Transportation roundup 12/1/14

| December 1, 2014 writes an admiring article about how Phoenix made transit-oriented development work for its residents, cutting emissions and resulting in overall lower transportation costs. Even in a spread-out city that features with 120-degree heat and a longstanding car culture.

Phoenix light rail

Phoenix shows that careful transit-oriented development can work in places where it appears unlikely to succeed. From Michael Ruiz.

Paper from the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health discusses the areas where climate change mitigation and citizens’ perceived well-being dovetail. It’s an interesting set of issues that will have to be explored more fully as the public revolt against carbon taxes and cap-and-trade schemes continues.

Oddly, this week has seen a chorus of post-election complaints from cities and states around the U.S. about how they need more money to fund transportation. The D.C. Metro is one of them. Despite what is generally thought to be a very successful opening of the Silver Line connecting Tysons Corner with the downtown capital, the Metro says that Washington-area jurisdictions are going to have to pump up their subsidies by 10% in order to avert service cuts.

City Commentary writes about chicken-and-egg problems in analyses of happiness as correlated with built environment – specifically, research that showed that suburbanites are happier.

The Boston Globe writes about an American Sociological Review study that shows that gentrification doesn’t encourage racial mixing, it reinforces segregation. This is a well-worn story, but the interesting thing here is the study’s methodology, which used Google Street View to look for broken-windows markers like graffiti, correlating them with census data.

Millennials may not prefer urban living and less driving because they just do – their well-established preferences may come from where they were forced to live as a result of their dimmer economic prospects, says the California Planning & Development Report.

Private parking garages in Chicago have been hacked, says the Chicago Tribune, leaving users’ credit card data in the hands of an “unauthorized person.”

Don’t kid yourself – parking lot rage is a real thing, and it’s happening more often.

State DOTs have some news, too:


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