Today’s Headlines

  • LaHood Joins Axelrod’s Political Think Tank (The Hill)
  • The World of the Self-Driving Car: Urban Parks or Suburban Sprawl? (NYT)
  • How the Feds Used to Do Urban Revitalization: Tear Down Housing, Build a Parking Lot (WaPo)
  • Meanwhile, in LA, They Tore Down a Parking Lot and Made a Park (Urban Times)
  • Fortune Editor Foretells the End of the Suburbs
  • Is There a Right to Walkability? In India? (Atlantic CitiesHuman Transit)
  • Read the Fine Print: Bike Portland Finds $42 Million for Bike/Ped in New Legislation
  • New Development Plan for DC’s Takoma Park Metro Is Way Better Than Virginia Stations (GGW, RPUS)


Trading Parking Spaces for Park Space

What comes to mind when you think of your favorite park? A shady lagoon? A scenic path? Or is it a soccer field perfectly suited for an after-work pick-up game? Whatever the appeal, chances are it’s not the availability of parking. In fact, according to Peter Harnik at City Parks Blog, many of the country’s […]

Chicago’s Parking Requirements Are an Out-of-Date Relic

The good news: Demand for parking spaces is down among residents of central Chicago. But here’s the bad news: The city of Chicago still requires lots of parking. That hurts everyone, whether they live in those buildings or not, says Ryan Richter at new Network blog Transport Nexus: At Lakeshore East, a development of mixed […]

Goodbye Downtown New Haven Highway, Hello 1,300 Parking Spaces?

Advocates for livable streets in New Haven have high hopes for the Downtown Crossing/Route 34 West projects, made possible by a highway teardown that will open 16 acres of prime, center-city land. But the opportunity to create a better connected, more people-friendly place is off to a disappointing start. Last week, the New Haven Board […]

How the Accommodations We Make for Cars Impose Huge Costs on Cities

Wide highways, big parking lots, dangerous intersections designed for speed — there are a lot of downsides to all this car-centric infrastructure, including the way it saps the fiscal health of cities. Bill Lindeke at Network blog lists seven, from the erosion of the local tax base due to land consumed for highways to public health costs in the form of […]