In an October 16 commentary titled Lightrail in Portland Is Successful, Notwithstanding CATO Criticism & FTA Lack of Support, Free Congress Foundation Chairman & CEO Paul M. Weyrich offers another perspective on Randal O'Toole's recent CATO Institute attack on land use and transportation policies in the Portland area. (See Debunking Cato for more background.) Weyrich stresses that light rail, unlike the bus systems favored by O'Toole and others, moves more passengers and offers much greater potential for private transit oriented development.
"At least two people died and 10 were injured in a fiery multi-vehicle crash in an Interstate 5 tunnel south of Santa Clarita late Friday, closing the freeway in both directions until at least Tuesday
Rethinking Green: Blockbuster Report in Environmental Building News Measures Impact of "Driving to Green Buildings"Submitted by mackean on Fri, 10/12/2007 - 3:04pm
The Nobel Committee’s decision to award this year’s Peace Prize for environmental activism reminds us that the environment has become a pressing political topic in recent years. The critical question is what kind of practical changes such publicity about global warming will affect.
As part of CNU's 2007 Transportation Summit in London, there will be a comparison of three different street design manuals from three different countries: The United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. In addition to providing new and valuable information, the program can count as AIA Continuing Education Credits.
In a recent Chicago Tribune front page article, writer Howard Witt details the Texas capital's rigourous efforts to curb climate change and set an example for cities around the world.
The grand design for Philadelphia's Delaware River waterfront: Help Philadelphians reconnect with their river.Submitted by Michael McAteer on Mon, 09/24/2007 - 7:07pm
The plan's biggest idea - and easily the most controversial - is the Penn Praxis recommendation to march the city's street grid right down to the river. In voicing his strong support,Democratic mayoral nominee Michael Nutter calls for "a more urban, Philadelphia-style feeling along the water."
Active Living Research forwarded CNU the following announcement. New Urbanism has a lot to contribute to the public health discussion, so if you're doing relevant research, please consider sharing it with ALR.
After 50 years of continuous and accelerating job loss, population flight, propertymarket
decline, plummeting municipal revenues, and civic collapse, Camden has embarked on a
land-redevelopment process of unprecedented proportions, initiated by a state takeover of the city’s municipal functions, Ambitious plans are under way or in the pipelineCivic Engagement in Camden, New Jersey
It seems more and more studies these days are making the connection between the built environment and health, and pointing to the challenge we face in improving our communities.
Two recent news stories are a case in point. One covers a study that found a link between gas prices and obesity. Higher gas prices encourage walking and alternative transportation. But another covered a study that exposed a lack of walking amenities in communities. So what do people do when it gets too expensive to drive, but walking, biking, and transit aren't options?