Beale Street in Memphis. Photo: Scott1346 at flickr

Headlines: A dash of color, the flash of new technology

Reclaiming intersections, sharing data, and trouble for transit projects

Goodbye cars, hello colour: the great reinvention of city intersections
The Guardian, September 20, 2018
Across the world, urban intersections are being slowly transformed from grim, car-oriented hazards to bright and pedestrian-friendly spaces.

Ford Motor Co., Uber and Lyft announce agreement to share data through new platform
National Association of City Transportation Officials, Sep 26, 2018
An expanding network of companies commits to use SharedStreets to share data and collaborate with cities to ensure that the digital transportation revolution supports sustainable, inclusive mobility

Fannie Mae seeks strategies to make affordable housing healthier
The Journal of American Institute of Architects, September 27, 2018
The GSE has issued a call for ideas on healthy affordable housing as part of its $10 million, two-year Innovation Challenge.

Architects respond to rising interest in accessory dwellings
Architectural Record, September 26, 2018
As many urban and suburban areas grapple with rising demand, and rising costs, for housing, interest in building ADUs is resurgent.

The “Toilet Paper Test” is a litmus test for walkability. Does your home pass?
Greater Greater Washington, September 27, 2018
The Toilet Paper Test is simple: If you're at home and you need to buy toilet paper, can you do so conveniently without using a vehicle?

How the VR headsets used for gaming are changing the architecture industry
Tampa Bay Times, September 27, 2018
Historically, developers who deploy architects to design their spaces have a hard time visualizing what a structure will look like before the walls start going up, however, this video game technology has revolutionized the development process.

Our housing-voucher program is broken
The Nation, September 27, 2018
Landlords regularly refuse to rent to voucher holders, defeating the point of the program.

Local News & Around the World

Memphis downtown boom fueled by riverfront city’s rich history
Curbed
Sep 25, 2018
In the late ’70s, downtown Memphis started a comeback with the redevelopment of the city’s famed Beale Street as a center for musical tourism, the establishment of the DMC, and the construction of Harbor Town, a New Urbanism-style development on a former sandbar in the Mississippi River called Mud Island.

Opinion: California must stop trying to stamp out suburbia
Orange County Register, September 22, 2018
The author argues that “toxic regulatory overreach that led California housing prices, relative to incomes, to grow at three times the national rate since 2010.”

As Phoenix light rail extension debate devolves, questions about funding.
Planetizen, September 26, 2018
Transit advocates blame the Koch Brothers for a sudden outbreak of controversy surrounding the South Central Light Rail Extension in Phoenix.

San Francisco's new $2 billion transit center is shut down over cracked beam
NPR, September 26, 2018
One month after it opened, the Salesforce Transit Center complex has shut down in downtown San Francisco, as engineers examine a crack in a steel beam.

Multibillion-dollar Atlanta transit expansion proposed
The Washington Post, September 27
The proposal from the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, or MARTA, is set to be voted on by its board of directors Oct. 4. The initiative is called “More MARTA.”

Thanks to Rosina Shipman for helping with this week's headlines.

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