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Redesign for Seattle's Notoriously Unsafe 2nd Avenue Bike Lane

"The Seattle Department of Transportation released their proposed redesign for 2 nd  Avenue; a demonstration project that will transform the bike lane from a dangerous one-way bike lane sandwiched between parked cars and traffic to a two-way 'cycle track' ... [Published Planetizen - 1 hour ago]
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Tar Sands Rebellion in Maine Port City

The city council of South Portland  (pop. 25,000) voted 6-1 on July 21 to pass the Clear Skies Ordinance [ PDF ] that "prohibits the bulk loading of crude oil onto marine tank vessels," said Mayor Jerry Jalbert . Susan Sharon , deputy news director of ... [Published Planetizen - 2 hours ago]
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Ranking the Best (and Worst) Cities for Recreation

Richie Bernardo explains the purpose and methodology of the rankings: "In an effort to educate Americans on the value of an active lifestyle and the importance of public open spaces in their communities and finances, WalletHub compared the 100 largest ... [Published Planetizen - 2 hours ago]
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Does Too-Plentiful Parking Spark Wild Parties at Chicago's Montrose Beach?

John Keilman reports on responses to a "massive, illegal party" at the Montrose Beach earlier in July. Much of the discussion was provoked when "Ald. James Cappleman, 46th, said [the party] was enabled by the relatively plentiful parking nearby."Much ... [Published Planetizen - 4 hours ago]
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Can Kentucky Compete in an Urbanizing, Global Economy?

Lammers's dispatch focuses on the presentation of Ted Abernathy, managing partner of Economic Leadership LLC, who "provided some insight on how Kentucky's work force can keep up with the rest of the country and world."For instance, compared with the rest ... [Published Planetizen - 5 hours ago]
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Arizona Residents Ditching Cars, Taking Transit

Angie Schmitt shares new of a new report, " Bikes, Trains, and Less Driving  [pdf]," by the Arizona Public Interest Research Group.Here's how the report sums up its findings: "Between 2005-2012, Arizona saw a 10.5 percent decline in annual vehicle miles ... [Published Planetizen - 6 hours ago]
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Feel Like Singing? Here's 11 Transportation-Themed Show Tunes

The likes of Barbara Streisand, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, and, yes, John Travolta, have all lent their voices to the chorus in praise of transportation in musicals that transport the narrative by "car, boat, train, plane or surrey with a fringe on ... [Published Planetizen - 8 hours ago]
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Pending Financial Deal Would Expand Citi Bike in New York City

"Citi Bike and its operator stand to get tens of millions of dollars to expand New York's popular bicycle-sharing program in a deal that could close within a week," reports Andrew Tangel."REQX Ventures, an affiliate of real-estate giant Related Cos., ... [Published Planetizen - 11 hours ago]
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San Francisco Considering Property Tax Break for Urban Gardens

"Until now, the city has given few incentives to would-be urban garden developers. But a new proposal before the Board of Supervisors would create what’s called an Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone for property owners willing to convert their empty lots ... [Published Planetizen - 18 hours ago]
First reported Jul 24 2014 - Updated Jul 24 2014 - 1 reports

New Jersey Addressing Nation-Leading 'College Flight'

"New Jersey continues to be the state with the largest 'brain drain' of college students," according to the post. The article cites new data released by the National Center for Education Statistics ."More than 30,000 New Jerseyans leave the state to attend ... [Published Planetizen - Jul 24 2014]
First reported Jul 24 2014 - Updated Jul 24 2014 - 1 reports

The Value of Fast Transit—Under Construction in Paris

According to Yonah Freemark, "Green Line trains [between Minneapolis and St. Paul] are taking up to an hour to complete their journeys, and even optimistic schedules released by the local transit agency put running times at 48 minutes, or less than 14 ... [Published Planetizen - Jul 24 2014]
First reported Jul 24 2014 - Updated Jul 24 2014 - 1 reports

'Pop-Up Beer Gardens' Hack Pennsylvania's Alcohol License Restrictions

"A quartet of state lawmakers are pushing back on Philly's pop-up [beer] gardens, taking issue with something called an off-premise catering permit that allows vendors to 'cater' alcohol sales at these pop-up gardens for months at a time," reports Jon ... [Published Planetizen - Jul 24 2014]

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"According to SDOT, there have been 60 collisions involving bikes in the lane in the past four years — a mix of bicyclists getting doored by people exiting their parked cars, drivers pulling out of the parking lane across the bike lane and, in more than half the cases, bicyclists getting hit in intersections by drivers turning across the bike lane (known as a left hook)."
Richie Bernardo explains the purpose and methodology of the rankings: "In an effort to educate Americans on the value of an active lifestyle and the importance of public open spaces in their communities and finances, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U S cities and highlighted those with the most diverse opportunities for recreation, sports and culture. We did so using 24 key metrics that examine each city’s finances, parks quality, entertainment and recreation facilities as well as its weather and environmental conditions."
"That hasn't discouraged Dylan Voorhees , the CleanClean Energy and Global Warming Project director at the Natural Resources Council of Maine . He says what has happened in South Portland is galvanizing activists around the country and motivating them to raise awareness about the threat of tar sands" writes Sharon
...a proposal (interesting how often citizen-led urban design proposals get mainstream media attention in Chicago) by local architect Matt Nardella: " In sketches he posted online , Nardella shows the two parking lots just west of the sand replaced by open land dedicated to a bird sanctuary. Street parking, now free, would be metered….Other changes he suggests include adding  Divvy bike sharing stations, a boardwalk and a large parking area for bicycles."

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Redesign for Seattle's Notoriously Unsafe 2nd A... [Published Planetizen - 1 hour ago]
Ranking the Best (and Worst) Cities for Recreation [Published Planetizen - 2 hours ago]
Tar Sands Rebellion in Maine Port City [Published Planetizen - 2 hours ago]
Does Too-Plentiful Parking Spark Wild Parties a... [Published Planetizen - 4 hours ago]
Can Kentucky Compete in an Urbanizing, Global E... [Published Planetizen - 5 hours ago]
Arizona Residents Ditching Cars, Taking Transit [Published Planetizen - 6 hours ago]
Feel Like Singing? Here's 11 Transportation-The... [Published Planetizen - 8 hours ago]
Pending Financial Deal Would Expand Citi Bike i... [Published Planetizen - 11 hours ago]
San Francisco Considering Property Tax Break fo... [Published Planetizen - 18 hours ago]
New Jersey Addressing Nation-Leading 'College F... [Published Planetizen - Jul 24 2014]
The Value of Fast Transit—Under Construction in... [Published Planetizen - Jul 24 2014]
'Pop-Up Beer Gardens' Hack Pennsylvania's Alcoh... [Published Planetizen - Jul 24 2014]
Baltimore's Code Enforcement Has Teeth with 'Va... [Published Planetizen - Jul 24 2014]
Los Angeles City Planner Imparts Department Pri... [Published Planetizen - Jul 24 2014]
Luck May Be Changing for California High Speed ... [Published Planetizen - Jul 24 2014]
Making Planning 'Just Green Enough' to Balance ... [Published Planetizen - Jul 24 2014]
How Civic Engagement Platforms Can Bring Back t... [Published Planetizen - Jul 24 2014]
Ordinary Materials, Fantastic Opportunities [Published Planetizen - Jul 24 2014]
Cities Criminalizing Homelessness Amid Urban Boom [Published Planetizen - Jul 24 2014]
Study: Air Conditioning is Warming Phoenix [Published Planetizen - Jul 23 2014]
Study: Parks Make for Better People [Published Planetizen - Jul 23 2014]
Meet Dallas' New 'Bike Czar' [Published Planetizen - Jul 23 2014]
Where Smaller is More Marketable [Published Planetizen - Jul 23 2014]
Stuck in a Development Slump, Texas Suburb Shri... [Published Planetizen - Jul 23 2014]
Discrimination at Home: Luxury Development with... [Published Planetizen - Jul 23 2014]
Concerns Raised about Sprawl, Public Safety Imp... [Published Planetizen - Jul 23 2014]
What's Missed When Taking the Scenic Route? [Published Planetizen - Jul 23 2014]
A Call to 'Retire the Myth' of the Palm Tree in... [Published Planetizen - Jul 23 2014]
Speed Cameras: Working in Chicago; Needed in Ph... [Published Planetizen - Jul 22 2014]
Treasure Island's Big Mixed-Use Developments Br... [Published Planetizen - Jul 22 2014]
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