All Monday’s Headlines Are Local

  • The Washington Post profiles all the players in the infrastructure fight.
  • San Francisco, New York City and Chicago have the heftiest parking fines in the country. (Route Fifty)
  • A safety crisis and then the pandemic threatened the D.C. Metro, one of the best transit systems in the U.S., but its regional partners are banding together to save it. (Governing)
  • Major opposition to Phoenix light rail has come from small business owners who fret about the impact from construction. The city now has a program to help them. (Next City)
  • A new report says that Houston needs better transit service despite lower ridership. (Chronicle)
  • Streetsblog California editors Joe Linton and Roger Rudick took a tour of high-speed rail construction.
  • Streetsblog Chicago editor John Greenfield writes in the Reader that Chicago has a chance to create a citywide network of protected bike lanes, but only if it abandons its incrementalist approach.
  • New York City’s bike-share reduced oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by thousands of tons. (Axios)
  • Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe isn’t happy that the House hasn’t passed the infrastructure bill yet. (The Hill)
  • Three candidates for Atlanta mayor are in favor of transit along the Beltline, a trail on an abandoned railbed that loops around the city. (WABE)
  • A new Spokane bus loop has been delayed until 2023. (Spokesman-Review)
  • Rhode Island has ordered Providence to stop work on a bike lane or pay $4.4 million. (Westerly Sun)
  • Orlando is partnering with NASA and a German company to facilitate oversized drones. (Sentinel)
  • Philadelphia’s “streeteries” show that businesses benefit when streets are reclaimed for people. (WHYY)
  • Grand Rapids is halfway towards its goal of 12,000 downtown residents by 2025. (MLive)
  • Cleveland is creating a Vision Zero plan. (Spectrum News)
  • Tik Tok, the favored social media app of Gen Z, is bringing attention to Denver’s busted sidewalks. (5280)
  • More drivers are complying with London’s ban on polluting vehicles in the city center. (Smart Cities World)


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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 […]