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'Sticks' and 'Carrots' Required to Build a Mature Transportation System

Planetizen - 27 min 28 sec ago
Gabe Klein says cities can do a better job providing mobility by focusing on the sticks and carrots of transportation—improving transportation options and creating disincentives to driving, respectively.
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Travel Back in Time with Google Street View

Planetizen - 1 hour 27 min ago
Clear your schedule: a new feature on Google Street View allows users to click through images from the past.
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Engage; Don’t Rage: Use a Design Charrette to Negotiate Your Next Development Proposal

Planetizen - 2 hours 27 min ago
Despite the investments required of a design charrette, Robert Freedman makes the case that the process can save time and money on complex projects by way of three primary benefits.
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Recovery of Washington Mudslide Area Turns to State Highway

Planetizen - 3 hours 27 min ago
On the one month anniversary of the mudside that wiped out much of Oso, Wash., President Obama came to tour the devastation. The death toll stands at 41, with two missing. Restoring the region's economic lifeline, state Route 530, is top priority.
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The “Get Out Of Jail Free” Card Strikes Again

Streetblog Top Picks - 4 hours 19 min ago
By Rick Bernardi I’ve been car-free since 2002, when a teen driver slammed her daddy’s SUV into my car, while I was stopped at a red light (The first words she said when she got out of her ute were “I’m such a bad driver, this is the second time I’ve done this.” The second words […]
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A Shot Across the Bow of the Shared Economy

Planetizen - 4 hours 27 min ago
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman penned an op-ed for the New York Times that specifically calls out Airbnb and Uber—two companies at the forefront of calls to regulate the emerging sharing economy.
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Seattle Area Voters Resoundingly Reject Transit Initiative

Planetizen - 5 hours 27 min ago
With 55 per cent of the vote, King County voters on April 22 opposed increasing their sales tax by one-tenth of one per cent and increasing an annual auto registration fee by $60. 72 Metro Transit bus routes will be eliminated.
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Transportation Considerations for Aging Populations

Planetizen - 6 hours 27 min ago
An article on PlannersWeb details the considerations relevant to the needs of people over 65, who are growing more multi-modal and car-independent every year.
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What Millennials Want: A Multi-Modal City

Planetizen - 7 hours 27 min ago
A recent study finds evidence of an overwhelming desire by Millennials to live multi-modal, car-lite lifestyles. They're even prepared to move to find what they want.
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Venetian Causeway to be shut down – your input needed!

Transit Miami - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:37pm

Some of you may have heard that the Venetian Causeway will be shut down for an extended period of time. Head on over to the Belle Isle Blog for more background information.

The upshot is that due to lack of maintenance (before you place blame fully at the people at Public Works and Waste Management, consider that the political leadership in Miami continues to push for lower taxes and this is pretty much what you end up getting), the westernmost part of the bridge must be demolished and replaced. The problems surfaced when a Miami Dade County bus crossed the Venetian Causeway and got stuck and a hole opened up. After a brief closure, new weight limits mean that County buses are unable to cross the Causeway, leading to a increases in travel times for those working on the islands.

The bridge won’t be closed for another four to six months and will then be shut down to all traffic for about six to nine months. This report was confirmed at a recent meeting with Public Works and Waste Management department staff. And given the track record of recent projects, things must be going well. Residents, visitors and workers (some of whom may not have another means of transport) use the Venetian Causeway as the only viable – as in not completely unsafe – option to access South Beach. The other two options – the MacArthur Causeway and the Julia Tuttle Causeway managed by the Florida Department of Transportation – are not recommended routes, despite FDOT having put bike lanes on them (we have asked FDOT District 6 head Gus Pego to bike those routes with us to show that he considers them safe, so far he hasn’t taken us up on the offer). Add the current construction project on the MacArthur and the convoluted access to the sidewalk that leads to the bike lane on the mainland side as well as our usual crazy Miami drivers and making the trip by bike increases your chances of serious injury or fatality to an unacceptable degree (as if the current situation wasn’t already bad enough).

We suggest that the County do the following:

  • provide options for those unable to get to Miami Beach by increasing bus service to Miami Beach and the islands by way of Miami Beach;
  • consider adding trailers to buses so that those needing to go to Miami Beach do not have expose themselves to the dangers of either the Tuttle or the MacArthur Causeway (for examples, look here, here and here - and yes, being able to lock bikes would be good, this is Miami after all); and
  • keep the public informed on the progress of the construction and the available transportation options.

We would like to find out what other – serious – ideas you have that the County could take up. Please feel free to add comments or send us an email.


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Big Data’s Victory Over Anonymity

Planetizen - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 4:00pm
A writer laments the advances made by data collection in cities—once a location where people could maintain or seek anonymity.
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Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Candid Take on the Foreclosure Crisis

Planetizen - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 3:00pm
The Boston Globe provides an excerpt from the new book by Senator Elizabeth Warren, wherein she recounts her troubled reaction to a conversation with then Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
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'A Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles' Elevates Public Health Among Planning Priorities

Planetizen - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 2:00pm
Available for public comment until May 13, Los Angeles is considering a new Health and Wellness Element for its General Plan, called “A Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles.” It’s an ambitious document for a large and diverse city.
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Will the Neil deGrasse Tyson of Planning Please Stand Up?

Planetizen - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 1:00pm
Do you have to be a “plannerd” to think planning is cool? Is there a planner alive who can bridge the divide between the mysteries of planning and general public interest? One writer dares to hope.
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New York City's Most Serious Pollution Continues to Plague its Residents

Planetizen - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:00pm
Imagine living high above Manhattan but unable to open your windows because of soot-laden smoke from surrounding buildings. Toxic emissions from burning dirty heating oil continues despite a 2011 law requiring conversion to a cleaner fuel.
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Meet the Creek that Splits the United States in Half

Planetizen - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:00am
Move over Panama Canal, there’s another waterway that connects one side of the continent to the other. These waters part ways in Wyoming.
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The Who, What, Where, Why and How of Washington, D.C.'s Capital Bikeshare

Planetizen - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:00am
Few transportation projects have transformed D.C. as thoroughly as Capital Bikeshare. From humble beginnings in 2010 with fewer than 50 stations, there are now over three hundred stations and 2500 bikes spread across the city.
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How will the Physical Urban Environment be Affected by Obamacare?

Planetizen - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 9:00am
Los Angeles County planner Clement Lau discusses what the Affordable Care Act means for hospital construction, design, and expansion.
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A Brief History of Your Neighborhood

Planetizen - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 8:00am
While some contend that our communities are sculpted by an unfettered free market, there are a variety of programs and policies that underwrite the costs of poorly planned development. "A Brief History of Your Neighborhood" examines a few.
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Which Cities Get to Work Early (or Late)?

Planetizen - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 7:00am
According to new analysis by Nate Silver, New York City might be more aptly described as the city that sleeps in.
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