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)

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