The 15-minute city is a laudable goal, but a challenging one to achieve. Will Americans really walk a mile to the bank, install the vast bike infrastructure necessary or pour money into transit? (Governing)
Uber and Lyft drivers went on strike Wednesday, demanding better pay and working conditions. (CBS News)
City Lab interviews Venezuelan architect Alfredo Brillembourg, whose transformations of urban slums worldwide could hold the key to designing cities of the future.
After heavy lobbying by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Washington, D.C. regional planning board is bringing back $11 billion express lanes along the Beltway. (Washington Post)
A newly unveiled plan would connect all of Franklin County, Ohio, using hundreds of miles of trails and waterways. (Columbus Dispatch)
The Twin Cities’ Southwest Light Rail project is years behind schedule and hundreds of millions of dollars over budget. (MinnPost)
Massachusetts announced $6 million in funding for 18 Complete Streets projects. (Boston Herald)
Declining transit ridership between Vancouver, Washington, and Portland led the conservative Washington Policy Center to question whether a new I-5 bridge over the Columbia River needs light rail, or whether bus rapid transit is a better option.
East Providence decided to remove a bike lane just one week after it was built because drivers kept going the wrong way. (WJAR)
A newly retired Portland transportation employee used scrap materials to make creative sharrows for the city’s bike lanes. (Willamette Week)
Toronto fumbled on creating a more walkable, connected city when city leaders chose not to tear down the Gardiner East elevated waterfront highway. Mayor John Tory said it was important to rebuild the Gardiner “to keep congestion under control,” even though experience suggests traffic would have returned to its former levels as drivers adjusted to the […]
Late last year Congress finally moved to boost the maximum commuter tax benefit for transit riders to the same level that car commuters receive. That means transit riders can buy up to $255 in fares each month with pre-tax income, just like drivers can pay for $255 in parking expenses with pre-tax income. Great news, right? Well, it’s definitely a step in […]
It’s hard to imagine, but at one point not that long ago, cities in America were at an inflection point. In the early part of the last century, the first signs of motorization and sprawl were just appearing. But not everyone was convinced that the crabgrass frontier was inevitable. At The Urbanist, Stephen Fesler points […]
The way we move around is shaped by many factors — the physical environment, culture, technology, and economic status, to name a few. A new report from the engineering firm Arup, “Cities Alive: Towards a Walking World,” looks at how motorized cities can become walkable again. Brandon Donnelly at Network blog Architect This City lifted this image from the […]
How many jobs are within a 10-minute walk of your home? How about 20 minutes? Chances are, there’s a lot more if you live in Philadelphia than in Memphis. A new study [PDF] from the University of Minnesota ranks the 50 largest metro areas in America according to the accessibility of jobs by walking. Using “detailed […]
In last week’s Washington Post, Roger K. Lewis, an architect and professor at the University of Maryland, wrote an intriguing column suggesting that it’s time for a big rethink of the concept of zoning, which he says is a relic of the early 20th century: Zoning conventions are no longer conventional. Land-use regulation is still needed, but […]