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New York City Open Streets

Where Open Streets Are Succeeding

The cities that are making their pandemic-era car-free experiments permanent.

January 6 - Bloomberg CityLab

MBTA Green Line

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.

January 6 - CommonWealth Magazine

Coronavirus Social Distancing

Friday Eye Candy: Covid-19, Then and Now

The New York Times compared images from readers portraying similar scenes in 2020 and 2022.

January 6 - The New York Times

People lounging on grass in Alamo Square park in San Francisco overlooking painted ladies Victorian houses and city skyline

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?

January 5 - San Francisco Chronicle

Google Street View of San Diego Central Library building, slated to be converted into temporary shelter for unhoused residents

Old San Diego Library to Become Shelter

The long-disused Central Library will accommodate 26 unhoused residents starting later this month.

January 5 - Voice of San Diego


Blue Denver Connector transit van with wheelchair lift

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.

January 5 - The Denver Post

View down covered sidewalk in historic Stockyards district in Fort Worth, Texas

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.

January 5 - Fort Worth Report


Three people with bikes stopping to chat on grassy field with Atlanta, Georgia skyline in background

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.

January 5 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Three bridges span the Ohio River between Covington and Cincinnati.

$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.

January 5 - The White House

Los Angeles Subway

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.

January 5 - The Hill

View across lake of Washington, D.C. office buildings with blooming cherry trees in front on lakeshore

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.

January 5 - Smart Cities Dive

Electric cars parked curbside and charging on a city street

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.

January 4 - Smart Cities Dive

View of Los Angeles skyline on sunny day with palm trees in foreground

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.

January 4 - Los Angeles Times

Father riding cargo bike with one child in cargo basket and one child riding bike alongside on sunny tree-lined path

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.

January 4 - NPR

View of Washington State beach with grey rocks

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.

January 4 - The Daily Yonder

Blurred photo of crowded, brightly lit restaurant

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.

January 4 - Urban Edge

U-Haul moving truck with back door open and loading ramp down on residential street in Houston, Texas

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.

January 4 - U-Haul International

Person on bike wearing backpack with small bus and Boston buildings in background

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.

January 4 - The Boston Globe

Capitol

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.

January 4 - The Washington Post

Black and white 25 mph speed limit sign on post with trees in background

Tacoma’s Lower Speed Limits Take Effect

The city hopes reducing speed limits will help them achieve their Vision Zero pledge.

January 3 - King 5 News

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