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Archive for the ‘Urban Planning’ Category

Rescue and Renew: Addressing the NYC Metropolitan Area’s Infrastructure Crisis

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
Infrastructure Crisis in New York City

We must act now. Our entire metropolitan economy is at risk if we fail to do a better job of maintaining, modernizing, and expanding our key regional infrastructure networks, including roads, bridges, railroads, subways, and airports. A number of themes and key issues emerged from these forums.

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Delivering Urban Resilience

Monday, February 19th, 2018
Urban resilience - things low income communities have in common

CAPITAL E Costs and benefits of city-wide adoption of smart surfaces across Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and El Paso to strengthen resilience, improve health and livability, reduce urban inequality, and slow global warming while saving billions of dollars. Executive Summary Cities can increase resilience, improve health and comfort, expand jobs and slow global warming through smart […]

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The Economist: Could Wooden Skyscrapers Be the Future for Cities?

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Wooden skyscrapers are an ambitious and innovative solution to the problems posed by urbanisation. Not only are they faster to build, they have smaller carbon footprints than high-rises made of concrete and steel.

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Global Traffic Scorecard

Monday, February 12th, 2018
Worldwide Traffic Study - Global Traffic Scorecard - INRIX research

The INRIX 2017 Traffic Scorecard is the largest and most detailed study of congestion to date. It includes data on 1,360 cities in 38 countries covering more than 100,000 square miles (250,000 square kilometers) of road and focuses on congestion across all times of the day and week. It confirms, as previous INRIX Traffic Scorecards have found, that congestion is a significant and growing burden on our cities. It is clear that congestion is a global phenomenon, and impacts businesses as well as commuters, small cities as well as large ones and developing as well as developed economies.

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Cleveland, OH: Tour the Streets of Cleveland

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

A driving tour of some of my favorite streets from my trip to downtown Cleveland

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The State of Public & Private Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

Thursday, January 18th, 2018
Survey: Are you looking to buy a plug-in vehicle in the next 12 months?

This report looks at the current state of the plug-in vehicle charging landscape within the context of the broader transition from internal combustion vehicles to plug-in vehicles. EVSE deployments and sales largely track with the sales of plug-in vehicles, so we will briefly touch on the broader transition to plug-in battery electric vehicles and how the transition is progressing around the world to set the stage for the EVSE discussion.

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Delaware: Planning for Autonomous Vehicle Impacts

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Video from Delaware DOT outlines the different levels of autonomy in vehicles, and the changes that Delaware will have to make in order to accommodate AVs in the near future.

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2017: The Year in Infrastructure

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018
2017: The Year in Infrastructure

2017 was, by many accounts, a turbulent year. Infrastructure was no exception.

Whether due to new political paradigms, unprecedented natural disasters or new funding opportunities, American infrastructure faced a wide range of challenges throughout the year. Here, we recount some of the key infra topics that shaped discussion–and action–in 2017.

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The Future of Equity in Cities: Infrastructure

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018
The Future of Equity in Cities - Mobility and Infrastructure

NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES In order to examine factors at the nexus of equity, mobility and technology, we analyzed long range transportation plans from the 50 largest U.S. cities. In 19 of these cities, there were up-to-date (adopted after 2010) municipal transportation plans available. The remaining plans in the analysis are regional long-range transportation plans. Mobility […]

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Resilience and efficiency in transportation networks

Friday, December 29th, 2017
Fig. 1. Definition of urban areas and assignment of nodes’ population.

It is widely understood that roadway infrastructure is expensive, both in acquiring land for rights-of-way and in construction of improvements, and thus, decisions regarding alignment, crossing, and access made over a period of decades may have long-lasting consequences that are observable in traffic data today. Consequently, urban areas exhibit different unintentional traffic characteristics, including delays under normal and random stress conditions. Investments motivated exclusively by expected efficiencies under normal operating conditions are unreliable safeguards against loss of efficiency under stress conditions. Therefore, new analytic tools are required that allow designers to assess the adaptive capacity of roadway infrastructure and assess the potential of new investments to provide enhanced resilience.

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