Recent Streetsblog USA posts about Quality of Life

EPA Declares Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal a Superfund Site

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today named Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal a Superfund site, putting the waterway on the list of the nation’s most polluted waste areas and paving the way for a years-long cleanup process that could upend city officals’ plans to redevelop the neighborhood. Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal, now a federal Superfund site. (Photo: NYT) […]

Streetsblog Capitol Hill Q&A: Blumenauer Talks Economic Recovery

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On the issue of clean transportation, from transit to bike paths to clean water, few members of Congress are as knowledgeable or active as Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). Chief of the Congressional Bicycle Caucus and founder of the new Livable Communities Task Force, the Portland lawmaker is on the front lines of Washington’s biggest infrastructure […]

Senate Health Bill Holds Onto Grants For Healthier Transportation

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Back in June, when the Senate was in the early stages of its marathon health care reform debate, several Republicans blasted the  proposed legislation for including a grant program aimed at encouraging construction of local infrastructure to promote healthier movement. The new Senate health bill held onto a billion-dollar grant program to promote walking to […]

When State DOTs Run Amok: $266M For Widening, Crumbs For Waterfront

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Streetsblog New York reported last week on the state DOT’s expensive plan to widen part of the Major Deegan Expressway in the southwest Bronx, even as the agency fails to maintain upstate bridges.  More lanes, or more housing and parks? (Image of proposed Deegan Expressway widening: NYSDOT. Image of the community’s plan for a de-commissioned […]