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Friday’s Headlines Smile for the Camera

A nationwide push for camera policing, a takedown of congestion pricing skeptics, and more.

12:01 AM EDT on July 21, 2023

  • Cities are increasingly turning to cameras for traffic enforcement, despite concerns about surveillance and racial equity, because they've been proven to reduce speeding and red-light running (Smart Cities Dive). Seattle, with its short-staffed police department, is one city that's pushing for more automated enforcement (The Urbanist).
  • A Planetizen columnist knocks down the idea that congestion pricing will make downtowns less appealing.
  • There are ten options on the table for I-94 in Minneapolis, including repairing the freeway as-is, expanding it or turning it into a boulevard. (Star Tribune)
  • Seattle's city engineer was recently promoted to the newly created position of chief transportation safety officer in charge of implementing Vision Zero. (KIRO)
  • Oklahoma City adopted a Vision Zero policy. (Journal Record)
  • Tired of being in the top 10 for pedestrian deaths, Jacksonville Mayor Donna Deegan wants to nearly double the city budget for sidewalks and crosswalks. (First Coast News)
  • A rezoning to promote walkable businesses will accompany Denver's new East Colfax bus rapid transit line. (Denverite)
  • California cities are falling behind on complete streets compared to cities in such unlikely places as Texas and Louisiana. (CalBikes)
  • Golf cart-driving residents of suburban Pasco County, Florida, will soon have a place to cross one of the most dangerous highways in the U.S. (Tampa Bay Times)
  • Cobb County in suburban Atlanta is considering a new transit hub. (Marietta Daily Journal)
  • The Portugese city of Porto is limiting cars in the city center and building 30 kilometers of bike and pedestrian paths. (The Portugal News)
  • Just weeks after announcing a reversal of Madrid's low-emissions zones, the city's new right-wing government asked people to stop driving during the current heatwave. (Reuters)

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