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  • Why People Who Love Nature Should Live Apart From It

    23 July 2014, 10:49 am by: Angie Schmitt

    If you care about the natural environment, where should you live? Surrounding yourself with the trappings of nature, writes Shane Phillips at Better Institutions today, is a far cry from respecting and protecting the wilderness:  Much like the flower, for…
  • Senate Poised to take up House Plan to Patch Highway Trust Fund

    23 July 2014, 10:16 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Sometime this week the Senate is expected to take up and vote on the House’s bill to postpone the insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund until May of 2015 via an array of accounting maneuvers to cover ten months of transportation funding. Last week, the…
  • America’s Myopic Public Debate About Tolling Roads

    22 July 2014, 10:52 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Seattle is getting ready to embark on a construction project that will put the squeeze on a few of its major highways. This event, ironically, served as a jumping off point for local media to indignantly demand a tolling “holiday” on the SR 520 floating…
  • Will Texas DOT Gouge Another Highway Through Dallas?

    21 July 2014, 11:09 am by: Angie Schmitt

    The Trinity Toll Road embodies Texas’s destructive compulsion for expanding highways. The proposed $1.3 billion highway project will likely increase sprawl and weaken central Dallas. It’s part of a $5 billion package of road projects to ostensibly reduce…
  • We Need a New Term to Describe Uber and Lyft

    18 July 2014, 10:55 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Companies like Uber and Lyft make any car owner a potential paid chauffeur, and their services are increasingly widespread in American cities. So what should we call these new companies? Abigail Zenner at Greater Greater Washington says the current…
  • St. Louis to Pedestrians: Drop Dead

    17 July 2014, 11:09 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Here’s a great example of the wrong way to handle a tricky pedestrian crossing in your town. At the request of a local hospital, the city of St. Louis recently removed a frequently-used crosswalk for at least the next two years, apparently in conjunction…
  • Connecting Detroit Neighborhoods With Better Streets and Public Spaces

    16 July 2014, 10:53 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Can safer streets and livelier public spaces help knit Detroit back together? The Michigan Municipal League thinks so, and it is working hard to show southeast Michigan how. Recently the organization teamed up with some partners to address a problem area in…
  • Fixing One of Florida’s Deadly Roads With a Protected Bikeway

    15 July 2014, 10:40 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Our friends at Transit Miami have been writing for years about the horrible conditions on the Rickenbacker Causeway, a key transportation link for the city. In 2010, they wrote that, without any intervention, the car-centric design would continue to cause loss…
  • Misplaced Priorities: Spending $20 Million for 1,200 Drivers

    14 July 2014, 10:43 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Even a lot of routine road projects don’t make much sense when you apply a little critical analysis. Here’s a great example from the Minneapolis area, via Matthias Leyrer at Network blog Streets.mn. Minnesota DOT is gearing up to pour $20 million into a…
  • Denver’s Big Opportunity for World-Class Streets

    11 July 2014, 10:57 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Just a few months ago, Denver opened its first protected bike lane on 15th Street. But was that a one-off project or will the Mile High City change the way it designs streets citywide? The city’s approach to the redesign of Broadway will give a pretty strong…

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