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Study: 'Eyes on the Street' Have Real Value for Neighborhood Safety

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:00:00 -0700

The first study to make an attempt at quantifying the value of "eyes on street"—an idea most eloquently described by Jane Jacobs—offers reason to support a mix of uses, with businesses operating later in the evening.

State Transportation Officials Ask Congress to Hike Transportation User Fees

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:00:00 -0700

It's not funding Trump's much-talked-about infrastructure package, but the 2020 termination date of the FAST Act has state transportation officials urging Congress to hike fuel taxes to sustain the Highway Trust Fund.

Police Departments Budgets Grow, but Cities Aren't Any Safer

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:00:00 -0700

A Next City article argues that investing in job programs and other public goods would do more to make those communities safe than investing in police departments.

Reality Checking Elon Musk's Hyperloop Nothing Burger—Again

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Elon Musk's desire to tunnel a path to freedom from congestion refuses to die.

Caltrain Electrification Broke Ground on Friday

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:00:00 -0700

Gov. Jerry Brown, Peninsula congresswomen, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and state legislative leaders gathered in Millbrae with shovels-in hands to mark the beginning of a four-year construction project to electrify Caltrain.

Are Form-Based Design Standards Easier Than Form-Based Codes?

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:00:00 -0700

Randall Arendt looks at how communities can achieve results similar to Form-Based Codes through a simpler set of form-based design standards (FBDS).

Amazon's Mobile Stores Rolling Out Nationwide

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:00:00 -0700

Amazon's Treasure Trucks hawk everything from GoPros to poke bowls and Harry Potter books.

Like City, Like Stadium

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Beloved as it is, Dodger Stadium did not come easily to Los Angeles. Its development was fraught with protests, political rivalries, and debates over public investment and urbanism. Those debates continue today.

2018 Congressional Transportation Budget Begins to Take Shape

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

While reduced from current levels, the House Appropriations Committee budgeted far more than what President Trump had proposed, but they agreed with him to eliminate the TIGER grant program and reduce transit investments, though by a lesser amount.

Rising Tuition and Student Debt Keeping Young People from Buying Homes

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0700

Millennials have lower rates of home ownership, and higher tuitions are partly to blame.