Paul Krugman (admittedly one of my favorite columnists and definitely my favorite economist) publicizes new economic analyses that show that we CAN afford to significantly reduce emissions and even prosper while doing so. Far from having to “live in the dark and freeze,” as threatened by the Koch Bros misinformation machine, a move to renewable […]
Why I let my children walk to the corner store — and why other parents should, too – The Washington Post. When my son, Gehron, turned 5, he insisted on walking the 3 blocks to kindergarten by himself. Why not? it was his neighborhood school, his mom worked there and he’d been walking those 3 […]
London air pollution: which mode of transport has the highest exposure? – video | Environment | The Guardian. Study done in London shows less exposure to traffic fumes for cyclists than for car drivers or bus riders. Plus, cycling reduces air pollution in the first place.
This morning, at a sparsely attended talk sponsored by Urban Land Institute, Gabe Klein, former transportation director of Chicago and DC, spoke of the “end of parking” coming about by car (and bike) sharing and self driving vehicle technology. These two developments have the potential to make parking demand collapse, according to Klein.
In the debates over extending transit systems such as light rail and bus rapid transit lines you will hear repeated over and over again how Americans just don’t use transit. They love their cars. They want freedom and convenience that transit can’t provide.
On the other side, transit advocates speak about how transit use reduces pollution and congestion.
Despite the noise and fury around light rail and the now-fading Columbia River Crossing idea–and, yes, Commissioner Madore’s out-of-left-field idea to link the booming metropolises of Camas and Troutdale, the majority of respondents to a poll in the Columbian still say that fixing the I-5 Bridge is the key Clark County transportation challenge.
“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” Julius Caesar (I, ii, 140-141) In the conclusion of a series on the growing gap between the rich and the rest of us in the US, economist Joseph Stiglitz lays out the case that this is the result of […]
With all the press running around Brazil looking for something to write about other than Suarez’ biting habit, Sam Borden of the NY Times stumbled upon an Open Street in Såo Paolo.
More Intelligent Life
Going by the unfortunate acronym of THUD, the Senate “Transportation and Housing and Urban Development” legislation brings us more of the same old thinking that typified the previous transportation funding bills such as SAFETEA-LU and numerous stopgap funding measures of the past few years. It seems that the Congress has abandoned the idea that a […]
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