Talking Headways Podcast: Climbing the Ladder Together

This week we’re joined by Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone. Somerville is an inner suburb of Boston and highly walkable, and the city is currently working on plans for transit-oriented development around the Green Line Extension.

Mayor Curtatone talks about how that effort is progressing and can be recreated in the future, and how the city has transformed yet maintained its unique character over his 14 years in office.

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Today’s Headlines

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Time Runs Out for Transit Commuter Tax Benefit (Gov Exec, Chicago Trib) Cincinnati Mayor: Transit Agency Can’t Pay for Streetcar (Cincinnati Enquirer) Connecticut Panel Looks at Metro North Issues (AP) Home Buyers Prioritize Walkability (Better Cities and Towns) Austin Follows Houston’s Lead and Preps Bike-Share Launch (Houston Chron) Amtrak to End Refunds for No-Shows (The […]

Talking Headways Podcast: The Urban Policy Translator

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This week we’re joined by Shelley Poticha, director of NRDC’s Urban Solutions Program, who tells us about the organization's new programs like SPARCC and the City Energy Project. We get into federal policy like the Clean Power Plan and the story of how FTA and HUD were finally connected, and we talk about The Next American Metropolis, the 1993 book about transit-oriented development she wrote with Peter Calthorpe.

Phoenix Light Rail Beats Projections, and the Mayor Wants More

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Can Phoenix become a transit city? It’s looking like more and more of a possibility lately. Phoenix’s Metro light rail system is less than six years old but has already surpassed ridership projections for 2020. The system is carrying 48,000 passengers a day, or 22,000 more than initially projected, according to the Arizona Republic. Extensions of the system, […]

Today’s Headlines

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As He Plans for “Year of Action,” Obama Heads to St. Paul to Talk Transpo (AP, Jamestown Sun) California Bullet Train Gets Funding Extension (AP) C40 Mayors Look at Challenges for Sustainable Cities (Green Biz) $1.9B Federal Loan Moves Forward for Dulles Rail Project (Patch, WaPo) Now Half Complete, L.A.’s Gold Line Extension Expected to Spur Development […]