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Blogosphere: Leftover Parking Spaces, Planning Accessibility, London TOD Lessons, Visualizing Density, Essential Bars

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.
TRANSPORT

Blogosphere: Visualizing the World's Flight Paths

Digital Urban


Robin of geotheory.org and a student on our MRes in Advanced Spatial Analysis and Visualisation course here at CASA, University College London has created an interesting movie looking at data from openflights.org...

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Blogosphere: Less Driving, Wither the Parking Lot?

Governing


Parking lots and spaces are a necessary evil of city living. They can be hard to find, take up a lot of valuable space and are symbols of their car-dependent stepchild, the suburb. Yet parking spots always seem to be in demand...

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Blogosphere: Accessibility and Planning Scenarios

Transportationist


"Understanding the interdependent relationship between transportation and land use is important for planning the future growth of cities. Recognizing how this relationship affects accessibility-the ability of people to reach the destinations that meet their needs and satisfy their wants-can help policymakers and planners make decisions that optimize a city's efficiency, livability, and economic competitiveness...

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Blogosphere: London's Invisible Underworld

The Atlantic Cities


The underworld of London carries many secrets. At least, it used to. Artist Stephen Walter has found and documented the city's underground complexion in a hand-drawn map of subterranean London. Part of a new exhibition running at the London Transport Museum, Walter's map reveals the buried history of the city..

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Blogosphere: Lessons from London on TOD

Regional Plan Association


By the late 1970s, London and New York were cities that many believed were in terminal decline. Since then, both London and New York have experienced a remarkable renaissance. And both cities have much to learn from each other as they plan for their future...

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URBANISM/HOUSING/CITIES

Blogosphere:2 Sustainability Projects of Interest

Urban Times


Sustainability as a movement is picking up pace globally. The ancestors of environmental consciousness have long-ruled the sector, holding ecological footprints at high value. Some cities have been recognized for quite some time for their sustainability efforts long before being ecological was a trend...

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Blogosphere: The Dreaded Density Issue

Placeshakers


A number of recent conversations with Stefanos Polyzoides, Howard Blackson, and Matt Lambert regarding density and residential types has me thinking about building typology as one solution to visualizing and embracing density...

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Blogosphere: Some States Are More Mobile Than Others

The Atlantic Cities


Economic mobility - the quintessentially American idea (ideal, really) that any one, no matter how humble their origins, can become wealthy - has taken some terrible hits in the last few years...

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Blogosphere: Where the College Graduates Are

Brookings


As another college graduation season draws to a close, today's New York Times reports the results of a small analysis we conducted on college degree attainment rates in metropolitan areas...

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Blogosphere: Cities & Housing, Sustainable Dev Agenda

Urban Times


The world's cities are experiencing a shortage of adequate housing, particularly those in the developing world, where citizens have had to resort to self-help housing as a means of acquiring a roof over their head. ..

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Blogosphere: Why a Good Bar Is Essential

The Atlantic Cities


My friend Eliot Allen first introduced me to the concept of neighborhood completeness: that the quality of a place is defined in part by how many different functions it has in close proximity to homes and to each other...

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Blogosphere: Rigid Roads Reduce Fuel Consumption

Wired


A new study predicts that repaving US roadways with firmer surfaces could save up to 273 million barrels of crude oil each year. Researchers at MIT used mathematical models to examine the forces at work when a rubber tire travels over a road surface and found that cars and trucks must use slightly more energy on less-stiff streets. ..

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