Today’s Headlines

  • Shutdown Averted: Billions for Transportation Will Be Cut (The Hill)
  • EPA Riders Eliminated During Budget Deal (Politico)
  • Gas Prices on Path for an All-Time High (CNN)
  • Double Beltways for DC Would Have Meant Double Sprawl (Transpo Nation)
  • Facebook Goes Suburban With Move to Menlo Park (Grist)
  • Study: High Asthma Rates Near Ports in California (NRDC)
  • Exurbs Hammered: The End of Sprawl? (Star Tribune)
  • Should Parking Be Regulated by the Government? (Cato Unbound)
  • Personal Rapid Transport Is Not Reality-Based (BeyondDC)
  • CaBi Stations Coming Soon to Arlington (ARLnow)

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Sprawl Costs the Public More Than Twice as Much as Compact Development

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How much more does it cost the public to build infrastructure and provide services for sprawling development compared to more compact neighborhoods? A lot more, according to this handy summary from the Canadian environmental think tank Sustainable Prosperity. To create this graphic, the organization synthesized a study by the Halifax Regional Municipality [PDF] in Nova Scotia, […]

What Else Could Cities Do With the Space Devoted to Cars?

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Steve Mouzon’s aerial comparison of an Atlanta interchange to the center of Florence has a lot of people thinking about the sheer amount of space that gets sacrificed to make room for cars in our cities. Darin at ATL Urbanist is thinking about how much space within Atlanta’s Fairlie-Poplar neighborhood, where he lives, is devoted to car […]

What Else Could Cities Do With the Space Devoted to Cars?

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Steve Mouzon’s aerial comparison of an Atlanta interchange to the center of Florence has a lot of people thinking about the sheer amount of space that gets sacrificed to make room for cars in our cities. Darin at ATL Urbanist is thinking about how much space within Atlanta’s Fairlie-Poplar neighborhood, where he lives, is devoted to car […]

Obama’s National Transportation Plan Includes Bicycling & Walking

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Democratic front runner Barack Obama just released a campaign "Fact Sheet" entitled, "Strengthening America’s Transportation Infrastructure" (download it). While Hillary Clinton has put forward some outstanding and heavily transit-oriented plans of her own, Obama appears to be the first major party presidential candidate to outline a national transportation platform that explicitly seeks to "create policies […]

New Video Series Tells the Story of Sprawl

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As livable streets advocates work to make headway in breaking the cycle of American auto dependence, the folks at Planetizen have put together a video narrative that explains how we got here. "The Story of Sprawl," a double DVD set produced by Managing Editor Tim Halbur, is a compilation of historical films dating from 1939 […]

As Transit Is Gutted in Orange County, Freeways Set to Expand

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Communities around the country are bracing for the impact of fare hikes and transit cuts, as jury-rigged funding mechanisms for vital local transportation systems crumble under the strain of the weakening economy. You already know about the MTA’s woes in New York City; today, the Times had a report about the 75 percent fare increase […]