URBANISM & DESIGN
Boyle Heights TOD Clears Hurdle
Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Thursday approved exclusive negotiation rights for a mixed-use commercial and affordable-housing complex next to the Metro Gold Line tracks in Boyle Heights.
Public transportation investments have helped to shape many of America’s cities. The largest metropolises typically have extensive rail and bus systems that provide mobility for commuters, residents, and visitors and serve as the backbone of the regional economy. The recent shutdown of the New York subway system as a result of Hurricane Sandy, and the crippling gridlock that resulted, demonstrates the extent to which such cities depend on their transit systems. The benefits of such systems are well documented; New York’s subway, the DC Metro, Chicago’s “L” trains, and other large systems have been the subject of numerous studies of their economic and environmental impact.
At the other end of the spectrum, transit systems in small towns and rural areas have also been the subject of recent research, including “Exploring the Role of Regional Transportation Projects as Rural Economic Drivers” by the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) and…
A crosswalk in Little Rock, Arkansas is forbidden to pedestrians from 6am to 6pm every day. Tim McKuin asks, what's the deal? The "anti-people" sign, as McKuin puts it, is on a very important intersection near City Hall and the historic Capital Building... Read On
Reconnecting America President and CEO John Robert Smith will participate in a panel discussion at the "Transportation in the Clinton Years: A Period of Innovation, Vision & Vigilance 10th Anniversary" at the Clinton Presidential Center and Library in Little Rock, AR. Smith's panel on "Transportation Innovation and the Economy" will focus on highway, transit, rail and aviation reauthorization.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named the five cities that will be the first to participate in the Greening America's Capitals program and receive free expert assistance to turn their towns into models of sustainable design... Read On
"The land swap will result in a green corridor from Cheltenham to Woodville as well as a sustainable development next to the new tram corridor, which will revitalise the western suburbs. But clearly, we haven't got the message out. People are not linking the land swap with the tram plan."