Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wall Street Journal's special section on transportation

-- Tomorrow's Transport

There are a number of articles on a number of topics including funding, freight, electric car charging, monorails, bus rapid transit, and air travel.

Earlier in the week, Notions Capital called our attention to this section's article entitled "Move It! ," which is a great piece by the Brookings Institution's Robert Puentes, based on the realization that while the US spends $170 billion/year on transportation, we don't spend it that wisely, we don't dedicate funding to a set of priority projects--including maintenance, because we don't have adequate "master" transportation plans at the national, state, and local levels.

Puentes discusses areas where US transportation can be significantly improved, based on the idea of congestion reduction and the economic and environmental costs of congestion:

• boosting exports and the quality of cross-border transportation connections;
• environmental impacts, especially air quality, of current mobility practices;
• innovations that if implemented can speed traffic;
• making it easier for people to get to and from work;
• better funding methods, such as a National Infrastructure Bank to fund projects (which would mean that municipalities don't have to sell their souls to private financiers for deals that aren't favorable).



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