this site. But the bottom line is that in most parts of the country, the motor coach and its riders are not usually found at the top of the socioeconomic heap...

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Blogosphere: The AirBNB of Bikes

Treehugger


I've loved every chance I've gotten to ride a bike in a foreign city - though it isn't always easy. In Amsterdam, where bikes abound, there is a bike sharing program, as there is in Barcelona, Stockholm, Paris, and Berlin..

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Blogosphere: Who Owns the Street Outside Your House?

The Naked City Blog


Parking. It's a dilemma for cities, towns and even hamlets. The more you make accommodations for drivers (that is, most adults) who need to park vehicles, the uglier and less functional you are likely to make your city. ..

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Blogosphere: Transit Openings for 2013

Transport Politic


This year, more than $64.3 billion worth of transit expansion projects will begin construction, continue construction, or enter into service in the United States. It's a huge investment, much of it the product of extensive state and local spending...

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Blogosphere: Light Rail City, Phoenix's Bad Frontages

Price Tags


About this time of year, Canadian sunbirds fly south to Phoenix. So we will too, and once on the ground will take a ride on Phoenix transit...

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URBANISM | HOUSING | CITIES | ENVIRONMENT

Blogosphere: How Black Gentrifiers Affect Perception

The Atlantic Cities


The neighborhood of Bronzeville on the South Side of Chicago has been gentrifying now for more than a decade. Formerly boarded-up beautiful brick homes along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive have come to life...

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Blogosphere: Urban Morphology in Mexico City

The Polis Blog


Mexico City is a giant laboratory of urban morphology. Its 20 million residents live in neighborhoods based on a wide spectrum of plans. Here are some examples...

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Blogosphere: Top Built Environment Trends of 2012

Urban Times


The past year has sparked a number of conversations about cities and the built environment; it seems that more than ever we are seeing people engage the places they live rather than waiting for community to form on its own. Here are a handful topics that received considerable attention in 2012...

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Blogosphere: A Balancing Act Like No Other

ASLA Dirt


Michael Grab has been creating unbelievable works of land art around Boulder, Colorado. Inspired by Yoda's maxim, "Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try," ..

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Blogosphere: Disruption Index: Moving to Happiness

Next American City


Poverty tends to concentrate and reinforce itself. This is no surprise to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which has watched for decades as its housing projects devolved into pits of criminality and hopelessness...

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Blogosphere: Waller Creek Conservancy

Next American City


Waller Creek sneaks its way through Austin, winding through the University of Texas and slipping past the nearby statehouse, eventually ending up in Lady Bird Lake at the edge of downtown...

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Blogosphere: Amid Cuts, Invest in Innovation

Brookings


Contrary to the claims of some politicians and pundits, we can't cut our way to a strong economy. We need to get our fiscal house in order, to be sure. But we also need to invest in those key areas that can help boost the nation's growth, which is still the best way to erase the debt...

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Blogosphere: Death of the American Shopping Mall

The Atlantic Cities


America has too many malls. I've recently blogged that many traditional brick-and-mortar retailers are being threatened with "economic destruction" by their advantaged online competition. In an interview with Bloomberg TV, anchorwoman Nicole Lapin asked about the implications of this dynamic on retail real estate...

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Blogosphere: Renters Waste More Energy Than Owners

The Atlantic Cities


Renting an apartment can seem like a compact, environmentally efficient way of living, but when it comes to energy use, that's not always the case. University of California, Berkeley economists Lucas Davis and David Levine recently found that renters are significantly less likely than homeowners to report having efficient Energy Star appliances..

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Blogosphere: Sound Transit's TOD Policy Adoption

Citizens for Modern Transit


Seattle's Sound Transit has developed a transit oriented development policy to increase ridership "by promoting 'positive land use and development' within walking distance of transit facilities."..

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Blogosphere: An Ode to Impermanence, Black Rock City

Urban Times


Undoubtedly, 2013 is a year that will require a lot of creative thinking on the part of our leaders-and ourselves-if we're to avoid financial and environmental crisis; so here's a little story about another way of life from which maybe we could all learn a thing or two...

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