Amid the revelry of the American Planning Association conference in Los Angeles, please join the California Planing & Development Report the afternoon of Sunday, April 15, to celebrate the launch of Next American City’s new online magazine, Forefront. What: Next American City’s Forefront launch party, co-hosted by CP&DR. When: 5pm – 7pm, Sunday, April 15 Where: Wuho Gallery, […]
Michael Andersen blogs for The Green Lane Project, a PeopleForBikes program that helps U.S. cities build better bike lanes to create low-stress streets. It took a week in Copenhagen for Albus Brooks to start thinking seriously about bicycling. The Denver City Council member, 35, had never owned a bike. By the time he headed home […]
American households will spend more money on gasoline this year, in dollar and inflation-adjusted terms, than ever before. And middle-class Americans are more concerned about fuel prices than at any time in recent history. These are the findings of a poll of 1,000 Americans commissioned by the Consumer Federation of America, which has been tracking […]
Nate Silver, the stat-mining fortune teller behind FiveThirtyEight.com, has written a piece for Esquire suggesting that Americans may be weaning themselves off their collective auto addiction. Falling gas prices aside, driving has been on the decline since late 2007, Silver notes. Taking factors like population and unemployment into account, he wonders: Could it be that […]
This week I'm joined by Matthew Heins, author of The Globalization of American Infrastructure: The Shipping Container and Freight Transportation. Matthew talks about how the American highway and rail systems created a global standard for shipping containers, containerization’s effects on labor and relevance to an automated trucking future, and the massive intermodal freight terminals in cities like Chicago.
Well, there you have it. Driving is on the decline — even as the economy grows. You can see in the above chart, created by analyst Doug Short and brought to our attention by Jonathan Maus at BikePortland, America’s shrinking appetite for car travel is outlasting the recession. As the Center for Clean Air Policy pointed […]