→ Actually, Highway Builders, Roads Don’t Pay For Themselves [DC.Streetsblog]
You’ve heard it a thousand times from the highway lobby: Roads pay for themselves through “user fees” Ã¢â‚¬â€ a.k.a. gas taxes and tolls Ã¢â‚¬â€ whereas transit is a drain on the taxpayer. They use this argument to push for new roads, instead of transit, as fiscally prudent investments.
The myth of the self-financed road meets its match today in the form of a new report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group: “Do Roads Pay For Themselves?” The answer is a resounding “no.” All told, the authors calculate that road construction has sucked $600 billion out of America’s public purse since the dawn of the interstate system.
→ Pedestrian-Only Shopping Streets Make Communities More Livable [Planetizen]
Pedestrian-oriented shopping streets can be key to making communities more livable, particularly when they are well designed, managed and strategically connected to networks of public transit, pedestrian paths and bike routes, says planning consultant Luis Rodriguez.
→ Smaller Cities Becoming Hotbeds for High-Tech Growth [Area Development]
By utilizing the strengths of existing business as well as government and academia, smaller cities are becoming hotbeds for the biotech, IT, renewable energy technologies, aerospace/defense, digital media, and a host of other high-tech endeavors.
→ Editor’s Choice: The Ten Best Opinion Pieces of 2010 [Next American City]