→ Make bus service free [New Urbanism Blog]
It’s true. Nothing is ever free. But my proposition is that the basic city bus service that so many places fund would be better off as a basic municipal service, like fire or police. Fund it through a dedicated tax of some kind – sales, property, etc, and don’t bother to charge for the ride itself. Allow me to elaborate.
→ The bike whisperer [RedEye Chicago]
The wheels of change are in motion for city cyclists thanks to new initiatives from [Chicago] Mayor Emanuel. In the works are 100 miles of protected bike lanes, increased bike parking and a widespread bike-share program that could put Chicago on the map as one of the nation’s most bike-friendly cities.
Enter Gabe Klein, the city’s Department of Transportation commissioner, who took office this year.
→ The Death of the Fringe Suburb [The New York Times]
By now, nearly five years after the housing crash, most Americans understand that a mortgage meltdown was the catalyst for the Great Recession, facilitated by underregulation of finance and reckless risk-taking. Less understood is the divergence between center cities and inner-ring suburbs on one hand, and the suburban fringe on the other.
It was predominantly the collapse of the car-dependent suburban fringe that caused the mortgage collapse.
→ Bad US Rail Practices and What It Means for FRA Regulations by Alon Levy [Urbanophile]
As I alluded to in the last few posts, although the FRA is the primary obstacle to a passenger rail revival, the old railroader traditions it reinforces are still strong in the commuter railroads. At some, for example the MBTA and the New York-area railroads, practices are even worse in terms of cost and performance than required by the FRA.
→ Floating path on London’s Thames gets nod [Reuters]
Plans to erect a floating walkway on London’s River Thames, affording spectacular views of forgotten parts of the city, got a major boost on Friday by securing up to 60 million pounds ($97.5 million) in funding.
Perhaps a more modest version could work in Providence. Giving access to the waterfront in areas less accessible to the public, such as near the power station.
See also: The city that floats [Salon]