Category Archives: Passenger rail

Why not a midwinter Smart Commute?


I cannot think of a better way to demonstrate the powerful benefits of Smart Commute, than to highlight its potential during the winter months as well as during fair weather. Most, if not all Smart Commute events seem to be … Continue reading

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“Bikenomics” – a landmark planning book!


Certain books become a classic in their field of study because of their comprehensive nature (i.e. The City in History). Others do from their advocacy and groundbreaking nature (i.e. Silent Spring).  In the case of Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy, both of … Continue reading

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Turning bold visions into reality


Kudos to Planning magazine for an insightful and interesting article in the January 2014 edition on the Atlanta BeltLine. Entitled, “Emerald Necklace, Southern Style,” author Alexander Garvin provides a terrific summary of this project by means of an excerpt from … Continue reading

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Reenergizing first-tier suburbs


While there is generally more press about the decline of many of our post-industrial cities, there are a number of first-tier suburbs that struggle economically as well. In fact, as many older inner cities have seen a millennial generation revival, … Continue reading

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This is what great planning is all about!


Anyone remotely interested in urban planning, revitalization, hiking, kayaking, bicycling, history, civics, urban design, community spirit, canals, economic development, the environment, or cities in general should download and listen to the November 19, 2013 podcast and powerpoint presentation of Tuesdays … Continue reading

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“Borderline states” – largest percentage of out-of-state workers


The following “borderline states” lead the nation in the percentage of their work force who live in another state. The District of Columbia is an obvious location commuting from out of the district and into the City of Washington. Likewise, … Continue reading

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Feck the straight-line mindset!


Please excuse me for utilizing the Irish version of a well-known four-letter profanity. It was picked up while visiting that lovely island last month. The milder term “feck” seemed to be the most appropriate word for titling this post with … Continue reading

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Ten lessons from Dublin, Glasgow, and Manchester


The following post is a variation of a post written for rustwire.com, which was published earlier this week. I’ve had the distinct privilege and honor of visiting the great cities of Dublin, Ireland; Glasgow, Scotland; and Manchester, England over the … Continue reading

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Some thoughts from E’ireann


As Kathy and I wrap up our weeklong trip the emerald island, I had some thoughts to pass along. If you have the opportunity to visit Ireland, absolutely do it! What a wonderful and friendly nation. The people are extremely … Continue reading

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Stop toying with AMTRAK funding, dammit!


I am so sick and tired of the conservative element in Congress annually trying to defund all or part of AMTRAK. Who are these fools? AMTRAK is regularly setting records for ridership and they want to reduce funding – approximately … Continue reading

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