Today’s Headlines

  • Republican Presidential Hopeful Pawlenty Wants to Privatize Amtrak (The Hill)
  • Public Pays the Price for Privatizing Infrastructure (Politico)
  • Google Robot Cars Would Promote Sprawl (Fast Company)
  • NRDC’s Kaid Benfield: City of Detroit isn’t Shrinking, ‘Right-size’ the Suburbs (Grist)
  • Corporations Realizing Best & Brightest Don’t Want to Work in Suburbs (The New Republic)
  • New Book Tells the Secret History of America’s Interstate Highway System (Infrastructurist)
  • DC Commuter Ferry Service Struggles to Stay Afloat (Washington Post)
  • Sprawl Lobby Still Trying to Make DC Look Like Houston (Greater Greater Washington)
  • China Set to Lap USA with High Speed Rail (Baltimore Sun)

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Is “Sprawl Repair” Worth It?

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Transforming the territory of strip malls and big boxes into walkable places is a hot topic, exemplified by the popular book “Retrofitting Suburbia.” But is it worth the time, money, and effort? Robert Steuteville of Better! Cities & Towns writes that architect Kevin Klinkenberg and development expert Lee Sobel raised the question at this year’s Congress for the […]

Zoning Reform Will Boost Housing Affordability and Walkability in D.C.

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A change to D.C.’s zoning code will allow homeowners to build and rent out a basement apartment, or an apartment over the garage, without the long, expensive hassle of obtaining special permission. Advocates in many high-rent cities, like Austin, have fought for this kind of legislation. It not only helps alleviate the housing crunch, it also creates better […]

Planning Director Claims 6,600-Home Development on Farmland Isn’t Sprawl

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Building 6,600 homes on farmland outside city boundaries? Some might consider that the very definition of sprawl. But leaders in the Fresno region beg to differ. James Sinclair at Network blog Stop and Move reports that Norm Allinder, the planning director for Madera County, told the Fresno Bee that such a development “doesn’t perpetuate the legacy of sprawl,” because it […]

Filling in the Void Left Behind By Sprawl and Abandonment

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The Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference wrapped up in Cleveland on Friday. It brought hundreds of people together to strategize a way out of the state of abandonment so many urban areas are in. Vacant properties are a symptom of greater social ills: abandonment of cities, poverty, and sprawl. In many places, the foreclosure crisis has […]

Fifteen Is Serene: DC Considers 15 MPH Speed Limits

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Here’s what’s happening around the Streetsblog Network today: DC Considering 15 MPH Speed Limit on Residential Streets: You’ve heard of the “20’s Plenty” campaign? Well Washington DC will (possibly) do you one better. According to a report from Network blog Greater Greater Washington, the city is considering reducing the speed limit to 15 miles per […]