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Archive for the ‘Local’ Category

Disparities in Park Quality and Pedestrian Streetscape Environments

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
Disparities in Park Quality, Disparities in Pedestrian Streetscapes

Low‐income and minority populations suffer disproportionately high rates of chronic disease. Accordingly, national and international authorities have made the elimination of health disparities a priority. Many factors can contribute to health disparities, including disparities in the quality of neighborhood environments. For example, having a neighborhood park and pedestrian‐friendly streets may impact opportunities to engage in physical activity – a behavior that can reduce risk of chronic disease.

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NYC: Under the Elevated – Experimentation Before Implementation

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
NYC: Under the Elevated – Experimentation Before Implementation

“Under the Elevated” is the first major urban initiative to propose a comprehensive approach in revitalizing New York City’s hundreds of miles of elevated infrastructure. We saw the need and potential to reimagine these often noisy, uninviting, and underutilized spaces beneath our city’s subway lines, highways, and bridges. The resulting study in partnership with the […]

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Utah DOT: Repaving “Forrest Gump Hill”

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
Utah DOT: Repaving “Forrest Gump Hill”

Did you know Forrest Gump ended his years long run here in Utah? UDOT is starting a new repaving project in that area this week. The repayment of U.S. 163 will improve mobility and safety on 10 miles of highway, including the popular “Forrest Gump Hill.”

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Colorado’s Transit, Biking & Walking Needs Over The Next 25 Years

Monday, August 22nd, 2016
Colorado Investment

Transit, walking and biking are critical components of a 21st century transportation system in Colorado but have been underfunded for decades. Without significant investments in transit, biking and pedestrian services and infrastructure, Colorado will not be able to meet the demands and challenges of our shifting demographics and growing population, and will miss out on the many benefits transit, walking and biking provide.

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Deschutes River, OR: We The River

Thursday, August 18th, 2016
Deschutes River, OR: We The River

Promotional piece for Deschutes River Conservancy’s We The River campaign.

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The Gateway Project – Saving New York from “Transportation Armageddon”

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
The Gateway Project – Saving New York from “Transportation Armageddon”

New York and New Jersey are facing what Senator Charles Schumer called “Transportation Armageddon.” Luckily there’s a solution that will fix everything… but it’s going to take several years and billions of dollars just to get permission.

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Build Your Own NYC Subway

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
Build Your Own NYC Subway

How would you like to be in charge of re-designing one of the biggest, busiest subway systems in the world? The New York City subway currently serves nearly 5.7 million people each weekday (thats about 1.8 billion riders in 2015), and now it’s your turn to see if you can make the system work better.

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Vulnerability of the North Alaska Highway to Permafrost Thaw

Monday, August 15th, 2016
Permafrost Melting in Alaska

In the context of current and anticipated climate change, permafrost temperature has warmed significantly in northern territories and is expected to continue to rise (SNAP 2014). The stability of northern transportation infrastructure may be compromised by changes in permafrost, particularly in areas where the soil contains large amounts of ice. This may lead to negative impacts on economic development, including increasing the complexity and cost of road maintenance and the price of shipping goods in the North.

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Mankato, MN: Now Introducing…Bike Lanes!

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
Mankato, MN: Now Introducing…Bike Lanes!

Bicycling enthusiasts can enjoy bike lanes in the North Mankato and Mankato area. These lanes provide another transportation option that’s well-connected throughout the cities. Safety is important, so it’s good to know what bike lanes are and what each of the different bike lane markings mean.

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Successful Strategies for Broadband Public-Private Partnerships

Thursday, August 4th, 2016
Spectrum of Cooperation for Local Networks

…most Americans continue to only have one option for high-speed Internet access, according to the Federal Communications Commission, often a cable network with limited upload speeds. Smart cities are realizing they need to act or risk being left behind. However, many do not want to embrace the purely municipal model, where the city would engage in direct competition with existing providers…One way for those communities to move forward is with a public-private partnership (PPP). But for all the excitement around this model, there are few concrete examples from which to draw lessons.

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