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Posts Tagged ‘PA’

The Urban Infrastructure Initiative: Final Report

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Figure 2: Growth of proportion of the population residing in urban areas by region (1950 to 2050)

WORLD BUSINESS COUNCIL FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Today, more than half of the planet’s inhabitants are living in urban areas. By 2050, more than 70 % of the global population will live in cities. The scale and pace of urbanization in the coming decades is unprecedented in human history. The battle for sustainable development will therefore be won and lost in cities. Cities already consume up to 80 % of global material and energy supplies and produce around 75 % of carbon emissions. With current energy- and resource-intensive modes of urban development, the addition of 3 billion more city-dwellers by 2050 is likely to significantly exceed the ecological carrying capacity of the planet.

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Pennsylvania Turnpike: Culvert Jacking to Minimize Traffic Effects

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Pennsylvania Turnpike: Culvert Jacking to Minimize Traffic Effects

This culvert jacking was part of Section B (Mainline Toll Plaza in Bensalem) for the Pennsylvania Turnpike / I-95 Interchange Project. The jacking occurred below I-276 as traffic flowed from the above highway, minimizing impacts to traffic. Urban Engineers (www.urbanengineers.com) is providing Construction Management for this project.

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Business Performance in Walkable Shopping Areas

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
Pedestrian-Friendly Neighborhoods: Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia & Upper West Side, NYC

ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION
Walkable commercial districts are a key component of communities that promote active living. Walking has great health benefits, including helping people maintain a healthy weight. This report examines whether there are also economic benefits to businesses in walkable communities. The study consisted of a meta-analysis of 70 studies and articles. However, there have been few studies that address economic performance directly and the author conducted an exploratory study of 15 walkable shopping areas judged as successful to examine the sources of success.

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Exaggerating the Employment Impacts of Shale Drilling: How and Why

Friday, November 29th, 2013
The Utica underlies the Marcellus in many areas, coming closer to the surface in eastern Ohio,

MULTI-STATE SHALE RESEARCH COLLABORATIVE
Over the last five years, firms with an economic interest in the expansion of drilling in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations — and their allies, supporters, and trade associations — have used a variety of tools and techniques to exaggerate the employment impacts of shale drilling. These strategies have ranged from the use of inappropriate measures, such as data on new hires, to represent job growth to the misleading attribution of all jobs in “ancillary” industries to the shale industry.

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Pennsylvania Governor Signs $2.3 Billion Transportation Bill

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Pennsylvania Governor Signs $2.3 Billion Transportation Bill

On November 25th, 2013, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed the $2.3 billion transportation bill.
-UrbanEngineersInc on YouTube

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Fracking’s Water Footprint in West Virginia and Pennsylvania

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Figure 1: Horizontal Marcellus gas well permits in West Virginia and Pennsylvania

DOWNSTREAM STRATEGIES
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
This report focuses on the extraction of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. While conventional gas production has been conducted here for decades, unconventional wells that utilize advances in horizontal drilling have grown considerably more common in the past decade. Nearly nine thousand horizontal Marcellus Shale natural gas wells have been permitted in these two states from 2005 to 2012, and more than eleven thousand such wells will likely be permitted by the end of 2013.

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Pittsburgh’s Hot Metal Bridge: Majestic Bike Infrastructure

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
Pittsburgh’s Hot Metal Bridge: Majestic Bike Infrastructure

-Streetfilms on Vimeo

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Philadelphia, PA: EveryoneOn Launch

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

EveryoneOn launches in Philadelphia from Knight Foundation on Vimeo. In an attempt to level the digital playing field, especially for the 41% of Philadelphians who don’t have home Internet access, yesterday, EveryoneOn had its local launch in Philadelphia. The campaign, also recently launched in Charlotte and other US cities, aims to connect Americans to free […]

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Reactions to the ASCE 2013 Report Card on America’s Infrastructure

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

 Transportation for America’s Director James Corless: “Our country’s association of civil engineers continues to do the yeoman’s work of sounding the alarm on our country’s infrastructure — the roads, rails and waterways that we depend on to move our goods from place to place and get us where we need to go each day. But […]

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Philadelphia, PA: Life In The Bike Lane

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Life In The Bike Lane from Adam Cohen on Vimeo.

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