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Does smart technology make for dumber cities?

Does smart technology make for dumber cities?

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Our smart cities are perhaps too intelligent for our own good, argues The Guardian in a recent editorial. The data collection that both characterizes a smart city and makes life more seamless within such a city is a mixed blessing: While data is changing life from the street up, who — or what agency — […]

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Transportation roundup 12/18/14

Transportation roundup 12/18/14

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Streets & Highways Why the Road to Ferguson Was a Freeway // Time America’s 10 best new bike lanes of 2014 // People for Bikes Public Transportation Use Up A Bit In Third Quarter // Roll Call Atlanta’s Transit Bickering Has Got to Stop Right Now – Transit Talk // Curbed Atlanta Trip Generation for Smart Growth Projects // Access […]

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Uber & the sharing economy

Uber & the sharing economy

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Is there a busier job than damage control at Uber? Let’s take a quick look at Uber’s recent public relations disasters: In the middle of a hostage crisis in Sydney that ended in three deaths, the company instituted surge pricing. Even though the pricing rose automatically rather than at the behest of a rapacious executive, the […]

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Transportation roundup 12/17/14

Transportation roundup 12/17/14

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Streets & highways Senate Approves New Auto Safety Chief // New York Times Seattle’s unbelievable transportation megaproject fustercluck // Grist What Is a Suburb, Anyway? // The American Conservative Popular Planning Manual Recommends Too Many Roads // CityLab Dangerously uninformed [re: auto insurance companies] // Better Cities and Towns ODOT’s Barbur Blvd lane closure analysis finds 1 minute […]

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EIA: Gas prices don’t affect miles traveled

EIA: Gas prices don’t affect miles traveled

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

The price of gas has little impact on how much people travel by car, reports the U.S. Energy Information Administration, though Americans certainly seem to think it does. Gas is a “relatively inelastic product,” which means that price drops (or hikes) don’t influence demand much. The EIA’s report may run counter to commonly held logic, […]

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Transportation roundup 12/16/14

Transportation roundup 12/16/14

| December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Streets & Highways Neighborhood Designs Can Cut Carbon Emissions, Electric Costs // University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences via Newswise Congress Passes Spending Omnibus: A Look at Key Planning Programs // Policy News For Planners We May Soon Be Able to Track Exactly How Badly Corporate Tax Breaks Fail Cities // Next City Can You Stop […]

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Why traffic estimates are ultra-important

Why traffic estimates are ultra-important

| December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Urban planners, engineers and policymakers use traffic projections to settle everything from how many parking spaces a property needs to whether to widen roads, lengthen signal cycles or reduce housing or retail plans. What would happen if these estimates were faulty? Funds would be diverted from projects that really need them. Housing costs could rise. And new developments would […]

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Transportation roundup 12/12/14

Transportation roundup 12/12/14

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Parking What kind of parking policy is good for downtown St. Paul? // Minn Post City says contractor “mix-up” led to parking meters in a bike lane, and they will be removed // Dallas Morning News Boston-Based Parking App SPOT Launches After Securing Almost $1M in Funding // BostInno SWARCO electrifies car sharing in South Baden, […]

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What to do about Montana’s record of traffic fatalities?

What to do about Montana’s record of traffic fatalities?

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Montana recently launched Toward Zero Deaths, an inter-state program designed to make the “highway system free of fatalities,” as well Vision Zero, another safety program. The programs are each raising questions about high highway speed limits in the state, where 2,309 people have died in vehicle crashes over the last decade. In cities like Boston, New York, and San […]

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Caltrans scrambles to keep up with transportation trends

Caltrans scrambles to keep up with transportation trends

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

SNL’s “The Californians” pokes fun at the Golden State’s obsession with freeways and car culture, but the show’s writers may have to revise their scripts. Californians are walking and biking twice as much as they did ten years ago, according to the most recent household survey conducted by the California Department of Transportation. Caltrans, as […]

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Transportation roundup 12/11/14

Transportation roundup 12/11/14

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Streets & Highways Spending Bill Increases Mass Transit Funding // Roll Call Highway Funds Fall Low Enough That Republicans Seek Taxes // Bloomberg MTA Warns Cyclists Not To Crash Into Buses // Gothamist Nissan Recalls 470,000 Vehicles Over Fuel Leaks // New York Times Is Lyft Too Cute to Fight Uber? // New York Times Secrets of Congestion-Busting Cities […]

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