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Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy made landfall at 8pm ET on October 29, 2012 about 5 miles southwest of Atlantic City, NJ, as seen in this NOAA GOES-13 satellite colorized infrared image from the same time.

Jail the Planners for Not Preventing Sandy!

Ed Blakely indicts the planning profession for failing to protect our communities from the threat of a changing climate. How can we plan places that serve as bulwarks from the worst physical traumas, while providing economic and social resiliency?

November 5, 2012 - Edward J. Blakely

Google street view of wide grassy median in Beverly Hills, California.

Beverly Hills Installs First ‘Green Street’

A three-block median featuring native plants and bioswales is part of the city’s broader effort to reduce water consumption and pollution.

February 22, 2024 - Beverly Press

Aerial view of the Chicago Loop in summer from the south, with buildings on the left, Grant Park in the center, and Lake Michigan on the right.

New Threat to Urban Infrastructure: Underground Climate Change

Subsurface heat islands in dense urban areas can cause buildings and infrastructure to shift, tilt, and crack, a new study finds.

February 22, 2024 - Financial Times

Aerial view of housing and freeway in Cupertino, California.

Proposal Would Link Highway Funding to Zoning

Experts argue that zoning, housing, and transportation policy are intimately linked.

February 22, 2024 - Federation of American Scientists

Close-up of old, rusted water pipe leaking at joint.

White House Announces $5.8 Billion in Water Infrastructure Funding

The new funds add to the effort to replace aging infrastructure and lead pipes.

February 21, 2024 - ABC News

View of downtown Los Angeles from elevated hillside with palm trees in foreground and pink sky.

Planning for Trees in Los Angeles

The County and City of Los Angeles are working together on community engagement efforts for their Urban Forest Management Plans (UFMPs).

February 21, 2024 - LAist

View of highway overpass under construction from underneath.

The Infrastructure Law Could Increase Transportation Emissions

With so much funding going to highway construction and expansion, the 2021 law could add 69 million metric tons of carbon to the atmosphere in the next two decades.

February 21, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

Screen shot of map from Wisconsin PFAS Interactive Data Viewer.

New Book Highlights How GIS Improves Outcomes

Esri Press recently published a digital book called Mapping the Nation which demonstrates how a geographic approach guides important decisions and addresses challenges around the globe.

February 20, 2024 - ESRI

An adult man, stopped on a Seattle, Washington street corner, preparing for a rainy morning bike commute.

Seattle Mobility Advocates Say City Should Triple Transportation Levy

A measure set to go before voters in November will fund road safety and mobility projects, but advocates say a much bigger investment is required to meet the city’s needs.

February 19, 2024 - The Urbanist

Close-up shot of Hollywood Blvd street sign and pedestrian crossing signal with red 'Don't walk' hand lit.

Billboard Highlights LA’s Pedestrian Safety Crisis

According to road safety advocates, more pedestrians died on one Los Angeles street than in the entire state of Vermont in 2022.

February 19, 2024 - Business Insider

Mobile home with pipe directed into the yard into a pit of standing sewage.

Closing the ‘Wastewater Gap’ in the Black Belt

Newly announced federal funding will help resolve the decades’ long sewer crisis faced by rural majority-Black communities in Alabama and Mississippi.

February 19, 2024 - Word In Black

"It's The Climate" sign over street in Grants Pass, Oregon.

Oregon Town Seeks Funding for Ambitious Resilience Plan

Like other rural communities, Grants Pass is eager to access federal funding aimed at sustainability initiatives, but faces challenges when it comes to meeting grant requirements.

February 18, 2024 - The Daily Yonder

Bird's eye view of green painted bike lane with one cyclist.

LA’s Mobility Plan Implementation Faces Opposition

The city’s firefighters’ union claims that bike and bus lanes would slow response times and impede access for first responders.

February 16, 2024 - Los Angeles Times

Close-up of line of cars at electric vehicle charging station

Chicago Readies Region for EV Charging

Chicago-area municipalities can take advantage of a new grant program to prepare their infrastructure for electric vehicles.

February 14, 2024 - Energy News Network

Close-up of bright green algae bloom on water surface with persons hand reaching in to take a sample in a clear plastic water bottle.

Cape Cod Water Quality Threatened by Septic Runoff

Pollutants from local septic tanks are creating problematic algae blooms in local waters. Cleaning it all up could cost billions.

February 14, 2024 - WBUR

Red painted bike lane next to floating bus stop and green double-decker bus in the UK.

Opinion: ‘Floating’ Bus Stops Endanger Blind Pedestrians

A design that places bike lanes between bus stops and sidewalks complicates mobility for pedestrians, especially people with vision impairments.

February 13, 2024 - The Times Colonist

People riding bikes on a paved bike trail.

Promoting Cycling as Public Health Measure

An argument for better bike infrastructure from a healthcare perspective.

February 9, 2024 - Healthy Debate

Freeway in New York State with signs for New York City and Scranton.

Proposed New York Bill Would Align Transportation Projects With Driving Reduction Goals

If passed, the law would require all highway projects to show how they would reduce VMT or mitigate their impact.

February 9, 2024 - StreetsBlog NYC

View from under tall Los Angeles freeway overpass.

California Officials Propose Changes to Freeway ‘Airspace’ Storage Program

Since a November fire in Los Angeles, city officials have found more than three-quarters of leased freeway-adjacent properties visited so far fail their inspection.

February 8, 2024 - ABC7

Crosswalk in San Jose, California.

California Daylighting Law Bans Parking Near Crosswalks

Limiting parking within 20 feet of intersections improves visibility and reduces collisions with pedestrians.

February 8, 2024 - Mercury News

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