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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Suburban Poverty and the Transit Connection

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Today on the Streetsblog Network, Yonah Freemark of The Transport Politic looks at the new Brookings Institution report on suburban poverty levels and the connection to future transportation planning in those regions. Freemark, who recently wrote about how the city of Paris is extending its transit infrastructure to its traditionally lower-income suburbs, points out that […]

The Urban Core as Regional Economic Indicator

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The importance of core urban areas to a region’s economy is the subject of a post today from the always thoughtful Aaron Renn, who blogs at The Urbanophile. Renn examines data that suggest job growth (or decline) in a metro region’s core counties is a good indicator for the overall health of those regions. Renn […]

The Suburbs Aren’t Dying — They’re Growing Differently

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Cross-posted from the Frontier Group. Sommer Mathis said much of what needed to be said about the recent round of “the suburbs are back, baby!” stories on housing trends, including this analysis from Jed Kolko, housing economist at Trulia.com, and the related commentary from Matt Yglesias at Vox. Mathis argues that the concept of a battle for supremacy between cities and […]