Infrastructure

July 8, 2012, 11am PDT
Seattle's innovative Residential RainWise Program provides tools for stormwater management at home, in the hopes of reducing flooding, safeguarding property, and restoring the area's waters for people and wildlife.
Global Site Plans - The Grid
July 7, 2012, 1pm PDT
Unsurprisingly, most of the projects compiled by the company KPMG called "Infrastructure 100: World Cities Edition" are in expanding countries like China and Saudi Arabia. Tyler Falk pulls out some favorites.
SmartPlanet
July 6, 2012, 11am PDT
It all depends on who you ask, argues David Alpert. Ratepayers have pushed for buried lines before; now, there's reason to doubt it would cost as much as the utility company once quoted them.
Greater Greater Washington
July 6, 2012, 9am PDT
A common criticism of streetcars are their relative slow speed combined with high capital and operating costs. Still, streetcars are being constructed in both large in small cities to help incentivize development.
The Naked City
July 5, 2012, 6am PDT
In the coming days readers will learn more about America's new transportation funding plan MAP-21, which will guide surface transportation planning through 2014. In this piece, Tanya Snyder centers on changes to the popular TIFIA lending program.
Steetsblog Capitol Hill
July 4, 2012, 7am PDT
On Tuesday, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted 5-4 to support extending D.C.'s Metrorail to Dulles Airport, ending months of uncertainty over the project's fate.
The Washington Post
July 3, 2012, 6am PDT
In order to save Coney Island from dwindling unemployment rates and high poverty levels, developers rezone the 46-year-old amusement park, but the plans may never actually leave the paper.
The Brooklyn Bureau
July 2, 2012, 12pm PDT
Editorial draws attention to the impact of global warming on our cities and advocates planning for climate change.
Los Angeles Times
July 1, 2012, 9am PDT
Just how does a transportation bill that doesn't increase fuel taxes or introduce new user charges, and maintain the same level of spending reduce the deficit by $16.3 billion? Ask the Congressional Budget Office.
Taxpayers For Common Sense
June 29, 2012, 12pm PDT
Economist David Birch coined the term "gazelle" to refer to small businesses that double their size every four years. Charlie Gandy says these gazelles are incredibly useful when it comes to placemaking.
Project For Public Spaces
June 29, 2012, 10am PDT
Filmmaker Dean Petersen noticed a troublesome step at the 36th Street subway exit in Brooklyn, and decided to find out how many people tripped over it. Video evidence shows this hazard in action.
Boing Boing
June 28, 2012, 9am PDT
On Friday, the US DOT awarded TIGER 2012 funds to 47 projects totaling $500 million -- far less than the $10.2 billion that was asked for from an astounding 703 applications from all 50 states.
Transportation Nation
June 27, 2012, 11am PDT
Ernest Harsch interviews UN-Habitat Director Joan Clos on the challenges facing African cities in an age of unprecedented urbanization, from the abundance of slums to the threat of natural disasters.
Independent Online
June 25, 2012, 9am PDT
Despite many studies confirming the effect of induced traffic, the effect is often ignored in the transport models used for project appraisal, says a team of Scandanavian researchers creating an extreme bias in the assessment of new projects.
European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research
June 25, 2012, 8am PDT
The City of Villahermosa, Mexico, an oil industry town in Tabasco, is reclaiming space from the auto, rejuvenating their urban spaces, and on a more basic level, cleaning the water supply and modernizing their sewage systems.
The New York Times - Global Business
June 25, 2012, 7am PDT
The city recently launched SFBetterStreets.org to be a central source of information to help residents with street improvements like traffic-calming, parklets, bike corrals, plantings, art installations, and sidewalk fixtures.
Streets Blog San Francisco
June 25, 2012, 6am PDT
Douglas Coupland, most famous for authoring the book Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, is pitching a combined street lamp / wifi / cell phone tower to bring connectivity to Vancouver's streets.
National Post
June 24, 2012, 5am PDT
In an effort to save money and to rationalize civic services, Detroit is going to be turning out the streetlights in "distressed" areas.
Toronto Star
June 23, 2012, 11am PDT
The long-sought after demolition of Bronx's Sheridan Expressway hits obstacles as the City of New York now looks to save and retrofit it.
The Atlantic Cities
June 23, 2012, 9am PDT
Mike Lydon discusses "tactical urbanism", a DIY approach to planning that is sweeping the nation, and explains how communities are making lasting impacts at the grassroots level.
The Architect's Newspaper