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Blogosphere: MD Gas Tax Hike Fails, Developer Sidewalk Responsibility, Indianapolis BRT, Boomer Retirees, Giving Mayors More Power

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: Maryland Gov Not Able to Raise Gas Tax

DC Streetsblog

Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley of Maryland was dealt a setback last week when the legislature failed to approve a revenue package that would have shored up funding for transportation projects...

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Blogosphere: Developers Should Provide Sidewalks Too

Greater Greater Washington

Prince George's County, like many other jurisdictions, requires developers to pay for new roads around new buildings, even outside the project's boundaries. But it never requires new sidewalks or bike lanes offsite. A bill in the county council would change that...

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Blogosphere: Indianapolis BRT Story Unfolds

Urban Indy

On November 3rd, 2011, the Indianapolis MPO published a document (click to open .pdf) titled, "Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) - Corridor Elements Workshop". The document is an in-depth examination of the study about to commence on the East-West corridor (Washington Street) and the North-South corridor (Meridian/College/Madison)...

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Blogosphere: London Travel Flows

A Science of Cities

Joan Serras in CASA is visualising some excellent flow data on the use of 114,000 pubic buses in London over a 24 hour period. Watch his previous Vimeo clip...

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Blogosphere: Anchor Institutions and Employment

Public CEO

In January of this year, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) announced that it had chosen the City of Richmond as the site for its second campus. It was a tremendous success for the City, which won over twenty competitors in the region, after a year- long competition...

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Blogosphere: Where Will Boomers Choose to Retire?

The Atlantic Cities

Happy 65th to the estimated 10,000 Baby Boomers who passed the threshold into senior citizen status today. And an early congrats to the 10,000 more who will follow tomorrow...

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Blogosphere: Where BIDS Work

Spatial Economics

Some lessons for Portas Pilots and other attempts to 'turn around' UK high streets from an interesting piece in the Journal of Urban Economics on which businesses choose to take part in Business Improvement Districts...

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Blogosphere: Feds Should Give Mayors More Power

The Atlantic Cities

"We're being strangled by the lack of action at the federal level. That's why mayors are where the action is." Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed uttered these words during a panel discussion titled "Cities 2012: Are Cities the New Global Building Blocks?" ..

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Blogosphere: Building a Community of Practice

NHC Open House

This column makes the case for establishing a national community of practice devoted to building knowledge about effective local housing policy. By fostering an ongoing, structured dialogue among local policymakers and practitioners..

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Blogosphere: Can't Fool Mother Nature


James Urban, FASLA, noted soil and tree expert, recently gave his talk, You Cannot Fool Mother Nature but You Can Understand Her, at the Arsenal in New York City. Urban is a prolific writer and lecturer on the subject of tree planting and the conditions needed to improve tree performance in urban environments...

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Blogosphere: Cox - War on Suburbia Part II

New Geography

My April 9 Cross Country column commentary in The Wall Street Journal (California Declares War on Suburbia) outlined California's determination to virtually outlaw new detached housing. The goal is clear: force most new residents into multi-family buildings at 20 and 30 or more to the acre...

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Blogosphere: Softer Side of Real Estate Development

Metropolis Magazine

Living in a big city can be hard. If you live in New York, you have probably quoted the famous song, "If I make it there, I can make it anywhere." But Portland-based developer Gerding Edlen recognizes the need for giving a softer side to the city...

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