Tuesday’s Headlines Believe the Children Are Our Future

Photo:  Bike Portland
Photo: Bike Portland
  • After years of losing riders to Uber and Lyft, taxis are making a comeback by embracing apps and mobile payment. But drivers still face challenges from COVID and medallion costs. (Next City)
  • Quick-build projects can big a big difference, and gentrification fears shouldn’t be an excuse not to invest in communities. Those were two takeaways from a Smart Growth America equity summit.
  • Artificial intelligence could help create more equitable congestion pricing systems. (Route 50)
  • CityLab profiles the young climate activists fighting the I-5 expansion in Portland’s Rose Quarter, who won a couple of recent victory when the feds rescinded environmental approval (BikePortland) and Oregon DOT officials said the project is facing a $500 million shortfall (Oregonian).
  • Remote work is devastating New York commuter rail, with ticket sales down 75 percent. (NY Times)
  • A Massachusetts bill would force 175 suburban Boston cities to build hundreds of thousands of new apartments near transit stops. (Slate)
  • It’s time for Austin to end minimum parking requirements citywide. (Towers)
  • Drivers have already killed five cyclists and pedestrians in Montgomery County, Maryland, this year, denoting a lack of progress on Vision Zero. (Bethesda Magazine)
  • Residents are also demanding safer streets in Nashville, where drivers killed 39 pedestrians in 2020, 37 last year and three already in 2022. (WSMV)
  • In Omaha, drivers have sent 13 pedestrians to the hospital in January. (KETV)
  • Cincinnati officials are considering turning a proposed multi-use path into a protected bike lane to free up money for other bike projects. (WCPO)
  • Asheville is spending $2.8 million to build nearly a mile of new sidewalk. (WLOS)


Real Estate Trend: Parking-Free Apartment Buildings

A wave of new residential construction projects in places like Seattle, Boston, and Miami are showing that, yes, modern American cities can build housing without any car parking on site. Officials in Boston gave their approval last week to what Curbed called the city’s “first big-time parking-less condo,” a 175-unit project named Lovejoy Wharf. The “plan was met with […]