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Blogosphere: Ownership Evolution, Atlanta Transpo Flaws, Metro Development Shift, Cities & Drought, NYC Forbidden Gifts, Our Love For Parking

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: Pop Density & Ownership Evolution

Per Square Mile


Yours. Mine. Even a two year-old can understand the basics of ownership. Those two words are also freighted with meaning, implying volumes about resources, control, privilege, and social standing. But what they don't say is why it is we care so much about who owns what...

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Opinion: Atlanta's $6.4B Plan's Fatal Flaws

Atlanta Journal Constitution


I am concerned that the proposed 2010 Transportation Investment Act contains three fatal flaws that the Legislature must fix during the 2012 legislative session if we are serious about relieving traffic congestion and sustaining economic growth in metro Atlanta...

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Blogosphere: Mayor Gray, Streetcars, & Meet the Press

DCist


While playing host to the U.S. Conference of Mayors' winter meeting last week, Mayor Vince Gray swung by NBC's studios to sit down with Meet the Press host David Gregory...

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Blogosphere: Cleveland's Core Trends Up

Rustwire


The number of poor in the Cleveland and Youngstown MSA's that live outside of the city proper has grown like wildfire over the last decade, according to a study I led at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University...

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Blogosphere: Metros Bring Industries to 21st Century

Brookings


With the economy still reeling from the effects of the recession, metropolitan areas have become increasingly willing to explore new approaches to economic development...

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Blogosphere: Targeting Seattle's Achievement Gap

Brookings


Over the past two decades, the Puget Sound area’s innovation-driven economy has become a magnet for highly educated people from across the country and around the world. Drawn to the region by some of the nation’s most innovative companies—Microsoft, Boeing, Nintendo, Amazon, Genentech and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, to name a few—the Puget Sound region ranks well on measures of educational attainment. Of the nation’s largest 100 metro areas, the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area is 11th in bachelor’s degree holders and 17th in graduate degree attainment....

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Blogosphere: Are Mayors Asking for Wrong Thing?

Forbes


Each year, as the halls of the Capitol open anew, the United States Conference of Mayors hauls in the nation's city executives to convene. And twist arms. Today, the mayors wrap up a trip that included a foreboding report-prepared by IHS Global Insight-a nice news splash, and some potshots at an ineffectual, unpopular Congress...

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Blogosphere: Fixing America's Soon Waterless Cities

The Atlantic Cities


When you look at the official U.S. drought monitor map, you immediately see that many American cities may be in the wrong places for long-term water sustainability. In particular, note the presence of "long-term" severe-to-extreme drought conditions across most of Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona...

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Blogosphere: Ryan Gosling Architecture Pick Up Meme

Pop Up City


The Internet cannot get enough of Ryan Gosling, who became the single target of a wide range of funny Tumblr blogs covering a wide variety of academic and topical subjects...

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Blogosphere: Civic Engagement Saved Ecuador City

The Atlantic Cities


The port city of Guayaquil is the largest metro area in Ecuador and also the country's economic core, accounting for about a quarter of its gross domestic product. But its path to prosperity over the years has been anything but linear...

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Blogosphere: NYC Officials Got Forbidden Gifts

Next American City


Free dinners, free luncheons and barbecues, even a free $4,000 honeymoon in Istanbul - three city officials overseeing construction of Manhattan's High Line received these and more from the chief contractor on the project...

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Blogosphere: Will Takoma TOD Rise?

DC MUD


Denizens of the earthy Takoma neighborhood are finally seeing much-promised transit-oriented development beginning to sprout along underutilized Carroll Street NW, just steps from the Takoma Metro station...

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Blogosphere: We Love Parks, Love Parking More?

The Naked City Blog


Two lengthy and thought-provoking articles about parking are making the rounds this month, sparking what I hope will be a lot more thinking about, and innovative approaches toward, that mundane but ugly creature, the parking lot...

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