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  • The Small Indiana City That’s Embracing Livable Streets

    29 August 2014, 11:27 am by: Angie Schmitt

    With a population of about 60,000 and a formerly industrial economy, Kokomo, Indiana, is not the type of city that recent economic trends have favored. But Aaron Renn at the Urbanophile says the city has embraced some tenets of urbanism as an economic and…
  • Boosting Transit Ridership With New Stations, Not New Track

    28 August 2014, 10:37 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Yonah Freemark at the Transport Politic calls them infill stations: new transit stops built in gaps along existing rail lines. Current examples include Assembly Station just outside Boston in Somerville, DC’s NoMa Station, and the West Dublin/Pleasanton…
  • Downtown Houston Will Get Its First Protected Bike Lane

    27 August 2014, 10:48 am by: Angie Schmitt

    A piece of top-notch bike infrastructure is coming to the largest city in Texas. That’s the word today from Kevin McNally at Houston Tomorrow, who relays the news that a two-way protected bike lane is on tap for downtown: The City of Houston will install the…
  • Washingtonians Want Safe and Healthy Routes to Schools

    27 August 2014, 10:07 am by: Angie Schmitt

    New statewide polling shows strong support for state investments in Safe and Healthy Routes to Schools According to a new statewide poll 88% of likely 2014 Washington voters polled say that we should plan our communities and schools to make sure children can…
  • New Parking in Seattle Comes With a Side of Mixed-Use Development

    26 August 2014, 11:23 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Part of the promise of Seattle’s Link light rail was its potential to create walkable places in the sprawling Rainier Valley. And that’s starting to happen, locals report, but developers are getting some important things wrong. The proposed mixed-use…
  • Michigan’s First Bus Rapid Transit Line Launches Today in Grand Rapids

    26 August 2014, 11:06 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Michigan‘s first bus rapid transit line launches this week, whisking passengers from downtown Grand Rapids through the city’s “Medical Mile” and south suburbs—a 9.6-mile journey that used to take 45 minutes will now be only a 27-minute…
  • It’s Time to Rethink Old Stereotypes About Renters

    25 August 2014, 11:00 am by: Angie Schmitt

    For a long time, renters have been thought of as a destabilizing force in urban areas. Federal housing policy encourages people to make the jump to homeownership in part because officials believe it will give people a larger stake in their neighborhoods and…
  • Transit Adjacent Development isn’t Transit Oriented Development

    25 August 2014, 10:39 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Recently the Daily Journal of Commerce wrote about a new project proposed near Link’s Othello Station at 7301 and 7343 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S.: The largest of the three buildings would be at the corner of Othello and MLK Way. The six-story…
  • Could DC Add Bike Lanes to Its Traffic Circles?

    22 August 2014, 11:06 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Roundabouts can have big safety and environmental benefits, but can they be adapted to be great places for bicycling as well? “DC’s big traffic circles are notoriously difficult places to bike,” writes Dan Malouff at BeyondDC. “They have multiple lanes…
  • Sioux Falls Builds Sidewalk-Free School, Tries to Stop Kids From Walking

    21 August 2014, 11:43 am by: Angie Schmitt

    Stories like this one help explain why we have a childhood obesity epidemic in the United States. Network blog the MinusCar Project reports that a new school recently opened in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, along two busy thoroughfares that have no sidewalks.…

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