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Blogosphere: Density And Job Growth, Sustainability Conspiracy, Berlin Rooftop Farms, Amtrak Profits, City Rankings, Gays And Housing Prices

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.

Policy Paper: The Urban Future of Work

SPUR


In this SPUR report, we make the case that there is a strong link between density and job growth. In fact, we believe that locating jobs closer to transit - and closer to one another - will be key to the Bay Area's long-term economic growth. We recommend 20 strategies for increasing density, strengthening the regional economy and promoting job growth...

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Blogosphere: Is Sustainability for Commies?

The Naked City


Here's something I keep wondering: If you drew a Venn diagram with one circle being people who say they believe free markets need little intervention and that government has no business telling people what to do with their property, and another circle being people who think there's a liberal conspiracy to force apartment buildings and stores into suburban residential neighborhoods now restricted to single-family houses on large lots, how big would be the part of the Venn diagram where the two sets overlap?..

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Blogosphere: Urban Ag on Berlin Rooftops

German Marshall Fund Urban Current


A new project in Berlin, Fresh from the Roof (Frisch vom Dach), plans to install a 2-acre aquaponic farm on the roof of an unused factory in the heart of the city. The farm's harvest will be distributed right from the factory building, activating the property at street level as well...

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Blogosphere: Will Amtrak Ever Be Profitable?

Freakanomics


Amtrak's ridership and revenue has been steadily increasing over the last 10 years, and 2011 set a new ridership record with 30.2 million passengers, and $1.9 billion in ticket revenue. But, even though it took in $1.42 billion from Congress last year, it still manages to lose $1 billion annually. This is hardly a new development...

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Blogosphere: Cons Pols Hate Subsidies, Unless Sprawl

DC Streetsblog


At a recent meeting of the city council in Celina, Ohio, members considered a request to extend sewer lines to six homes that are currently outside the city's boundaries. Extending the sewer line 800 feet to the houses would cost the city $40,000. A new water line was under discussion as well, doubling the cost...

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Blogosphere: Do Rankings Affect City Opinion

The Atlantic Cities


There's no shortage of information about cities. From population and unemployment to crime and traffic statistics, urban and regional data is swirling all around us...

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Blogosphere: How Does Gay Pop Affect Housing Prices?

The Atlantic Cities


Exactly how gay populations affect the urban housing market is something of an open question. On one hand, surveys have found that gays and lesbians believe they've been targets of housing discrimination at times [PDF]...

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Blogosphere: Hanoi's Expansion Transforms Housing

The Polis Blog


Before Vietnam moved toward a market-driven economy in the mid-1980s, the state heavily the regulated the housing sector and was the main, if not only, actor supplying housing...

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Blogosphere: Ron Paul - Let Transits Flourish

DC Streetsblog


Before the Iowa caucuses, we wrote briefly about the candidates' positions on transportation, but we'd missed this tidbit. (Thanks to an anonymous reader for bringing it to our attention.)..

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Blogosphere: The Inca's Strange Economy

io9


In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the Inca Empire was the largest South America had ever known. Centered in Peru, it stretched across the Andes' mountain tops and down to the shoreline, incorporating lands from today's Colombia, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina and Peru..

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Blogosphere: Redistorting Maps

Human Transit


M. V. Jantzen has designed a fun tool that let's you rearrange a subway map to show actual travel times from where you are. It's featured today at Greater Greater Washington. Here's Washington DC Metro viewed from Ballston station in Virginia:..

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Blogosphere: Housing Market Won't Lead Recovery

Bloomberg


What will the New Year bring for housing markets? Prediction is a perilous business, but history and basic housing economics suggest that price changes will stay modest, and that construction will increase only slowly...

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Blogosphere: Want Transit Access, But Affordable?

Slate Moneybox


Stephanie Hession runs some useful comparisons on housing costs in the DC area and finds that people are willing to pay a significant premium to live within walking distance of a Metro station...

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Blogosphere: Squandering Money on Conventions

City Journal (via @jacedeloney)


For two decades, American cities have used public dollars to build convention center space-far more than demand warranted. The result has been a gigantic nationwide surplus of empty meeting facilities, struggling convention centers, and vacant hotel rooms...

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