I’m a democrat urbanist, and I care about…

October 26, 2012

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Election season is upon us so it’s time to transcribe some stereotypical partisan voices in my head. I’m a Democrat urbanist and I care about job creation, that national debt, the role of government, and energy and the environment. JOB CREATION I don’t mind if jobs are created by the expansion of government agencies. I want to see […]

Posted in: Events, Opinion

3 reasons to explore road privatization

October 25, 2012

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Americans are bombarded with rhetoric about the country’s failing transportation infrastructure. We hear horror stories about crumbling bridges, eroded pavement on highways, and a lack of sidewalks connecting communities. Peel away the partisan talking points and there is a common thread among most lobbying efforts: Government will own and operate some or all of the […]

Posted in: News + Trends, Opinion

the sad, sorry state of roads

October 4, 2012

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HT @ASCETweets The topic isn’t new. “Sad, sorry state of roads” will almost guarantee an acknowledgment by American Society of Engineers and other road building advocacy groups. I wish this particular article had a user-friendly comments section, because I think the reader debate would be quite lively. http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/In-Gear/2012/1002/The-sad-sorry-state-of-US-roads What I like is Richard Read’s parting […]

Posted in: Opinion

riding a bike is healthy until it kills you

October 4, 2012

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Do yourself a favor and watch this video from Casey Neistat. What starts out as a clip of him getting a ticket for not riding in the bike lane, morphs into a hilarious discovery of bike lane obstacles. You won’t regret watching this short video! Could have been worse…NYPD could have confiscated the camera…

When design manuals trump engineering judgment

October 2, 2012

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I recently drove past this example of conforming to road design manuals. Who needs common sense and engineering judgment when these manuals have all the answers?!

Posted in: Opinion, Photos + Videos

discussing contested streets, #JaneJacobs and more with planning students @VCU

October 2, 2012

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A friend teaches “Introduction to the City and Urban Development” at VCU. The bad news is that he’ll be out of town for the next class that focuses on city transportation. The good news is that I get to substitute for him. We’re going to watch and discuss Contested Streets, an excellent documentary freely available online. […]

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