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Blogosphere: US HSR Future, Praise For Nigeria BRT, VMT Continues Down, Philly Transit Example, Building Codes Vs. Affordability, Crowdsourced Urbanism

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: Will They, or Won't They?

Next City


When it was just settling into power, the Obama administration scored a coup. Following up on a campaign promise, White House officials convinced Congress to agree to an unprecedented and massive infusion of funds for high-speed rail...

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Blogosphere: Lagos BRT Gets Praise

C40 Blog


Recent transportation advances in Nigeria's most populous city have caught the attention of Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank...

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Blogosphere: Per Capita VMT Ticks Down for 8th Year

Streetsblog


Per capita vehicle-miles traveled in the United States dropped by 0.4 percent in 2012, according to the FHWA's travel trends data released Friday...

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Blogosphere: How Philly's Transit System Became Best

Governing


Back in 1995, Pat Deon, a Bucks County businessman newly appointed to SEPTA's board of directors, had his first meeting with General Manager Lou Gambaccini -- who had spent decades as a living legend across the Delaware River, where he helped create New Jersey Transit...

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Blogosphere: Charge Drivers Less to Build More Roads!

DC Streetsblog


Congratulations are owed to Bob McDonnell. He's scored a victory on his transportation funding plan, cementing his legacy (though infuriating conservatives, including his hand-picked successor)...

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URBANISM | HOUSING | CITIES | ENVIRONMENT

Blogosphere: Building Codes Limiting Affordability

Rooflines


Do you want to share housing expenses with more than two of your friends? Create a separate apartment within your home for your aging parent?..

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Blogosphere: Crowdsourced Urbanism in Helsinki

Pop Up City


Many companies and organizations have taken advantage of a crowdsourcing model to gauge public opinion on a wide range of questions...

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Blogosphere: We've Built Cities to Fail

Walkable Dallas Fort Worth


There is a story up at the Urban Land Institute about an increasing number of cities filing for bankruptcy. It's worth a read, though not particularly for the all-to-predictable conclusion...

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Blogosphere: TOD Hospital as Community Anchor

Dr. Urban Policy


Here is a development situation that is unfolding in real time: Dimensions Healthcare System, Prince George's County, Md officials and the University of Maryland Medical System are meeting on Thursday to discuss the location of the new regional hospital that will replace the problematic Prince George's Hospital Center...

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Blogosphere: CEQA Refrom World Turned Upside Down

California Planning and Development Report


The CEQA reform landscape - which looked pretty robust all winter - was turned upside down on Friday...

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Blogosphere: Brasilia Reimagined

The City Fix


Built in the 1950s to showcase some of the world's leading architects and their futuristic design vision, Brasilia, the federal capital of Brazil, was designed with imagination, innovation, and a futuristic urban aesthetic in mind, paved with good intentions...

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Blogosphere: Lessons for Chicago's Riverwalk

Architect's Newspaper


As Chicago gears up for an overhaul of the city's Riverwalk, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has touted his architectural cause célèbre as a way for the city to reengage with its "second shoreline."..

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