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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

Editorial: Light Rail Plans Get Rolling

Tampa Bay Times


After more than a year of quiet discussions between local officials and transportation experts, the conversation about public transportation in Pinellas is about to get broader and louder...

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Blogosphere: Various BART v HSR Conspiracy Theories

Caltrain HSR Compatibility Blog


The unfortunate reality of Bay Area transit politics is that twenty-eight agencies compete for funding and ridership with very limited coordination. At the top of this pile is BART, the biggest of them all. ..

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Opinion: City Rail Strategy Needs Change

Ottawa Citizen


Maybe Ottawans must adapt the city's rail strategy to meet changing circumstances. I've been a huge fan of light rail since former mayor and regional chairman Bob Chiarelli unveiled his line from Barrhaven to the University of Ottawa...

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Blogosphere: Faster Roads are Deadlier Roads

D Magazine


You've undoubtedly experienced the game of chicken that occurs at every intersection with each turn of the light from green to yellow...

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Blogosphere: Freeway Becomes the Cheapway

The Original Green


The Cheapway is "the thoroughfare formerly known as the Freeway." The Freeway, of course, was originally designed to run freely in the countryside, carrying people quickly between cities and towns...

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Blogosphere: Bordeaux and the Ultimate City Bike

The City Fix


It looks like Bordeaux, France will be the next city to have its custom-designed bike for its bike-share program. Philippe Starck, a French product designer, unveiled the final rendering of the "ideal city bike"...

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Blogosphere: Downtown Players Go CEQA on Metro

Curbed LA (via Streetsblog LA) 


The Source reported late yesterday that the Metro Board of Directors has pushed a hearing for the Downtown Regional Connector rail line's environmental impact report to March to allow "more time to discuss construction techniques and impacts with the business community along Flower Street in downtown Los Angeles."..

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Blogosphere: Beverly Hills High Tries to Extort Metro

Streetsblog LA


During yesterday's Metro Board Meeting, CEO Art Leahy reported that the Beverly Hills Unified School District would not allow Metro's experts to take advantage of the ongoing trenching studies going on at Beverly Hills High School, which are scheduled to end this weekend, without paying a cool $500,000 to the School District. ..

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Blogosphere: Devolution Won't Stop Bad Projects

Urbanophile


Harvard economist Ed Glaeser wrote a Bloomberg column with his prescription for US transportation. Among his recommendations is to de-federalize transportation spending, saying:..

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Blogosphere: More Money for Walking Needed

City Tank


I propose a solution to our transportation woes that is over a million years old: walking. Evolution has endowed us with bodies that are supremely efficient walking machines. Yet over the past century we have increasingly abandoned that endowment in favor of cars, an obsession that has led to a proliferation of places in which walking is both impractical and unpleasant...

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Blogosphere: Macro vs Micro Destinations

Pedestrian Observations


In her book Dark Age Ahead, Jane Jacobs complains that freeways as built are good at getting people to macrodestinations (downtown) but not microdestinations (particular addresses within city center)...

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Blogosphere: Would Single Payer Benefit Agencies?

Portland Transport


Apologies for going off topic somewhat--healthcare is not a primary topic of this blog. However, the big issue in the dispute between the union and TriMet isn't pay, but healthcare benefits...

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URBANISM/HOUSING/CITIES

Blogosphere: Notes from a Recovering Funder

Rooflines


I spent 10 years as a corporate foundation program officer in New York City. I managed our $5 million community development grants portfolio, which directly supported some 75 nonprofits...

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Blogosphere: Denny Regrade, Flattening Hills in Seattle

Fasla NYC


The latest installment of the "Advancing Deltas" research is up over on Free Association Design. There Brett Milligan gives a fascinatingly detailed chronicle of the large-scale movement of sediment from the former reservoir behind the now-breached Condit Dam on the White Salmon River to the much larger Lake Bonneville on the Colombia River...

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Blogosphere: A Facelift for Modernist City Planning

Urban Finland


The suburban city of Espoo to the west of Helsinki has major plans for the future. The most ambitious project is to transform the so-called T3 area consisting of Keilaniemi, Otaniemi and Tapiola into one big bustling, vital center...

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Blogosphere: Mayor Rybak Not Bad, Not Great Either

Getting Around Minneapolis


R.T. Rybak hasn't been a bad mayor. I voted for him in 2009, when no one ran against him. I also voted for him in 2005, because Peter McLaughlin, the better candidate, can do more as a Hennepin County Commissioner than as Mayor of Minneapolis...

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Blogosphere: Covering Urban Highways for Parks

City Parks Blog


Urban radicals want automobiles banned. Urban moderates can perhaps live with cars as long as they're neither seen nor heard. In European central cities the radicals have the upper hand. U.S. cities are increasingly settling for a compromise-an expensive compromise-by putting freeway segments underground and covering them with parkland...

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Blogosphere: Obama Budget Cuts Low Income Housing

Next American City


President Obama's budget is getting hit for doing harm to housing. But the president's funding request also would restore money to a key urban planning program. The National Low Income Housing Coalition says the president's proposed fiscal year 2013 budget "contains a mix of deep cuts, flat funding, and troublesome policy recommendations" on the housing side...

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Blogosphere: Should Rail Corridor Be Rec Trail First?

Urban Cincy


In the post-industrial United States cities all across America have been left with an abundance of rail right-of-way that once served industrial properties. Cities have since struggled to find a use for these rail corridors...

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Blogosphere: Should Rail Corridor Be Rec Trail First?

Urban Cincy


In the post-industrial United States cities all across America have been left with an abundance of rail right-of-way that once served industrial properties. Cities have since struggled to find a use for these rail corridors...

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Blogosphere: 20 Characters on Every Neighborhood List

The Atlantic Cities


It's a uniquely engaged citizen who turns up at a neighborhood meeting scheduled at the same time as the Mad Men season premiere to debate a recent spate of car break-ins on Main Street...

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Blogosphere: More Spending Over 50% on Housing

NHC Open House Blog


According to the new Housing Landscape 2012 report from the Center for Housing Policy, nearly one in four working households spends more than 50 percent of its income on housing...

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