National Infrastructure Bank: What’s the Deal?
The collapse of the I-35 W Mississippi Bridge in Minneapolis in August 2007 coincided with Senators Dodd and Hagel submitting the National Infrastructure Bank Act. Photo by intersubjectiv.
The idea of a National Infrastructure Bank has been kicking around in the news lately, touted by leaders such as President Obama in his Tuesday jobs speech, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood at yesterday’s Brookings Institution event on infrastructure investment ...
Pedaling Toward National Bicycle Planning Guidelines
Pedaling Toward National Bicycle Planning Guidelines
Last night in Washington, DC, the Brookings Institution and the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) kicked off Cities for Cycling, a new effort to catalog, promote and implement the world’s best bicycle transportation practices in American municipalities. As ...
Can Maryland Curb the Red Dots?
Can Maryland Curb the Red Dots?
What’s the state of Maryland’s Jerseyfication? I pulled these two great images off of a Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) document called “Growth and Land Use Trends.” They both foresee Maryland’s population reaching 6.7 million people by 2030 – or ...
On "The Specter of Condemnation" and America's Full Metropolises
The right not to have one’s property taken for purposes other than “public use” is one of the most basic rights afforded to American citizens in the US Constitution. Eminent domain helped build the public infrastructure that moves and powers ...
“Hybrids” Rule Philippines Streets! – Part 1
“Hybrids” Rule Philippines Streets! – Part 1
Originally posted at Air Quality, Climate Change, and Transport: ‘Josephine Guittu ‘drives a Hybrid for living in Manila. In case if you are wondering if he has cracked the “technology” barrier to own a cheap non polluting vehicle then you ...
US DOT Secretary Ray LaHood at Brookings on Infrastructure
Current project funded by stimulus money in Laurel, Maryland.
I just returned from a Brookings Institution event on infrastructure investment, economic growth, and jobs. The talk included a great cast of academics, politicians, transportation officials and journalists. This came just two days after President Obama’s high-profile jobs speech at ...
Transit Agencies Need to Invest in Marketing: A Lesson from Los Angeles
Transit Agencies Need to Invest in Marketing: A Lesson from Los Angeles
Los Angeles' Metro is doing something that no transit agency in the country has ever done: it's marketing its products and services as if it were a private company bent on turning a profit. But for Metro marketing isn't about increasing the bottom line. It's about reducing traffic, cleaning the air and making people's commutes in this auto-clogged city a bit less stressful.
Bicycle Film Festival in DC December 4-5
Bicycle Film Festival in DC December 4-5
Check out this great event coming to DC Friday and Saturday!
On “The Specter of Condemnation” and America’s Full Metropolises
Austin L. Spriggs declined repeatedly to sell his aging rowhouse on Massachusetts Ave. in norwest Washington, DC to a condo developer. He ultimately held on to his property after it clung to the edge of a massive construction crater four stories deep. A condominium now wraps around the building on three sides and tower above it. Photo courtesy of the Washington Post.
The right not to have one’s property taken for purposes other than “public use” is one of the most basic rights afforded to American citizens in the US Constitution. Eminent domain helped build the public infrastructure that moves and powers ...
DDOT Contemplates M Street Separated Bike Lane Near Baseball Stadium
Looking at M Street, SE from First Street. Flickr photo courtesy of Pak Gwei.
With so much attention focused on the 15th Street protected contraflow bike lane, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that this is just the first of several low cost separated bike lanes that DDOT is looking to install ...