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Archive for the ‘Local’ Category

Growing Local Economies through Equitable Transit-Oriented Development

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
Housing + Transportation Costs as a Percentage of 80% AMI

CENTER FOR NEIGHBORHOOD TECHNOLOGY
OPEN COMMUNITIES
TRANSIT DEFINES THE VIBRANCY OF DOWNTOWNS IN CHICAGO’S NORTHERN SUBURBS. Metra and CTA stations, and the development they support, help commuters get to jobs and run errands on their way home, all with little or no driving. Residents come together in these downtown station areas to eat, drink, socialize, borrow library books, shop, and see their neighbors. These activity centers are the brand, lifeblood, and drivers of economic development in these communities.

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Mobility, Economic Opportunity and New York City Neighborhoods

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
Household Income and Job Access by NYC Neighborhood

NYU WAGNER RUDIN CENTER FOR TRANSPORTATION POLICY & MANAGEMENT
The Rudin Center ranked New York City’s 177 neighborhoods according to the number of jobs accessible from the neighborhoods by transit, within 60 minutes and completed by 9:00 a.m.on a Monday morning. The number of jobs accessible in this timeframe ranged from 42,275 (South Staten Island) to 4,839,253 (North Chelsea). Our analysis reveals substantial variation in levels of transit access across New York affect residents’ employment levels, travel modes and incomes. Most notably, the rankings result in a swoosh-shaped relationship between transit and income: the highest incomes are connected to the areas with the most access, and low transit access still provides average incomes, because residents travel by private car rather than transit.

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Shenandoah, PA: Drone Video of Locust Mountain Wind Turbines

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
Shenandoah, PA: Drone Video of Locust Mountain Wind Turbines

A short video of wind turbines taken Saturday, December 27, 2014 atop Locust Mountain off Route 924, just east of Shenandoah Heights, in Schuykill County, PA.

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Ophir, OR: Replacing a Washed-Out Highway

Monday, January 5th, 2015
Ophir, OR: Replacing a Washed-Out Highway

Tidewater Contractors is wrapping up replacement of a washed out culvert on U.S. 101 at Ophir, about 10 miles north of Gold Beach. The highway sank on the afternoon of Dec. 21, causing ODOT to detour Oregon Coast Highway traffic to Ophir Road.

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Twin Cities, MN: Water Sustainability in the Northeast Metro Area

Thursday, January 1st, 2015
Figure 1. Saint Paul Supply System Schematic

METROPOLITAN COUNCIL
The primary objective of this study is to understand the relative costs and implementation considerations of different approaches to water sustainability. The northeast metro provides a study area for this evaluation. The Minnesota Legislature requested this part of the metro area to be studied specifically, given the continued concern over lake levels and the interaction of groundwater and lakes in the area, especially White Bear Lake. The study area includes 13 communities. The results will be incorporated in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area Master Water Supply Plan. The study will be referenced to support future planning of metro area water supplies and water sustainability practices.

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San Diego, CA: East Palomar Street Bridge Demolition

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
San Diego, CA: East Palomar Street Bridge Demolition

Demolition of freeway overpass in San Diego – North View

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The Needs of Oregon’s County-Run Roads

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
County Road Fund Revenue Sources

ASSOCIATION OF OREGON COUNTIES

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Boston, MA: Tidal Flows and Waste Systems

Monday, December 29th, 2014
Boston, MA: Tidal Flows and Waste Systems

With the separation of Boston’s antiquated Combined Sewage system, the city has paved the way for direct recreation and experience of its greatest asset, Boston harbor. This video proposes a series of elevated and sunken land forms to register the tidal current through the stratified ecologies of the intertidal zone. Within the center of a sloped approach, bowl-like landforms trap the retreating water to create artificial tide pools.

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Paying to Maintain Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities

Friday, December 26th, 2014
Paying to Maintain Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities

Webinar from Advocacy Advance, a partnership between the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking & Walking, presents options for communities to pay for maintenance of trails, bike lanes, and sidewalks.

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From Mine to Bridge: Boston’s Steel Infrastructure

Thursday, December 25th, 2014
From Mine to Bridge: Boston’s Steel Infrastructure

Steel is inherent to the Boston waterfront landscape. Transportation infrastructure such as bridges are essential to ease circulation throughout the harbor. These bridges are all made of steel. Where did this steel actually come from? From Mine to Bridge explores the supply chain of steel, from ore mining, to stock piling, manufacturing, and construction.

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