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Blogoshpere: Manhattanizing The World, Power of Women Planners, LaHood Talks HSR, Cities Using Tech To Relieve Traffic

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: Is LA Streetcar Too Duplicative?

Transport Politic


Los Angeles submitted an application for U.S. TIGER funds with the intention of building a downtown streetcar line. But the alignments proposed are very similar to those offered by existing rail and bus services - and each would operate in a one-way loop, a failed transit concept...

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Blogosphere: "Gateway to San Gabriel Valley"  

The Source


Below is the news release from the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, the independent agency building the Measure R-funded project, including the bridge that will carry the tracks from the 210 freeway median across the eastbound lanes toward the downtown Arcadia station:..

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Blogosphere: Manhattanizing the World

Pop Up City


ExtendNY is an interactive project by Harold Cooper that extends the Manhattan street grid to every place on Earth...

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Blogosphere: St. Jane & Power of Women Planners

The Atlantic Cities


Fifty years ago this month, Jane Jacobs published Death and Life of Great American Cities and changed the way the world understands cities. Yet even when she's acknowledged as an important urban thinker, the 'housewife' qualifier is invariably included...

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Blogosphere: Back to the Farm

NRDC Switchboard


How the times have changed: while residential land prices in the US have fallen by a staggering 70 percent since 2006, the value of cropland has actually risen some 20 percent, according to a story by Robbie Whelan in the Wall Street Journal...

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Blogosphere: Considering the Bellevue Grid

Seattle Transit Blog


Like most cities on the Eastside, Bellevue has the misfortune of funneling all its transit service into one hub- in this case, it's the Bellevue Transit Center...

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Blogosphere: Forgotten Utility for Complete Streets

City Tank


Much discussion is found on the Interwebs these days about improving communities with "Complete Streets"-street's designed for multiple transportation options and not just for cars. Non-motorized safety is a major focus of such street design, usually achieved by slowing automobile traffic and providing pedestrian safety measures...

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Blogosphere: Anatomy of Successful Ballot Measure

DC Streetsblog


Last week, people went to the polls in four states to vote on transit-related ballot initiatives. Of 10 measures transit advocates were watching closely, seven of them were victories...

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Blogosphere: Wyoming DOT to Halt Highway Expansion

DC Streetsblog


Further evidence that the highway era in America is coming to a close: Under financial strain, a state DOT has stepped and up said it will stop expanding highways...

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Blogosphere: The Tech City Map

Suprageography


Last week the government launched the Tech City map. It is not the first - there have been several previous maps, e.g. by the Guardian, of technology startups in the Old Street/Shoreditch area of London, but this is the highest profile one produced yet...

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Blogosphere: Ray LaHood Talks HSR

DOT Fastlane


2012 is shaping up to be a year of significant high speed rail activity. In the first part of the year, more than $1 billion in high speed rail construction activity will be underway...

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Blogosphere: Are Road Use Fees Too Creepy to Work?

The Atlantic Cities


In theory, there is a simple solution to the nation's backlog of needed road projects and the declining value of fuel taxes: drivers should pay a user fee...

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Blogosphere: Travel the US in Five Minutes (Video)

Good Magazine


Photographer Brian DeFrees took a 12,000-mile cross-country road trip from New York to California and back again, snapping photos at every sight along the way...

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Blogosphere: Jan Gehl on Placemaking

Economics of Place


Danish Architect Jan Gehl is one of the giants in the field of building communities around the human scale. His work is renowned around the world and his thoughts and ideas are sure to inspire even the most jaded of urbanists...

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Blogosphere: 4 Cities Using Tech to Relieve Traffic

Mashable


There are one billion cars on the road, and that number could reach 2.5 billion by 2020. That auto congestion not only wreaks havoc on the environment, but also frustrates the commuters sitting in traffic on their way to work...

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