Today’s Headlines

  • Lawsuit Filed to Stop Albuquerque Bus Rapid Transit, Construction Slated to Start August 1 (NextCity)
  • Downtown LA Streetcar to Average Just 6 MPH (LAist)
  • City Observatory: Share Price of Urban Living on the Rise
  • Insurance Industry Alarmingly Clueless About Pedestrian Safety (Claims Journal)
  • Will the People Who Need Transit Most Be Pushed Away in Seattle? (The Stranger)
  • Boulder, Colorado: Another City That Has Created an Affordable Housing Crisis (Forbes)
  • At 60, Interstate Highway System Facing Big Challenges (Wired)
  • CityLab: Don’t Worry, Google Isn’t Going to Take Over Public Transport in Columbus
  • A Mixed-Use Meijer Store in Grand Rapids (
  • BlueFairlane

    Re: Boulder, Colorado.

    Any assessment of growth potential in communities along the Front Range needs to take into account the availability of water. Boulder takes its water primarily from three sources. Two reservoirs fed by snow melt and mountain glaciers account for 80% of Boulder’s water. The other fifth comes from the already far over-taxed Colorado River across the Divide. The city believes that at current population levels, its water system can be depended on for 19 out of 20 years, which is to say it expects cyclical drought to cause severe water shortages five times a century. This doesn’t take the unpredictability of climate change into account. If Boulder were to experience significant population growth, it would have to take water from someplace else, and that’s not an easy task in a state where every drop is committed and everybody wants more.

    Boulder’s regulatory structure may not look pretty to an Eastern urbanist, but it helps the city avoid a crippling water crisis down the line.


Without Transit, American Cities Would Take Up 37 Percent More Space

Even if you never set foot on a bus or a train, chances are transit is saving you time and money. The most obvious reason is that transit keeps cars off the road, but the full explanation is both less intuitive and more profound: Transit shrinks distances between destinations, putting everything within closer reach. A new study published by the Transportation Research Board quantifies […]

The Promise of Expanding Atlanta Transit Inside the City Limits

It looked like the Atlanta region’s ambitious transit plans might have been thwarted late last month when state lawmakers shot down a bill to allow Fulton, Clayton, and DeKalb counties to hold ballot measures potentially raising $8 billion to expand MARTA. But maybe that was a blessing in disguise. Transit expansion plans for Atlanta are moving ahead […]

It’s OK to Build Transit-Oriented Development Before Transit

Which should come first: transit or transit-oriented development? Streetsblog San Francisco reported Monday that residents of Mountain View, California, are trying to figure out how to accommodate thousands of tech employees without overwhelming local transportation infrastructure. One-fourth of all workers in Mountain View travel to and from an office district that houses Google, LinkedIn, and […]