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Archive for the ‘Urban Planning’ Category

Transit Trends: Technology & Transportation

Friday, April 22nd, 2016
Transit Trends: Technology & Transportation

In episode three, we’re chatting about the intersection of transportation and technology and how they’ve quickly become one in the same. Since the industry is very popular right now, it is on the mind of a lot of entrepreneurs, looking to cash in on new innovations in the transportation technology industry. Comment below to share your thoughts on this episode, or via Twitter with #TransitTrends.

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James Siegal: Our Cities Need to Focus on Playability, Not Just Walkability

Thursday, April 21st, 2016
James Siegal: Our Cities Need to Focus on Playability, Not Just Walkability

We’ve done a great job making our cities walkable and bike friendly. But James Siegal argues it’s time to think about the kids and build play directly into daily life, in parks, on sidewalks and even bus stops. Building playgrounds as oases is not enough — cities need to embrace playability and create a new generation of kids who can play until the sun goes down.

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Lifting the High Energy Burden in America’s Largest Cities

Thursday, April 21st, 2016
While energy efficiency programs provide benefits beyond energy savings, we find they are an underutilized strategy that could complement bill assistance and weatherization programs to reduce high energy burdens in low-income communities.

AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR AN ENERGY-EFFICIENT ECONOMY (ACEEE)
This report provides a snapshot of energy burdens in cities across the US. We focus on the high home energy burdens faced by select groups in major metropolitan areas…In the first half of this report, we analyze data from the US Census Bureau’s 2011 and 2013 American Housing Survey to determine energy burden values for 48 of the largest US cities and specific households within each city. In the second half of the report, we discuss strategies for alleviating high energy burdens, with a focus on policies and programs to increase the impact of energy efficiency initiatives in these communities.

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RPA Assembly 2016: Join the Discussion to Ensure a Thriving NYC Metro Region

Monday, April 18th, 2016
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Join the Regional Plan Association on May 6 for RPA’s Assembly, a day of engaging discussion about the best ways to address issues including the crisis of affordability, threats to our coastlines, deteriorating infrastructure and pressures on our quality of life.

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San Diego, CA: Fixing a Broken Intersection in City Heights

Thursday, April 14th, 2016
San Diego, CA: Fixing a Broken Intersection in City Heights

District 9 Council Representative Rudy Vargas-Lima, confirmed that the City will move forward creating a “marked crosswalk” with “rectangular rapid flash beacons” and that the project is funded, but not scheduled at this time…The intersection falls just outside the El Cajon Mobility Study, an ongoing project to develop infrastructure improvements that benefit the Rapid Bus service and make the corridor more friendly to pedestrians and cyclists.

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Issuance of New Money Bonds Remains Low in Large U.S. Cities

Thursday, April 14th, 2016
Figure 1 New Money Issuances Hit a 24-Year Low in 2014

THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS
Cities in the United States play a substantial role in funding critical infrastructure with investments in capital projects such as roads, bridges, schools, and libraries. For example, all local governments accounted for 35 percent of total highway and transit spending from 2008 through 2012. To pay for these projects, cities often sell bonds on the municipal market.

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Best Complete Streets Policies of 2015

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
Figure 1: Number of Complete Streets policies nationwide, 2005–2015

SMART GROWTH AMERICA
In 2015, communities passed a total of 82 Complete Streets policies. These laws, resolutions, agency policies, and planning and design documents establish a process for selecting, funding, planning, designing, and building transportation projects that allow safe access for everyone, regardless of age, ability, income or ethnicity, and no matter how they travel.

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Bike-Share Stations in the U.S.

Friday, April 8th, 2016
FIGURE 1. Bike-Share Connectivity to Scheduled Public Transportation

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
BUREAU OF TRANSPORTATION STATISTICS
Bike-share systems typically operate independently of local transit authorities. However, most bike-share docking stations (86.3 percent) can be found near local public transportation stops (transit bus, commuter rail, heavy rail, light rail, and transit ferry). These locations offer modal choice and the opportunity to connect between modes. Transit bus is the most typical connection, with 84.2 percent (2,236) of bike-share stations located a block or less from a transit bus stop.

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Stalled Out: How Empty Parking Spaces Diminish Neighborhood Affordability

Thursday, April 7th, 2016
2-bedroom apartment vs. parking spaces

CENTER FOR NEIGHBORHOOD TECHNOLOGY
Late at night, when Chicago sleeps, apartment parking lots are at their peak usage. When CNT visited those lots and garages at 4:00 a.m., though, we found one third of the parking spaces sitting empty…This may not seem like a huge problem, but each indoor, underground parking space – one individual space – costs $37,300 to build. Multiply that by all of the spaces in the lot, and the price tag is huge. We think that wasted money and space should be allocated to housing instead.

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Nashville, TN: The NashvilleNext Comprehensive Plan

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
Nashville, TN: The NashvilleNext Comprehensive Plan

NashvilleNext, a three-year regional planning effort providing a 25-year vision for Metro Nashville/Davidson County, Tennessee, has been named recipient of the American Planning Association’s (APA) prestigious 2016 Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan.

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