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The Complete Business Case for Converting Street Parking Into Bike Lanes

Studies of economic impacts of bicycle lanes indicate that replacing on-street parking with a bike lane has little to no impact on local business, and in some cases might even increase business. While cyclists tend to spend less per shopping trip than d… more »
News, parking, streets, bicycle –  Mar. 27, 2015



Janette Sadik-Khan: New York's Streets? Not So Mean Any More

In this thought-provoking and humorous talk, former commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation Janette Sadik-Khan shares projects that have reshaped street life in the five boroughs, including pedestrian zones in Times Square, high-performance… more »
News, New York, streets, transportation –  Mar. 27, 2015



Portland’s East Bayside Selected for $200,000 Planning Grant

The Greater Portland Council of Governments was selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to receive a $200,000 Brownfield Area-Wide Planning Grant. That money will be used to plan the future of East Bayside, a once-industrial area on the fri… more »
News, urbanism, Community, Development, industrial –  Mar. 26, 2015



Veteran St. Louis City Planner Dale Ruthsatz Reflects on 50 Years of Development

Fifty years ago, St. Louis city planner Dale Ruthsatz went to work to help redevelop the city of St. Louis. That was the year the city's Arch was topped off. Today, he reflects on the past 50 years of development in St. Louis and makes predictions for t… more »
News, City Planning, Development –  Mar. 25, 2015



Transportation’s Missing Middle: The Era of Microtransit

Transportation has a Goldilocks problem. At one end, there is “this mode is too solo:” the single traveler in a space-gobbling automobile. At the other, high dollar, we have “this mode is too big:” either high dollar, fixed guide-way public transit or h… more »
News, transportation, transit –  Mar. 24, 2015



Why Do Old Places Matter? Community

​Old places foster community. Old communities are often the places where people share a common space, a common experience, and a shared sense of what the space means to them. People in a community share a sense of its identity and character, which… more »
News, Community –  Mar. 23, 2015



In L.A., Now You Can Use City Land For A Free Vegetable Garden

​Four years ago, Ron Finley was given an arrest warrant for planting carrots. Finley, who lives in South Central L.A., was tired of driving miles to find healthy food, so he'd planted a vegetable garden in the strip of city-owned land between th… more »
News, food, Garden –  Mar. 20, 2015



Eight ‘Communities of Opportunity’ Will Strengthen Links Between Farmers and Consumers

The American Farmland Trust recently announced that eight communities across the country will receive training and assistance to link family farmers and local residents who lack access to healthy food as part of its Growing Food Connections (GFC) progra… more »
News, Farming, food –  Mar. 20, 2015



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