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Blogosphere: Zipcar Vs. Car2Go, Federal Transpo Role, Better Bike Lanes, Wasteful Road Expansion, Arlington BRT Deception, Dallas Density

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: Zipcar vs Car2Go

Seattle Transit Blog


I've been a ZipCar member for 8 years, beginning in Boston in the pre-smartphone era in which I would (gasp!) call in to find available cars...

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Blogosphere: Reform, Don't Devolve, Federal Role

Transportation Issues Daily


Everyone wants to change the federal government's role in transportation, and can be grouped into two categories: devolutionists and reformers. Fiscal pressures along with a lack of focus since the interstate highway system was completed drives both groups...

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Blogosphere: Replacing Freeway, Intersection Density

Walkable DFW


Tearing out Highways to Improve Connectivity: Intersection Density Edition..

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Blogosphere: I Love Accessibility

Streets.mn


Last year on streets.mn, David Levinson wrote about a study which projected what accessibility in the Twin Cities might look like in 20 years under a variety of planning scenarios...

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Blogosphere: How to Build a Better Bike Lane

Atlantic Cities


Martha Roskowski has been a bicycle advocate in the United States for some 20 years. It hasn't always been easy. These days, though, things are starting to feel different...

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Blogosphere: Cars and Robust Cities Incompatible

Atlantic Cities


Big roads and parking garages are so common in American cities that it's easy to forget these places once functioned exceptionally well without them. However, in their persistent battle to satisfy the demands of motorists, many urban areas are losing out...

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Blogosphere: Muckrakers Expose Hwy Underbelly

DC Streetsblog


The work of a sustainable transportation reporter can be a lonely lot. But it's a lot less lonely now that two McClatchy reporters, Curtis Tate and Greg Gordon, have taken up the mantle of exposing wasteful road expansion...

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Blogosphere: Opponents Deceive About BRT

Greater Greater Washington


A new organization is fighting the Columbia Pike streetcar in Arlington by showing a picture of a Bus Rapid Transit system that couldn't possibly go on Columbia Pike...

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URBANISM | HOUSING | CITIES | ENVIRONMENT

Blogosphere: Repositioning America's Edge Cities

The City Fix


How do you reposition a typical suburban office development - an office park, a group of office buildings and an intersection of highways - into a vibrant urban center?..

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Blogosphere: Moratoriums Have Place, Misused Easily

Greater Greater Washington


Residents and leaders in the U Street area are now debating a proposal for a moratorium on liquor licenses. When is a moratorium, for liquor or otherwise, useful? When is it not?..

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Blogosphere: D is for Density

Walkable DFW


Today, I gave a presentation/participated in brief table as part of D Magazine's on-going D Academy, where local professionals from a variety of fields learn about various subjects affecting the city...

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Blogosphere: Emergence of Container Urbanism

Design Observer


In San Francisco's Hayes Valley neighborhood, the traffic on Octavia Boulevard almost smacks into a small park before being routed west onto Fell Street...

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Blogosphere: Thinking About Parks Globally, Locally

City Parks Blog


While President Obama reports on the state of the union, mayors across the country have been delivering "state of the city" reports-and some standout themes include parks...

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Blogosphere: What Texas Can Teach Coastal Cities

National Review


Among pro-urbanists, i.e., devotees of Edward Glaeser who rail against restrictive zoning laws and the mortgage interest deduction, tout the economic and social and environmental virtues of density, etc., Wendell Cox is not a popular man, due to his (often - but not always - reasonable) hostility to fixed-rail transit, among other things...

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Blogosphere: Bottom Up Urbanism Works!

Pop Up City


In 2011, Philips announced the winners of the Livable Cities Award. With over 450 entries from 29 countries, Philips eventually put their support behind three great ideas for the livable city of the future...

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Blogosphere: Limits of Urban Planning with Legos

The Atlantic Cities


I imagine that most people who read Atlantic Cities love SimCity (and will go wild when a new version is released in March). What about trying SimCity in the physical world?..

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Blogosphere: Historic Preservation Revitalization Tool

Urban Places and Spaces


So the Gazette has a piece, "Long Branch redevelopment plans spur continued feedback," (also see the 2012 entry from GGW, "Silver Spring's Flower Theatre could bloom once again") about revitalization planning in the Long Branch sector of Montgomery County...

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Blogosphere: Laundromat Looks Like Night Club

Pop Up City


In Barcelona, Spain a new eco-friendly laundromat opened last summer. Nothing new you would say, except for the fact that this laundromat looks like a nightclub...

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