Wednesday’s Headlines Look to the Future

New Orleans' Claiborne Expressway is ripe for demolition, says the Congress for New Urbanism. Image: CNU
New Orleans' Claiborne Expressway is ripe for demolition, says the Congress for New Urbanism. Image: CNU
  • Just as urban freeways destroyed and divided communities in the 1960s and ’70s, infrastructure decisions made today will reverberate for decades to come. (Urban Land Institute)
  • As the race to build out a nationwide EV charger network begins, federal officials are backtracking on the “buy American” requirement included in the 2021 infrastructure law. (Roll Call)
  • Electric vehicles are prone to go up in flames, creating a new challenge for fire departments. (Route Fifty)
  • Wakanda isn’t just the most advanced nation in the Marvel universe. It’s a model for real-life future cities. (CNN)
  • Austin is fast-tracking permitting for new bus and rail lines as part of Project Connect, its ambitious voter-approved transit plan. (Monitor)
  • Cambridge is the first city in Massachusetts to abolish parking mandates for new construction. (Harvard Crimson)
  • Denver’s Regional Transportation District is considering moving to low-floor rail cars that are easier to board for the disabled, people with strollers and others. (Colorado Public Radio)
  • Utah Gov. Spencer Cox is in favor of high-speed rail, but of course that depends on if funding is available. (KUER)
  • The relatively low number of cyclist deaths in Oklahoma City masks the city’s problem with crashes and even getting people on bikes in the first place. (Free Press)
  • Michigan should invest more in public transit to create a sense of place. (Advance)
  • Ridership on Detroit’s QLINE streetcar is rebounding. (Axios)
  • It sounds like a subplot from “Always Sunny,” but the actor who plays Dennis really did get his Tesla stuck in a parking garage because the car couldn’t connect to the internet. (Jalopnik)


DOT: Bergtraum to CUNY, Primeggia to Copenhagen

Department of Transportation First Deputy Commissioner Judith Bergtraum, a top aide to former commissioner Iris Weinshall, is leaving DOT for a job at the City University of New York where Weinshall is now a vice chancellor. As first reported by the Daily News’ Elizabeth Benjamin, DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan just returned from a quick trip […]

Talking Headways Podcast: Streets are Not Just Pipes

This week we’re joined by Miami of Ohio Geography Professor David Prytherch. Prytherch chats with us about his recent journal article in Urban Geography: "Reimagining the physical/social infrastructure of the American street."  We talk about businesses' newfound interest in the street, equity and ethical discussions about rights to the street, and the new pandemic paradigm of "open streets."

New House Jobs Bill Dominated by Direct Aid to Cities

Soon after the Senate signed off yesterday on a $150 billion package of tax extenders and unemployment benefits that was promoted as a job-creation measure — a bill that lacked dedicated new funding for transportation — Democrats on the House education and labor committee were releasing their own jobs legislation. The House proposal also lacks […]

Leinberger: Infrastructure Bank the Right Prescription for Ailing Economy

Between the punditry and horse race tracking that pass for modern reporting, we haven’t seen much thoughtful analysis of what effects President Obama’s $50 billion infrastructure plan might have on the anemic economy. While specifics of the proposal are still forthcoming, land use expert Christopher Leinberger of the Brookings Institution says a national infrastructure bank […]