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Where Open Streets Are Succeeding
The cities that are making their pandemic-era car-free experiments permanent.
Explaining Massachusetts’ New TOD Law
The MBTA Communities law sets ‘minimum multi-family unit capacity’ for communities located near transit stations to boost higher-density housing development in transit-rich areas.
Friday Eye Candy: Covid-19, Then and Now
The New York Times compared images from readers portraying similar scenes in 2020 and 2022.
Predictions for San Francisco’s Public Spaces
In 2023, will the city’s public spaces be reclaimed by cars, or will pandemic-era interventions lead to permanent change?
Old San Diego Library to Become Shelter
The long-disused Central Library will accommodate 26 unhoused residents starting later this month.
On-Demand Transit Supplements Denver-Area Bus and Rail
Residents in far-flung parts of the region can connect to rail and bus lines and access local destinations through an on-demand service called the Denver Connector.
Fort Worth Could Start Contributing to Sidewalk Repair Costs
A proposal in the city council could shift the burden of sidewalk repairs away from property owners, who are currently responsible for 100 percent of expenses.
Atlanta Considers E-Bike Subsidy
The city could join others in offering rebates on e-bikes to get more people out of their cars and reduce traffic and carbon emissions.
$1.6 Billion for Ohio River Bridge Included in Latest Federal Grant Announcements
The Biden administration this week spanned the country to announce over $2 billion in grant funding for bridge projects.
Subway Ridership Still Lagging as Cities Come Back to Life
While other aspects of urban life are starting to recover to pre-pandemic ‘normals,’ ridership on the nation’s subway systems is still well below average levels.
D.C. Mayor Pushes for More Housing Downtown
Mayor Bowser wants to encourage adaptive reuse of office buildings and bring 100,000 new residents to the downtown core.
Tech Trends for Cities and States
Smart cities technology is well behind schedule, but the technology industry hasn’t given up on new digital solutions, self-driving cars, curb management, and AI-powered systems.
Opinion: Los Angeles Needs More Housing, Fast
The shortage of housing at all price points in the region is the main driver of high costs and the growing homelessness crisis.
The Multi-Faceted Benefits of E-Bikes
Advocates say incentivizing e-bikes is a quick and effective way to reduce carbon emissions and shift U.S. transportation priorities away from car-oriented planning.
Federal Grants Fund Tribal Relocation Efforts
Tribal communities threatened by climate change are opting to relocate or engage in ‘managed retreat’ to save their villages from sea level rise, erosion, flooding, and other climate impacts.
Houston’s Restaurant Resurgence Points to Economic Recovery
The city’s restaurants are bouncing back faster than other industries, providing a key source of jobs.
Texas, Florida Saw Most Growth in 2021, Says U-Haul
Based on an index comparing inbound and outbound moving truck rentals, Texas had the largest population growth in the United States in 2021, while California and Illinois saw the biggest losses.
Massachusetts Passes New Road Safety Law
The legislation requires cars to keep four feet away from cyclists and other “vulnerable” road users and eases the process for lowering speed limits on state-owned roads.
What to Expect from U.S. Climate Policy in 2023
2022 was full of historic legislative accomplishments on climate policy. 2023 is unlikely to achieve the same significance, though the changing climate demands more of the same.
Tacoma’s Lower Speed Limits Take Effect
The city hopes reducing speed limits will help them achieve their Vision Zero pledge.
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