Transportation and Infrastructure

Girl on the Train…to Manayunk

October 21, 2016 / Comments Off on Girl on the Train…to Manayunk

For almost ten years, I rode the Manayunk/Norristown SEPTA line from the Wissahickon train station to Suburban Station.  Last train car, the two-seater side, headphones on, and the whir of buildings out the window.  I recently moved to Center City, and that train ride is now a memory. I took the train one more time […]

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Generational Change in Car Usage

July 29, 2016 / Comments Off on Generational Change in Car Usage

In September 2015, the Washington Post wrote the obituary for “America’s fading car culture” entitled “Cruising toward Oblivion,” [i] echoing a June 2013 New York Times piece entitled “The End of Car Culture” which declared that, “America’s love affair with its vehicles seems to be cooling.” So imagine my surprise when I recently scrolled over […]

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Moving Cities: Copenhagen

June 3, 2016 / Comments Off on Moving Cities: Copenhagen

Denmark’s capital city, Copenhagen, is often touted as the poster child for the movement towards sustainable urbanism. It earned this superlative through its legacy of public investment and of prioritizing the elements that make a city livable, including a diverse and efficient transportation system with plentiful parks and public spaces. According to a pamphlet developed […]

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Moving Cities: Berlin

April 22, 2016 / Comments Off on Moving Cities: Berlin

Since the fall of the Wall in 1989, Berlin has emerged as one of Europe’s cutting edge intellectual, cultural, and economic centers. For anyone interested in the evolution of transportation and development patterns, visiting Berlin is a bargain: you can see two cities for the price of one. Following WWII, significant public and private capital […]

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Moving Cities: Denver

March 4, 2016 / Comments Off on Moving Cities: Denver

Last spring, people from around the world came to Denver for the 4/20 celebration of the one year anniversary of Colorado’s decision to make marijuana use legal. The 4/20 event was one that could not have been dreamed about 25 years prior. Yet there have been remarkable things happening in Denver. The formerly sleepy downtown […]

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DOT to award $500 million in TIGER grant in 2016

February 29, 2016 / Comments Off on DOT to award $500 million in TIGER grant in 2016

DOT is planning to award $500 million worth of grants to states for infrastructure construction projects. The grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to projects that will be selected from applications from state and local governments. Since 2009, the TIGER grant program has provided nearly $4.6 billion to 381 projects in all 50 […]

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