Tuesday’s Headlines Want to Go Back in Time

A street in 1920s Los Angeles. Credit: Metro Library and Archive
A street in 1920s Los Angeles. Credit: Metro Library and Archive
  • A hundred years ago, as traffic deaths soared to record numbers just like today, cities held drivers accountable and built monuments to dead pedestrians. Then the auto industry started a wildly successful campaign to reframe the issue and usher in an era of streets for cars only. (City Lab)
  • Ezra Klein follows up a recent column about Democrats’ unwillingness to tackle big issues with big actions by citing a case study: New York dragging its feet on congestion pricing. (NY Times)
  • Summers in the U.S. are hotter than ever, almost two degrees warmer than in 1970. (The Guardian)
  • Opposition to the Blue Line is building in the Minneapolis suburbs. (Star Tribune)
  • Cambridge was the first U.S. city to mandate building separated bike lanes during road construction, and now a group of residents and business owners is challenging the law in court. (Boston Globe)
  • More than 15 years after settling a class-action lawsuit, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority still has a long ways to go to make transit handicapped-accessible. (Boston Herald)
  • San Jose has an oversupply of parking and is considering eliminating parking minimums for new developments. (Mercury News)
  • San Diego approved a high-rise with 443 units and just 52 parking spaces. (Fox 5)
  • The D.C. region’s popular Capitol Crescent biking trail badly needs a tunnel under Wisconsin Avenue. (Washington Post)
  • Richmond is asking for public comment on where to put new bike lanes. (WRIC)
  • Boulder is focusing its transportation efforts on the corridors where crashes are most common. (Colorado Daily)
  • A Columbia, Missouri, grassroots organization is building support for safer streets. (KMIZ)
  • False teeth, an antique cane with a sword inside, a painting of Kung Fu Panda and a bucket of slime are among the items passengers left in Uber cars last year. (Newsweek)

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