United States

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Elizabeth Warren Points to Development as a Path for Electoral Success

An op-ed written by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) details Democrats’ recent track record of large-scale capital investments and calls for more.

November 14, 2022 - The Washington Post

Electric Scooters

Scooter-Share Company Tosses Financial Reports

Bird was counting money in customers’ digital “wallets” as revenue, and has admitted that financial statements from 2020 and 2021 “should no longer be relied upon.”

November 14, 2022 - The Verge

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Seeking a Post-Pandemic Comeback, WeWork to Close More Offices

WeWork isn’t dead yet, hoping to ride post-pandemic interest in flexible workspace to a comeback story for the ages. There are still cuts to be made, however.

November 14, 2022 - CoStar News

Crosswalk

Putting Pedestrians First

Improving road safety starts with considering the safety of people outside cars early and often.

November 14, 2022 - The Seattle Times

The High Cost of Free Parking

The United Nations Calls on U.S. Planners to Break Land Use, Transportation Status Quo

“We are on a highway to climate hell with our foot on the accelerator.”

November 13, 2022 - Greater Greater Washington

Pharmacy

Chain Drugstores Are Closing, But Not Because of Shoplifting

Massive chain drug stores have become integral members of the urban fabric, for better or worse, but widespread store closures and security practices have come to symbolize urban decline. The dynamic must be monitored.

November 10, 2022 - Slate

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2022 Midterm Election Results for Land Use, Transportation, and the Climate

The most closely watched midterm election since the last midterm election offered voters an opportunity to decide on matters of consequence related to land use, housing, transportation, and the environment.

November 9, 2022 - James Brasuell

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Transit Agencies Increasingly Dependent on Federal Funding

After dramatic losses of riders and operators during the pandemic, transit agencies around the country are supplementing operational costs with federal relief dollars.

November 9, 2022 - The Center Square

Coronavirus and Lime

New Data Reveals Shared Mobility's Significant Impact on Emissions

Two new studies show that the adoption of shared micromobility can reduce transportation-related emissions and congestion by substantial margins.

November 9, 2022 - Streetsblog USA

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The Disruptive Power of ‘Minimobility’

Small, lightweight vehicles similar to golf carts could eliminate many Americans’ need for a second car and make roads safer for all users.

November 9, 2022 - Fast Company

Brick storefronts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Land Trusts Put Commercial Real Estate in Community Hands

A growing movement to create community-owned commercial spaces could shift power away from institutional landlords.

November 9, 2022 - Next City

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The Eviction Crisis Continues as Federal Aid Dries Up

Eviction rates are rising as rents and inflation grow around the country and households struggle to keep up with rent payments.

November 8, 2022 - NBC News

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Crash Analysis Studio Brings ‘Standard of Care’ to Traffic Fatalities

A new tool from Strong Towns provides a model for comprehensively evaluating the causes behind deadly crashes and how to prevent them.

November 8, 2022 - Strong Towns

U.S. Capital

No Bragging Rights for Passing the Infrastructure Act?

You'd think the passage of the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure act would convey bragging rights for Democratic congress members facing competitive midterm elections today. Ironically, Republicans who opposed the bill are taking credit.

November 8, 2022 - Politico

Vote

The Elections and Transportation

The Eno Center provides a list of transportation ballot measures to keep an eye on today.

November 8, 2022 - Eno Center for Transportation

Vision Zero

Traffic Safety Declining in U.S., Bucking Global Trend

While other countries are seeing fewer road deaths, traffic violence in the United States is back on the rise.

November 7, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

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New Online Data and Resource Library for Parks and Recreation

The National Recreation and Park Association has created a new virtual library offering a collection of publicly available databases and visualizations for park and recreation professionals and advocates.

November 7, 2022 - National Recreation and Park Association Open Space Blog

Line of tents with American flags draped on them on sidewalk in Los Angeles

Homelessness Among Veterans Drops Sharply

The number of unhoused vets fell by more than 50 percent since 2016, with significant gains made in the last two years.

November 7, 2022 - Military Times

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‘Reconnecting Communities’ Could Fund Highway Expansions

Applications to the program reveal a pattern of state agencies requesting funds for projects that perpetuate car-centric development with only nominal equity components.

November 6, 2022 - Streetsblog USA

Energy, Carol Stream, IL

The Republican Energy and Climate Agenda

With many polls predicting a ‘red wave’ on Election Day, we take a look at the energy and climate agenda of the 118th Congress under Republican control.

November 6, 2022 - Politico

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

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Planning for Universal Design

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