Some items of note today:
Matt Johnson (GGW, Track Twenty-Nine) takes a closer look at Metro’s new 7000 series railcars. The ‘America’s Metro’ logo seems to have disappeared, and there are opportunities for a longitudinal seating arrangement.
Ed Glaeser looks at the role of historic preservation in limiting development in New York, and looks at the degree
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There’s a whole host of good stuff out there this weekend, covering the economy, smart growth, transit, high speed rail, and more:
Smart growth is nothing to fear: Roger Lewis aims to quiet the fears of Washington Post readers:
In fact, as new long-range plans are implemented in the coming decades, your
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The New York Times has a couple interesting pieces on transportation, one dealing with volcanoes and the other with booze.
First, the obligatory volcano story: Seth Stevenson thinks the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull and the subsequent shutdown of air travel across the continent offers an opportunity to really enjoy travel,
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Ed Glaeser, professor of economics at Harvard, chimes in on cities, density, and their economic value on the Economix blog:
But now humanity is marked more by concentration than by spread. In 2007, one-half of the world’s population became officially urban. One-third of Americans inhabit just 16
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Over the last few days, the Washington Post featured a number of streetcar pieces. First, Lisa Rein laid out the basis for the debate on overhead wires. The Post’s editorial board then chastised all the players to find a realistic and reasonable solution.
Today’s print edition features two pieces delving deeper into how streetcars fit into
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So says the Department of Defense:
The US military has warned that surplus oil production capacity could disappear within two years and there could be serious shortages by 2015 with a significant economic and political impact.
The energy crisis outlined in a Joint Operating Environment report from the US
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Several weeks ago, Colorado released an ambitious high speed rail plan. The $21 billion plan would feature two trunk lines: one running north-south connecting the cities along the Front Range, and the other running east-west along the I-70 corridor connecting Denver International to the state’s mountain ski resorts. Colorado’s ski resorts
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