Transportation

Streetcars back in vogue

In 2001 Portland introduced a streetcar line into its Pearl District, and ever since investment in that area has skyrocketed. Businesses have developed around it. Homes have been built. What was once a shady area of the city is now one of the most attractive places to live and shop. What is most rem... read more »

St. Louis' Design Challenge: final designs support removing I-70

The five final designs were released last week for the Framing a Modern Masterpiece international design competition, sponsored by The City+The Arch+The River 2015.... read more »

Barnett lays out the facts on Seattle's Road Diets

Erica Barnett, in a Publicola article, "Times Columnist Ignores the Facts on Road Diets" tears apart the arguments put forth by a recent Seattle Times columnist, Nicole Brodeur, on road diets -- see "Bike lanes... read more »

Abogo, A New Transportation Cost Tool

The Center for Neighborhood Technology has a new tool that a ... read more »

Walkable neighborhoods and subways may be why Washington DC is a leader in fighting obesity.

A New York Times article about the American obesity epidemic suggests that smart city planning can impact the health of residents. Of course, merely sitting on a train doesn't make people thin (although I think many of us wish it would!). ... read more »

The Sustainable Communities Initiative

The Sustainable Communities Initiative View article with images, formatting, links and comments at http://blog.sustainableindustries.com/category/built-environment/ MaryVogel | July 21, 2010 ... read more »

Winners and losers in the latest round of federal transit grants

Last week, federal Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $293 million in new federal grants for major transit improvements, including new streetcars, buses, and transit facilities.  The Federal Transit Administration awarded the grants under two programs, funding six new streetcar and b... read more »

Walkable and Bikeable Neighborhoods in Demand

The way in which prospective home buyers determine they wish to purchase is changing. In the past home buyers have generally looked for good schools, large lots, and low crime rates. However, the latest trend is to look at the walkability and bikeability of neighborhoods as well. ... read more »

Seattle's Tunnel Debacle Continues

Check out Dominic Holden's assessment of the Seattle City Council actions to allow the State to replace Alaskan Way Viaduct with a deep-bore tunnel in the Stranger's What Could Possibly Go Wrong, July 7, 2010.... read more »

Light Rail is Good for the Health of Cities and Residents

Many people know that a healthy public transit system is vital to the health of an urban area, but who knew this relationship extended to the health of residents? A study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that users of Light Rail (LRT) lost an average... read more »