A Comic Take on The Sustainability of The Word “Sustainable”

From brainy web comic XKCD:

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Personal note: Between the time I matriculated at graduate school and the time I finished, the word “sustainable” had been added to my official concentration.


A Lesson in Heading Off Anti-Reform Rhetoric

To opponents of sustainable transportation, incremental reforms designed to level the playing field between cars and other modes of transportation can too easily be seen — or characterized — as a plot to take away their vehicles and homes in the suburbs. For a particularly apt example, look no further than Fred Barnes’ recent article […]

PlanNYC 2030: What makes a Community Sustainable?

A few weeks ago I attended the first of the Community Leader meetings for the PlanNYC 2030 Sustainability initiative. I thought Streetsblog readers might be interested in some reflections on this from a neighborhood environmentalist perspective. All and all, I’m extremely happy that this initiative is moving forward and the city is starting to take a long term […]

Caption Contest: A Bench for Adrenaline Junkies

A bench placed 4-feet from a 6-lane, 60 mph design speed #stroad with a high speed turning radius #UrbanZenpic.twitter.com/BRFglnvKN7 — Kostelec Planning (@KostelecPlan) February 25, 2016 It’s time for another caption contest! This oddly placed bench at the intersection of Patton Avenue (US74) and Florida Avenue in Asheville, North Carolina, offers the kind of view […]

Today’s Headlines

Ahmedabad, India, wins the Sustainable Transport Award from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (Express) Freight rail industry has a mixed reaction to LaHood’s revamp of transit funding rules (Fleet Owner) Why are politicians always so scared of the word "tax"? A scientific explanation (MoJo Blog) Amtrak to add free wi-fi on the Acela […]

Greater Cleveland in Denial About Its Downfall: Sprawl

Perhaps you’ve heard about Cleveland’s terrible vacancy problem, generally attributed to the decline of the manufacturing industry. But it’s not so simple. The greater Cleveland area shed just 2.5 percent of its population during the most recent census period. Meanwhile, the city of Cleveland proper lost a staggering 17 percent of its population over the […]