Talking Headways Podcast: The Mayors of Innovation

This week’s podcast features mayors of three major American cities discussing transportation and “innovation.” Libby Schaaf of Oakland, Bill Peduto of Pittsburgh, and Michael Hancock of Denver shared the stage at September’s Rail~volution conference for a panel moderated by Maurice Jones of LISC. Their wide-ranging conversation touched on civic-focused non-profits, public-private partnerships, neighborhood pressures, and resilience.

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Setbacks and Victories For Urbanism in Yesterday’s Mayoral Races

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Mayoral elections broke both ways for livability in American cities yesterday: The results of some may slow progress on transit and street safety, while one-midsized city elected an executive who campaigned strongly on light rail expansion and bikeability. The biggest story was Cincinnati’s mayoral race, where Queen City voters backed Democrat John Cranley by a […]
What's keeping cities from rolling out changes like this faster? NACTO wants to know. Photo: Nathan Roseberry (CDOT) via NACTO/Flickr

NACTO Wants to Find Out How Cities Can Design Better Streets, Faster

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The National Association of City Transportation Officials, representing more than 50 urban transportation departments across the United States, is known for street design guides that prioritize walking, bicycling, and transit. Now the organization is turning its attention to the nuts-and-bolts of how city bureaucracies can implement these designs in a timely manner, so meaningful change can happen within our lifetimes.