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Global Infrastructure Spending: Outlook to 2025

Thursday, June 26th, 2014
Figure 1: Five key infrastructure sectors

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
Infrastructure spending has begun to rebound from the global financial crisis and is expected to grow significantly over the coming decade. That is the main finding of Capital project and infrastructure spending: Outlook to 2025, our in-depth analysis of 49 countries that account for 90% of global economic output. Worldwide, infrastructure spending will grow from $4 trillion per year in 2012 to more than $9 trillion per year by 2025. Overall, close to $78 trillion is expected to be spent globally between 2014 and 2025. But the recovery will be uneven, with infrastructure spending in Western Europe not reaching pre-crisis levels until at least 2018. Meanwhile, emerging markets, unburdened by austerity or ailing banks, will see accelerated growth in infrastructure spending, especially China and other countries in Asia.

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Reduce Speculation and Limit Gentrification: Penalize Absentee/Pied-à-Terre Owners

Friday, June 20th, 2014

While cities like Chicago, Austin, and Seattle can typically stave off drastic price increases by just building enough housing to meet demand, that’s not always possible for world cities because demand isn’t just local, or even national — it’s global, and in an era of growing inequality the demand for luxury investment properties and pieds-à-terre is vast. That demand is an obstacle to providing an adequate supply of affordable, middle-class housing, but it needn’t be. If harnessed appropriately, it could even be a strength.

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Who Owns Your City?

Monday, June 16th, 2014
Houston, TX: Why Don

WhyDontWeOwnThis.com is an interactive map that shows you who owns the buildings in American cities. You won’t find small-town America’s ownership details online yet, but major cities from Los Angeles to Baltimore are represented, and more are on their way. Take a look at the map; you might be surprised to find out who really owns your city.

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States’ Fiscal Initiatives Offer a Solution to the Impending Trust Fund Shortfall

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 25, No. 8

While transportation stakeholders and the Washington press corps are agonizing about the impending Highway Trust Fund shortfall and its impact on the federal transportation program, they are ignoring developments outside the Beltway that go a long way toward mitigating the prospective funding shortage. For in fact, individual states, far from standing idly by, are responding to the fiscal uncertainties in Washington by stepping up and augmenting their transportation budgets.

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Solar Freakin’ Roadways!

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
Solar Freakin’ Roadways!

It’s the roadway of the future! Feel inspired? Help us bring this project to the next step: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/so…

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Infrastructure Planning And Investment: A Widening Gap

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
HUDSON VALLEY INFRASTRUCTURE: REDUCED PUBLIC INVESTMENT

HUDSON VALLEY PATTERN FOR PROGRESS
In the past few months, the tragic gas explosion in Harlem and Vice President Biden’s description of LaGuardia Airport as a “third world airport” made national news. In the Hudson Valley, the massive rebuilding of the Tappan Zee Bridge and a proposed $153 million private desalination plant have made headlines. The common topic: Infrastructure. Today, the world demands solid and dependable underpinnings to the activities of daily life. Infrastructure means livelihoods—think of the 14.2 million workers employed nationally in the sector (Brookings, 2014). It means survival, especially in terms of critical resources such as water and roads. And it means a set of unprecedented challenges, at all levels.

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Infra Week: 12-6-2013

Friday, December 6th, 2013
Jefferson Station CTA

CTA Blue Line Rehab
Hudson Line Trains Resume After Metro-North Derailment
New B44 bus will take you there…faster!
Folsom Buffered Bike Lane Goes Green
Amazon is not alone: UPS, Google also testing delivery drones

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Opportunities and Potential Complications for Renewable Energy

Thursday, November 28th, 2013
Figure 2. MLP market cap by sector

NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY
A prime example of an MLP in today’s public marketplace is an energy pipeline operator that
moves crude oil, natural gas, and refined petroleum products through its network of pipelines.
The MLP is paid fees based on pipe capacity and volumes transported, not on the price of the
underlying commodity in the pipe. P

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A New Partnership: Rail Transit and Convention Growth

Thursday, November 21st, 2013
The Rail Cities: Head and Shoulders Above

AMERICAN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATION
U.S. TRAVEL ASSOCIATION
As fewer Americans are driving cars and recent generational trends show an exodus from rural areas into cities and suburbs with interconnected transit and walkable alternatives, locations that offer multimodal transportation systems are increasingly popular places to live. However, new historical data analysis proves that these same cities are desirable places to travel to as well.

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Strategic Action Plan for the Chicago Loop

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
Loop Area Strategy Diagram

CHICAGO LOOP ALLIANCE
The vision for the Loop and the Strategic Action Plan are not static. The Loop is ever changing as priorities shift, objectives change and new developments impact the social and economic dynamic of the Loop. Therefore, this Strategic Action Plan is a working document; it is a flexible tool that will evolve with the Loop as it changes and grows over the coming years.

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