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How the Accommodations We Make for Cars Impose Huge Costs on Cities

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Wide highways, big parking lots, dangerous intersections designed for speed — there are a lot of downsides to all this car-centric infrastructure, including the way it saps the fiscal health of cities. Bill Lindeke at Network blog Streets.mn lists seven, from the erosion of the local tax base due to land consumed for highways to public health costs in the form of […]
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How Can Cities Make the Most of an Infrastructure Spending Spree?

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Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have indicated that they intend to spend big on “infrastructure” if elected president. Whether this ends up making cities stronger or just fueling more wasteful sprawl, however, is an open question. Cities usually have a hard time accessing federal funds, since the current system funnels most of the money to states DOTs, […]
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Will Seattle Blow Its Chance to Reclaim Its Waterfront?

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It’s bad enough that Washington DOT is building a huge underground highway by the Seattle waterfront at enormous expense and financial risk. Now the city is poised to ruin the one benefit of the highway tunnel — better pedestrian connections to the waterfront. Advocates have been warning against replacing the current elevated highway with a highway-like surface street. But […]
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Pedestrian Shaming — an Annual Rite of Halloween

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We are out on the corner of North Ave and Peachtree W reminding Pedestrians to #SeeAndBeSeen#DriveAlertGapic.twitter.com/C5Q5fKHnCA — Georgia DOT (@GADeptofTrans) October 31, 2016 More pedestrians are killed on Halloween than any other day of the year — by far. The conclusion that transportation agencies all over the country draw from this is that people on foot must be further marginalized […]
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What If Climate Hawks Fought Dirty Highways Like They Fight Dirty Energy?

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This Nebraska farm was in the path of #kxl pipeline. And now it’s ready for 100% Clean Energy! pic.twitter.com/JU4FuVyPUB — Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) May 11, 2016 American climate activists’ single biggest achievement in recent years was the defeat of the Keystone XL pipeline. Nothing has unified and energized more people than the fight to keep dirty fossil […]