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In a segment for WNYC, journalist Simon van Zuylen-Wood discusses Amtrak's current status as a "national embarrassment." Decades of lackluster investment, he argues, make it difficult to prove demand in the first place.
33 min ago   WNYC
Some think of May 4 as Star Wars day, others remember May 4 as the birthday of Jane Jacobs. Charles Marohn suggests that May 4 should now be known as "Urban Renewal Remembrance Day."
15 hours ago   Strong Towns
A new study by Harvard economists provides the best evidence yet that where children gow up matters to the outcomes of their lives.
16 hours ago   New York Times
Long considered a desert backwater and second fiddle to Las Vegas, the city of Reno is having a resurgence. Small entrepreneurs, industrial giants like Tesla, and artists inspired by Burning Man are converging to overshadow the fading casino economy.
17 hours ago   Next City
A proliferation of 99-cent stores in the Woodhaven neighborhood in Queens has strangled the commercial offerings in the neighborhood. But can residents or the local business improvement district do anything about the trend?
18 hours ago   TimesLedger
A Market Urbanism op-ed makes the case for high-rise neighborhoods as an integral part of successful cities—even if some Jacobs fans tend to overlook the benefits of such parts of town.
19 hours ago   Market Urbanism
Following up on last month's emergency rule addressing trains speeds, the Transportation Deparment issued new rules addressing tanker car standards, long thought to be one of the most important factors contributing to fiery oil tank car explosions.
20 hours ago   The New York Time - Energy & Environment
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Housing policy is not just about houses, it is also about people, and the determination of who may live in a community. We challenge communities to proclaim, “Yes in our backyard! We welcome new neighbors. We favor more diversity.” Blog Post
21 hours ago   By Todd Litman
The Milken Institute Global Conference brought hoards of business leaders to Beverly Hills last week. Sessions included some high praise for cities and buoyant predictions about innovation, development, and accommodating six billion city-dwellers.
22 hours ago   California Planning & Development Report
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Leading a walking tour of your neighborhood can be easy if you focus on the basic differences between types of neighborhoods. Blog Post
23 hours ago   By Michael Lewyn
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Well known planning scholar and theorist Dr. Karen Christensen, from UC Berkeley, introduces her findings from a decade of interviews with exemplary planners in the San Francisco Bay Area. Blog Post
Yesterday   By JPER