Infrastructure

The State of High-Speed, Intercity Rail

June 14, 2024 / Comments Off on The State of High-Speed, Intercity Rail

The implementation of high-speed rail (HSR) networks can greatly reduce the travel time between big cities, with the optimal travel distance ranging from around 100 to 500 miles. However, in addition to its most intuitive use, intercity travel, HSR can also be used for daily commuting. It’s fast, reliable, frequent, and riders are free from […]

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A Delaware Canal for the 21st Century

June 23, 2023 / Comments Off on A Delaware Canal for the 21st Century

The Delaware Canal, a historically significant, defunct industrial canal system, ties together multiple jurisdictions having shared challenges with the 190-year-old, dilapidated infrastructure. Following three consecutive years of devastating flooding of the adjacent Delaware River, critical obstacles to repairing flood damage came into sharp relief—as did an opportunity to develop a resilient stormwater management infrastructure improvement, […]

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Smart Water Management and the Future of Cities with Dr. Allison Lassiter

August 26, 2022 / Comments Off on Smart Water Management and the Future of Cities with Dr. Allison Lassiter

Climate change poses challenging and potentially catastrophic disruptions with rising sea levels and consequential flooding in coastal communities around the world. Our already strained and vulnerable water systems will need to be restructured as we think about how to better prepare our cities for climate adaptation. Today in Present Value, we had the opportunity to […]

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Opinion: Why Climate Resiliency isn’t Always Equitable

July 22, 2022 / Comments Off on Opinion: Why Climate Resiliency isn’t Always Equitable

As we enter in the hottest part of summer with record breaking temperatures and devastating floods, I am often left questioning just how fruitful our climate adaptation plans and designs really are. The conversation surrounding climate change has largely moved away from the urgent calls to action and climate change prevention, and instead to intervention […]

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The Impacts of East Central Wisconsin’s Bike and Pedestrian Facilities on the Regional Economy

July 13, 2022 / Comments Off on The Impacts of East Central Wisconsin’s Bike and Pedestrian Facilities on the Regional Economy

Bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure networks provide valuable economic, environmental, and public health benefits to the communities they serve. However, these impacts are often understated or overlooked when considering investment of these networks within communities. East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (ECWRPC), based out of Menasha, WI, serves as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the […]

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Financing Green Infrastructure: Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

June 23, 2022 / Comments Off on Financing Green Infrastructure: Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Communities in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and across the nation are deploying green infrastructure to manage stormwater and provide economic, environmental, and social benefits for residents. Large cities such as Baltimore, Washington, and Philadelphia are leaders in the use of green infrastructure to 1) fulfill regulatory mandates (i.e., reducing combined sanitary-storm sewer overflows, or CSO) […]

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