Talking Headways Podcast: Can All Cities Be Great?

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The guest this episode is Alexander Garvin, author of the recently released book What Makes a Great City. We chat about why people are an important factor in building cities and taking pictures; Houston’s Post Oak Boulevard is going to show up Chicago, San Francisco, and New York’s best streets; and Alexander’s heroes, from Edmund Bacon to Haussmann to Robert Moses.

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Talking Headways Podcast: Knight Rider Rides Again

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It was a dark and stormy day in San Francisco and Jeff Wood stayed dry in Woonerf studios, recording the Talking Headways podcast with co-host Tanya Snyder, who was bitter that days after the spring equinox, Washington, DC, was getting hit with another snowstorm. But more importantly — what does the future hold after a […]

America’s Least Wanted Highways

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The Congress for New Urbanism released a highly entertaining top ten list today: the North American highways most in need of demolition. At the top is Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct, a structurally damaged elevated highway that, if removed, would free up 335 acres of public land by Elliott Bay. New York’s Sheridan Expressway, which traverses […]

Tilting at Windmills in Minnesota

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The difficulty of changing our ingrained daily habits — even for our own good, not the health of the planet — is the subject of today’s post from Streetsblog Network member Twin City Sidewalks. The blog’s author, Bill Lindeke, writes about the recently concluded "Blue Zones" project that was conducted in Albert Lea, Minnesota, under […]

Today’s Headlines

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How Equity Can Factor Into Downtown Revitalization (Next City) Seattle’s the First U.S. City to Let Uber, Lyft Drivers Unionize (Seattle Times) In The Hill, Former Transpo Secretaries Praise Bipartisan Bill Connecticut Plays Key Role in Amtrak’s Scheme to Modernize (Hartford Courant) Downtown Chicago Gets Its First BRT Corridor Next Week (Streetsblog Chicago) U.S. Sees […]

Many Americans Live Near Transit, But Few Live Close to Good Transit

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This chart tells an eye-opening story about access to transit in the United States. Using the new data tool AllTransit, TransitCenter dug into who has access to transit in American cities, making a crucial distinction between residents near any transit whatsoever and residents with access to convenient, frequently running service. The analysis encompassed the nation’s 25 largest cities and […]