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New, Modern Regulations May Speed Trains

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:00:00 -0800

The Federal Railroad Administration will soon update regulations regarding U.S. trains, this could have major impact on the industry and train travel.

Quick Internet Delivery Services Clog City Streets with Delivery Trucks

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:00:00 -0800

Services like Amazon Prime and other quick delivery online retailers are creating more demand for short trip delivery, the result is streets jammed with vans. Bikes may offer an alternative.

Prime Minister Trudeau Approves Huge Expansion of Oil Sands Pipeline

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:00:00 -0800

The young prime minister's approval to almost triple the capacity of the Kinder Morgan pipeline comes as a surprise given Trudeau's concern for climate change. He approved another Alberta oil sands pipeline but rejected a third.

Chicago Elevated Train Funding Passes with Unanimous Support

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

The Chicago City Council has authorized a billion dollars in funding for upgrades and maintenance for the city's Red, Purple, and Brown Line trains; the city hopes to get additional federal funds before Obama leaves office.

Climate Changes Confront Alaska Villages with Wrenching Choices

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0800

Alaska is warming about twice as fast as the rest of the continental United States, and the state is heading for the warmest year on record. The government has identified at least 31 Alaska towns and cities at risk of destruction.

Friday Funny? Cards Against Humanity Crowdfunds a Hole in the Ground

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:00:00 -0800

"When you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you."

Mapping Los Angeles' Underutilized City-Owned Property

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0800

New data shows that the city of Los Angeles owns nearly 9,000 parcels throughout the region—and that it could be doing a lot more with them.

Bay Area Sends Mixed Message on BART Funding

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:00:00 -0800

BART won big on election night with the passage of Measure RR, a $3.5 billion infrastructure bond measure. But the San Francisco Chronicle observes that results from two other local ballot measures suggest a mixed message on the rapid transit system.

A New Urbanist Community, 15 Years Later

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

A look at how Baldwin Park has matured after 15 years of development.

Friday Eye Candy: Turning Gentrification Data Into Art

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 05:00:00 -0800

Herwig Scherabon is a graphic designer featured this week in The Guardian.