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Blogosphere: Gardens On The Bus, Offstreet Parking, Portland Transit Funding, Neighborhood Magnetism, Tennessee Zoning, Suburban Future

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: Gardens on Top of Buses

Wake Up World (via Ed P)

Bus Roots is a living garden planted on the roofs of city buses. It's an effort that rose out of New York City designer Marco Antonio Castro Cosio's graduate thesis at the NYU. The project aims to reclaim the forgotten space on the tops of city buses...

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Blogosphere: Can Town Do Without Public Works?

Atlantic Cities

For a representative of the government, Mayor Stephen Acropolis is not a big fan of the government. "It's very difficult to say that government does anything better than the private sector," says Acropolis, the aptly named mayor of Brick Township, New Jersey. ..

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Blogosphere: What Are City Systems For

Car Free in Big D

I've been beating the drum lately on what exactly is the purpose of our road network? What is the purpose of our city? The city is a system with a purpose to serve human need and the movement infrastructure is a subsystem that must be subservient to the larger need...

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Blogosphere: Does District Need New Authority

Greater Greater Washington

DDOT has made a number of missteps on the streetcar project in the past year, and has been opaque about plans for funding future lines. This is prompting calls for a new independent authority to plan, build and/or run the streetcar...

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Blogosphere: Is Asia Cycling Backwards?

Pattern Cities

In recent posts, I explored DIY efforts driven by artists and activists in Moscow to encourage cycling. The growth of bicycling as a mode of transport in pattern cities like Copenhagen (even during the winter) and more recently in London has been encouraged through infrastructural investment and programs to shift behaviors...

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Blogosphere: Offstreet Parking Pushes Driving


New research from University of Pennsylvania planning professor Rachel Weinberger, set to be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Transport Policy, shows once again that providing guaranteed off-street parking spaces makes New Yorkers more likely to drive to work...

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Blogosphere: Editorial Fights Over Transport Spending

Portland Transport

The Sunday Oregonian did a hatchet job on Portland's transportation budget, essentially claiming that we have taken our eye off the ball on job 1 - paving streets for cars...

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Blogosphere: Austin Gerrymandered

Austin Contrarian

You've probably heard a lot of crazy talk that the San Antonio court has gerrymandered the Congressional districts in Travis County. As you can see, there's simply no truth to this:..

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Blogosphere: Which Neighborhoods Have Magnetism

SF Streetsblog

Walkability, transit access, good local schools - San Franciscans clamor to live in neighborhoods with features like these. Potrero Hill artist Wendy MacNaughton's "mental map" of the city lists the strongest qualities of seven areas that stand out for her..

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Blogosphere: A Modest Proposal for Zoning

Old Urbanist

Just a week after I wrote about Nashville's new downtown zoning ordinance, news has come in that Tennessee's General Assembly is considering a law that would have a dramatic impact on zoning at the city and county levels...

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Blogosphere: The Promise of Big Data for Cities

Living Cities

More data is being created from more places today than ever before. Tweets, clicks, YouTube videos, retailer loyalty cards, cell phones, even sensors on buildings are producing tons of data daily...

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Blogosphere: America's Suburban Future

Per Square Mile

If you think American cities are sprawling now, just wait until 2025. In that time, the U.S. population will grow by 18 percent but the amount of developed land will increase 57 percent. Up to 9.2 percent of the lower 48 could be urbanized by then...

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Blogosphere: Kodak's Failure Could Teach Detroit

The Urbanophile

Last month Kodak declared bankruptcy, and this month it quit selling cameras, something it has been doing since 1900. Did Kodak fail because it did not move from film to digital faster, or because it did not stick to what it knew best, laminating film?..

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