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  • Suppressing the Housing Supply in Cities Isn’t Progressive

    18 April 2014, 10:42 am by: Angie Schmitt

    The housing affordability crisis in cities like San Francisco is a big progressive cause. But not everyone agrees about what’s causing the problem, and that makes it harder to address. Alex Block at Network blog City Block has a good roundup of recent…
  • Targeted Spending Helps Boost Kansas City’s Walkability

    17 April 2014, 11:08 am by: Angie Schmitt

    The Alliance for Biking and Walking released a big new report yesterday that measures the nation’s progress on active transportation. There’s a ton of data to nerd out on, but one thing that might be particularly interesting to local advocates is that the…
  • Why a Portland Domino’s Started Delivering Pizza By Trike

    16 April 2014, 10:59 am by: Angie Schmitt

    As bicycling has come to account for a greater share of trips in Portland, the shift is also noticeable among deliveries and cargo hauling. While delivering pizza by bike is not exactly new, Michael Andersen at Bike Portland offers a great example of why it…
  • DC Inspires Bike Lane Envy With Curb-Protected Cycling

    15 April 2014, 11:06 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Here’s a good sign that protected bike lanes are here to stay in American cities: Cities are increasingly trading plastic bollards for concrete curbs, making the lanes a more permanent feature of the landscape. As I reported for People for Bikes last…
  • How Will a New FRA Rule Affect Commuter Rail?

    14 April 2014, 10:52 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Misguided safety rules from the Federal Railroad Administration are cited as the cause for all sorts of problems, from high-construction costs to pedestrian hazards to, ironically, worse safety outcomes. Which helps explain why Jarret Walker at Network blog…
  • DC-area Transportation is Not on Track to Meet Climate Change Goals

    11 April 2014, 11:43 am by: Angie Schmitt

    by Kelly Blynn The region’s governments area currently reviewing new transportation projects to add to their long-range plan. But the list of projects in the queue, if built, will increase carbon emissions rather than lower them. Right now, the National…
  • Wisconsin DOT Raises the Cost of Fighting Highway Projects

    11 April 2014, 11:15 am by: Angie Schmitt

    “Wasteful and unnecessary.” That’s how citizens of Waukesha and Washington counties in Wisconsin have described a state plan to fill in wetlands for an 18-mile road widening project on Highway 164. But the Highway J Citizens Coalition isn’t taking it…
  • Do Modern Churches Facilitate Isolation or Community?

    10 April 2014, 11:06 am by: Angie Schmitt

    The last few decades have been difficult on the neighborhood church. As population dispersed, many houses of worship built by tight-knit communities have given way to buildings surrounded by parking, so people can drive from miles away. Chuck Marohn of Strong…
  • The Fiscal Insanity of Highway Building

    9 April 2014, 11:27 am by: Angie Schmitt

    To peer inside the minds of highway builders, take a look at what’s happening in Dallas. Patrick Kennedy at Network blog Walkable Dallas Fort Worth has been poring over a 2007 document produced by regional planners at the North Central Texas Council of…
  • Missouri Anti-Bike Legislation Defeated!

    9 April 2014, 10:43 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Yesterday the move to cut bicycling from the state’s new transportation funding proposal was resoundingly defeated in the Missouri House of Representatives, thanks to strong support in both parties. As I made the rounds visiting legislators in the Capitol on…

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