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Blogosphere: Driving Blind, Hating The Bus, TOD Density Bonus, Citizen Engagement, Millenials & Home Builders

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: Google's Prius Drives Blind Man

Wired Autopia

Steve Mahan is clinically blind, having lost 95 percent of his vision over the course of several years. But on a sunny day in the Bay Area, the Google crew arrived to shuttle him around, running errands like the rest of us and making a trip through the Taco Bell drive-through...

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Blogosphere: Hate the Bus? Time to Reconsider


Nearly everyone who rides the bus has complaints: cleanliness, overcrowding, timeliness. In a piece for, Will Doig argues that the bus is actually the best answer to improving urban transit...

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Blogosphere: DC Could Break Mold w Bridge Park


In Washington, D.C., the 1,600-foot long 11 street bridge over Anacostia River is being pulled down and redesigned because it's structurally unsound...

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Blogosphere: Removing TOD Density Bonus Bad Policy

Urban Places and Spaces

While I didn't get quoted in the WBJ article, "Transit-oriented development? Not at MARC stations, bill says," on this subject, I aver my points were far better than what ran in the story, although they needed some polishing, and they were just from email, but we didn't get a chance to talk because I was traveling...

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Blogosphere: TOD is Coming to the Lake Street Station


TOD took a step closer to reality at the site of the Midtown Farmers Market adjacent to the Lake Street station in Minneapolis. The farmers market will in fact be the centerpiece of a mixed-use project that will include 500 housing units, a public square, and commercial space in a walkable transit village...

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Blogosphere: Hard to Find When Parking is Free

Seattle Transit Blog

On Tuesday, I was correctly admonished for not providing data in an opinion piece where I criticized another opinion piece for not having data. Sorry about that...

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Blogosphere: Smart Citizen Engagement, and Dumb

Otis White

Density and affordability: To become a truly sustainable city Seattle needs more of both, but is that best of both worlds possible? One camp argues that if you want to make housing more affordable, the best thing you can do is build as much housing as possible so that prices will fall due to supply and demand...

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Blogosphere: Criticism for New Haven Downtown Plan

Next American City

Instead of "super blocks" surrounded by super-wide, one-way streets, why not break the New Haven's Route 34 corridor into smaller chunks, and knit them together with two-way cross streets?..

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Blogosphere: Millenials Terrifying Home Builders?

Price Tags

I've noticed a lot of articles coming in that reflect not just the reasons why our way of living should change - but actually is, backed by data and surveys. It may be the delayed impact of the 2008 financial crisis and the time it takes for the supertanker of consumption to shift...

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Blogosphere: Big Box Stores are Drugs

Rust Wire

I started a series on the "psychology of the suburbs" unsure if crack, big box sprawl, the amygdala, "Don't Tread on Me," and innovation-stunting conformity had a legitimate connection. I ended it confident they do...

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