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Blogosphere: Urban Metabolism, Cyclist Demographics, Highway Teardowns, Seattle Transformation, Russian Street Art, Iron Triangle

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: Why People in Cities Walk Fast

The Atlantic Cities

Late last week our own Richard Florida wondered on Twitter whether pedestrian walking speeds might indicate a city's economic activity - reflecting some sort of "urban metabolism," as he put it. ..

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Blogosphere: Why Are 3 of 4 Cyclists Men?

DC Streetsblog

I've never thought of myself as a female cyclist. For the last 13 years, I've been a bike commuter in DC, and I figured my needs were the same needs as any cyclist. But for the last six months, I'm a biker that doesn't bike, and that has everything to do with the fact that I'm a woman...

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Blogosphere: A Ride on Tampa's Streetcar

Urban Indy

I had the recent fortune to be in Tampa while on spring break with my family. I convinced my wife to make another small excursion for one of, "dad's transit trips" and as a result, we were able to ride the Tampa Streetcar line from it's northern-most station to the downtown end point, and back...

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Blogosphere: Urban Highways Teardown Opportunities

The City Fix

If the twentieth century was known for building highways, the twenty-first century may be known for tearing them down. A new report jointly produced by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy and EMBARQ, "The Life and Death of Urban Highways," re-appraises the specific conditions under which it makes sense to build urban highways and when it makes sense to tear them down...

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Blogosphere: Charge for Parking, Not Ferry

The Greater Marin

Tomorrow, the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District (GGBHD) officials will debate whether to hike the cost of ferry rides for Clipper Card holders, which would raise $2 million to help close an $87 million deficit caused in part by costs associated with the Doyle Drive reconstruction. ..

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Blogosphere: Perils of Privitization as Proposed

The Transportationist

The 2012 proposal by David Cameron to "privatize" UK roads, by contracting out management of the roads in exchange for a stipend of taxes (but notably not tolling existing roads, only new construction)..

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Blogosphere: Miami Roads to Get Ped Improvements

Next American City

Against the backdrop of what has been a tragic month on South Florida roadways, City of Miami residents and businesses can take solace that an upcoming resurfacing project for a major thoroughfare will now include numerous pedestrian safety improvements...

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Blogosphere: Why Not Leave Infrastructure to States?

Washington Post

Yesterday, I pointed out that Rep. Paul Ryan's GOP budget proposal would require the federal government to spend less and less on transportation over time. Reihan Salam asks whether this is really such a bad thing...

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Editorial: Building Up Huntsville's Downtown

Huntsville Times

Huntsville's urban core is vital to the city's economy. It's also what helps define the community. And where many citizens live and work. So naturally, area residents should take interest in any proposal that would change the district's character...

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Blogosphere: Seattle's Transformational Moves

City Tank

One clue that something's up in Seattle is the construction cranes, whose legions have reinvaded the City during the past year or so. But the cranes only hint at the myriad transformational projects in the works..

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Blogosphere: Long Slog for Seattle Home Values

Next American City

The housing market continues in the doldrums throughout much of the nation. Seattle hit a new low in December, according to the S&P Case-Shiller index, the national leader in measuring the housing market...

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Blogosphere: Salesforce Exits Mission Bay


On February 28, Salesforce announced its was suspending plans to build a 2-million-square-foot campus on the 14 acres it had acquired in San Francisco's Mission Bay. Citing that it has grown faster than expected, the company will instead lease existing space two miles north, near Market Street in San Francisco's Central Business District...

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Blogosphere: Russian Street Art & Urban Revitalizaton

Pattern Cities

Recently, we covered street art as a community revitalization strategy in Miami. Incorporating street art (often considered illegal acts of vandalism) as a form of public art for community building and revitalization is increasingly a pattern seen in cities worldwide...

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Blogosphere: Mini Look into Kiev (Video)

The Urbanophile

Here's another stunningly "Wow!" tilt-shift, this one from Kiev. It's called "MiniLook Kiev" and this is definitely one to view in full screen high definition. If the video doesn't display for you, click here...

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Blogosphere: The Iron Triangle in Photos

Urban Omnibus

All urban neighborhoods change over time, but the process of transformation is rarely as dramatic as the redevelopment planned for Willets Point, Queens. In this week's feature, Nicole Salazar takes us on a photographic journey of the Iron Triangle..

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Blogosphere: Brain Drain is Economic Development

Burgh Diaspora

More succinctly, migration is economic development. Return migration to rural communities illustrates this nicely. The brain gain from brain drain:..

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Blogosphere: Where to Buy, Rent Now

The Atlantic Cities

It is now cheaper to buy a home than to rent in 98 of the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas. Years of post-bubble price declines, alongside stable or rising rents, have pushed down price-to-rent ratios across the country, according to Trulia's Winter 2012 Rent vs Buy Index...

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Blogosphere: Dixon - Unslumming and Slumming

City Builder Book Club

When Jane Jacobs published Death and Life in 1961, urban slums were viewed in a different perspective than they are today. Yet her approach to "unslumming"-rebuilding lives rather than destroying neighborhoods-is more topical than ever...

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Blogosphere: Seattle Food Trucks Underwhelming

Seattle Transit Blog

Food trucks are a bit of a silver bullet for urbanists, because they add to street activity without triggering many of the externalities of new construction...

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Opinion: Solar Farms Shouldn't Take Ag Land

Times of Trenton

I have been an environmentalist since the early 1970s, when, along with thousands of other baby boomer college students, I discovered the environmental problems associated with our post-World War II economic success...

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