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Blogosphere: Chinese Bike Kingdom, Bike Parking, Charlotte Zombie Projects, Conservative Transit Case, St. Louis Missing TOD

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.

Commentary: Regain Pride of Bike Kingdom

China Daily

Just three decades ago, the jungle of smokestacks that ruled the Shanghai skyline was widely regarded as a sign of modernity. Now we all know how crazy that kind of thinking was. Most city folks today are adverse to such chimneys in their neighborhood...

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Blogosphere: 27 Car Spots into 336 Bike Spots

SF Streetsblog

Bike corrals are popping up so quickly around San Francisco, who can keep track anymore? The SF Municipal Transportation Agency has installed 27 corrals since it started rolling them out in 2010, adding 168 bike racks without taking up any sidewalk space...

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Blogosphere: Charlotte's Zombie Projects

Naked City

The proposal to keep building Charlotte's long-planned streetcar route is now officially a zombie. It's among the living dead, or maybe in the "not dead - yet" category...

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Blogosphere: Get Involved at the Beginning

Human Transit

Portland's regional government Metro has just launched a public feedback period on its Southwest Corridor Project. This is the most important time to be involved. For details on upcoming engagement events, and online feedback opportunites, see here. (Scroll to bottom for public meeting info.)..

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Blogosphere: Conservative Argument for Trans Policy

Radials Blog

If you somehow find yourself making a list of buzz phrases for the Republican party chances are that somewhere between "Strong Defense" and "Traditional Values" you'll come up with "States' Rights"...

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Blogosphere: Bill Compromise Not Progress

Next American City

Last week, just before the expiration of the ninth temporary extension of the Surface Transportation law, which governs federal disbursement of gas tax revenues for transportation investment, Congress finally reached a deal to reauthorize it...

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Blogosphere: Last Mile to a Light Rail Station

Urban Review St. Louis

Recently I posted about the lack of transit oriented development (TOD) around the Wellston & Rock Road MetroLink light rail stations (see Let's Build Around Light Rail). Both stations have been open for 19 years now...

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Blogosphere: Abandoned Walmart Now a Library


The McAllen Public Library in McAllen, Texas, is the size of 2.5 football fields - the largest single-story library in the United States. But in its former life, its size wasn't all that unusual. That's because the McAllen library used to be a Walmart...

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Blogosphere: Near Shoring and Future of Smart Growth

Next American City

The financial services industry is shifting many of its jobs to parts of the country better known for their preference for small government and bolo ties than for vibrant financial sectors, the New York Times reported on Monday...

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Blogosphere: 4 Changes that Made Tehran More Livable

This Big City

Tehran is a megacity and the capital of Iran, with a day population of 14 million and a permanent population of about 10 million people. The city's size, its non-stop traffic, polluted air, and overpopulated streets are just some of Tehran's well-known characteristics...

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