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Report: Racial Gap in Home Appraisals Increasing

An analysis of government data reveals a growing gap in the appraised values of homes in white and Black neighborhoods.

November 4, 2022 - Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research: The Urban Edge

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Use or Misuse of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve?

Rising gasoline prices prompted President Biden to announce on October 19 that he was authorizing the release of 15 million barrels of crude oil from the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

November 3, 2022 - The Washington Post

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The Fight to Improve Tribal Transportation

Advocates for tribal communities argue that the bipartisan infrastructure bill does not direct enough money to tribal transportation needs, but USDOT and local leaders can ensure more equitable distribution of funds to projects on tribal lands.

November 3, 2022 - NRDC

Gentrification

How to Recognize Gentrification

A new book digs into the politics and contradictions of the gentrification debate.

November 3, 2022 - Next City

Self-Driving Car

Autonomous Vehicle Industry Hits a Bump in the Road

Slashed budgets, executives heading for the exits, and delayed dreams—the autonomous vehicle industry is taking longer to get on the road than industry supporters expected.

November 2, 2022 - Bloomberg

Construction "Road Closed" signs for Los Angeles Metro Purple Line

Database Analyzes Global Transit Project Costs

Researchers are cataloging the costs of transit projects around the world in an attempt to identify ways to bring costs down and spend transit funding more efficiently.

November 2, 2022 - Governing

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Why Cities Will Outlast the Pandemic Slump

A new report suggests that despite recent challenges, the ‘value proposition’ of urban activity centers remains as strong as ever.

November 1, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

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Do Owner Occupancy Requirements Constrain Housing Supply?

Born out of a fear of absentee owners and rapacious investors, owner-occupancy requirements can have the contradictory effects of excluding renters from neighborhoods and limiting the number of rental units available.

November 1, 2022 - Brookings / The Avenue

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Ghosted by Your Bus?

Operator shortages are causing transit agencies to cut service unpredictably, leaving riders waiting for ‘ghost buses.’

November 1, 2022 - Transit Center

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Drought Threatens Mississippi River Shipping Corridor

Disruption of shipping on the Mississippi could imperil food supplies and cost billions in losses.

October 31, 2022 - CBS News

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The Culture Clash at State DOTs Over Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Whether state departments of transportation support or oppose a new rule aimed at reining in carbon emissions in transportation reflects an urban-rural, red-blue divide.

October 27, 2022 - Angie Schmitt

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Rivian CEO Talks Battery Tech, Supply Chain Issues

As its electric trucks hit the streets, the electric truck maker has their eye on micromobility and battery supply chains.

October 27, 2022 - Tech Crunch

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Home Prices, Demand on Downward Trajectory

The once-overheated housing market continues to cool as rising interest rates reduce demand.

October 26, 2022 - Bloomberg

Pedestrians

Federal Government Pushes Collaboration on Road Safety

Guidance from federal agencies encourages states and cities to focus on pedestrian and cyclist safety, but the Biden administration has stopped short of any legally binding mandates.

October 26, 2022 - Route Fifty

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Report: ‘Outdated’ Regulations Slowing Growth of Electric Car Charging Stations

A lack of regulations and zoning codes tailored to electric vehicle charging infrastructure is hindering the proliferation of charging stations.

October 26, 2022 - Smart Cities Dive

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Republican States Challenge Highway Emissions Plan

A federal proposal that would require states to monitor and set targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions, praised by Democrats, is being called “unworkable” by many Republican states.

October 24, 2022 - Route Fifty

A group of protestors oppose mandatory vaccinations during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Shifting Demographics of Covid-19

For most of the Covid-19 pandemic, Black Americans died at much higher rates than White Americans. That trend has reversed at times during the past year.

October 23, 2022 - The Washington Post

Trader Joe's building with "Coming Soon" and "Now Hiring" banners

Why the City Can’t 'Just Put a Trader Joe’s There'

The flawed logic behind an all-too-common planning misconception.

October 23, 2022 - Strong Towns

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Friday Funny: Crossing the Street? Good Luck!

The Onion says the quiet part out loud to illustrate the real philosophy behind many road safety strategies.

October 21, 2022 - The Onion

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Vision Zero Cities Journal 2022: Traffic Safety Guidance for a Safer Future

The Vision Zero Cities Journal provides information on traffic safety innovations and the global movement toward Vision Zero.

October 21, 2022 - Vision Zero Cities Journal

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

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Planning for Universal Design

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