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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.

Editorial: Streetcars Require Broader Funding Plan

Kansas City Star

For years, Kansas City has sought the elusive key to rail transit. One proposal after another has been rejected by voters or thrown out as unworkable. Now the city is pushing a different approach for the needed revenue..

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Blogosphere: HSR Critics Actually Just Opponents

California HSR Blog

You would think that a plan to build high speed rail that is $30 billion cheaper than the previous iteration and provides desperately needed post-oil travel between California's metropolitan areas sooner would be one that HSR critics would embrace...

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Blogosphere: Senate Bill Rejection Opens GOP Rift

DC Streetsblog

The conservative wing of the Republican Party had their way yesterday in the House of Representatives, refusing to bring up for a vote the moderate, two-year transportation bill passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority in the Senate, going instead with a 90-day extension, the 9th in a row...

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Blogosphere: Congress Kicks the Can 90 Days

DC Streetsblog

Yesterday, before taking off for a two-week recess, Congress passed a three-month extension of SAFETEA-LU, the ninth since it first expired on September 30, 2009. It now only needs the president's signature sometime before midnight on Saturday to become law...

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Blogosphere: Redesign Borrows from Netherlands

LA Streetsblog

This week marks another milestone in new approaches to street design in the city of Santa Monica. A two block segment of Longfellow St. receives a makeover, taking cues from the mixed use woonerf concept from the Netherlands...

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Blogosphere: The Red Ball Project

The City Fix

The RedBall Project is a traveling installation and a social experiment that started in 2006. Since its inception, the red ball has traveled all around the world, getting wedged in between buildings, being suspended from bridges and floating in urban parks...

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Blogosphere: Parks Boost Cities Competitiveness

City Parks Blog

Last month, spent more than $600 million to acquire three adjacent parcels in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood for its new headquarters campus...

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Blogosphere: Is Tallinn Europe's Most Innovative City?

This Big City

Tallinn is an underdog in the global arena, with cities competing for international business and tourism. But Tallin is doing good, in my opinion. I visited the Estonian capital almost five years ago, and the city was already offering free public WiFi to its visitors and inhabitants...

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Blogosphere: World's First Virtual Supermarket

Pop Up City

Remember that subway platform supermarket in South Korea? Tesco and Samsung are taking this idea to the next level with their virtual HomePlus grocery store that opened its doors in Seoul two days ago...

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Blogosphere: Manifesto Came Before New Urbanism 

The Atlantic Cities

Before the buildings of Leon Krier or Robert Venturi, even before the iconic writings of Jane Jacobs, came a 20-year-old's manifesto that rejected the modernist city, but in a particularly absurdist fashion. ..

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