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Friday’s Headlines Are Getting a Jump on Holiday Shopping

Business owners think their sales will nosedive if the city takes away parking. But often, the opposite is true.

12:01 AM EDT on November 3, 2023

  • Contrary to many shop owners' fears, getting rid of on-street parking can actually attract more shoppers rather than drive them away. (Business Insider)
  • Whether it's fares or sales taxes, transit agencies rely too much on one source of revenue, making them susceptible to a "fiscal cliff" like the one many are facing now, according to a new Urban Institute report. They need to find more diverse sources of funding, as well as ways to shore up their workforces. (Route Fifty, Transit Center, Streetsblog USA)
  • The new book "Justice and the Interstates: The Racist Truth About Urban Highways" explores how redlining, single-family zoning and federal highway spending conspired to destroy Black neighborhoods. (Arch Daily)
  • Cities should be building infrastructure and writing regulations to support the growing cargo-bike delivery business. (Government Technology)
  • The U.S. DOT awarded $82 million in grants for safe streets planning and quick-build projects to 235 communities. (Smart Cities Dive)
  • The League of American Bicyclists has named 39 universities as bicycle-friendly for 2023. (Momentum Mag)
  • New digital tools make it easier to envision what landscapes look like without cars. (Forbes)
  • Baltimore's Red Line would take six to 12 years and cost $2 billion to $7 billion to build, depending on whether it's light rail or bus rapid transit and how much drilling is involved. (Maryland Daily Record)
  • Despite the statistics saying Memphis is a dangerous place to bike, avid cyclists say Bluff City has a growing bike culture, poor infrastructure and humidity notwithstanding. (Commercial Appeal)
  • A city audit found that San Diego is severely underfunding Vision Zero projects. (KPBS)
  • Texas state police are severely underreporting the role of drugs and alcohol in fatal crashes, according to an Austin Vision Zero report. (CBS Austin)
  • Removing the Metro from Met Council oversight wouldn't necessarily improve governance of the Twin Cities transit agency. (MinnPost)
  • Amazon's hometown of Seattle is looking at digitizing parking in part to curb delivery trucks. (Axios)
  • The Tennessee DOT is trying to make road-work zones safer. (Nashville Scene)
  • The Cincinnati suburb of Dayton, Kentucky, has a new "traffic garden" where kids can learn how to play safely. (Northern Kentucky Tribune)
  • Richmond's queer and BIPOC cyclists are carving out safe spaces for themselves. (Commonwealth Times)

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