MIT injecting life into Kendall Square [Boston.com]
For all of its success as a center of commerce, Kendall Square in Cambridge remains something of an urban desert, with unused spaces and buildings isolated by wide streets, exaggerating the sense of emptiness.
In discussing the so-called “Knowledge District” in Providence, I am all the time saying I don’t want to see us make the mistake of creating another Kendall Square.
“MIT’s proposed new development has the potential to transform Kendall Square into a vibrant dynamic place where the activity at the ground is as cutting-edge as the science above,” said Cambridge’s city manager, Robert Healy.
We have the opportunity to learn from Kendall Square and get the right mix from the get go, not have to fix it later.
See also: Harvard looks to private partners to jump start development in North Allston. A model for Providence? [GC:PVD]
Experts struggle to express direness of infrastructure problem to a wary public [The Washington Post]
Alaska’s bridge to nowhere is so seared in the minds of voters as the epitome of wasteful federal spending that experts say hardly anyone is willing to pay more to revitalize the nation’s aging highways, bridges and transit systems.
Despite dire warnings that a cancer is eating away the networks that carry people from place to place and goods to market, there is little urgency among the American people or political will in tight times on Capitol Hill to address the issue.
Public mass transit regains footing [USA Today]
Ridership on public buses and trains increased 2% – from 7.63 billion rides to 7.76 billion, according to the American Public Transportation Association.
“We are seeing employment tick up and people are making lifestyle choices,” says Michael Melaniphy, association president. “People think, ‘There must be a better alternative.'”
See also: Public transportation ridership continues to grow; agencies continue to raise fares and cut service [Transportation for America]
Hamburg, Germany to Cover Expanded Highway with Public Park [TheCityFix]
The City of Hamburg, Germany is planning on building elevated public parks on sections of the to-be-expanded A7 (Highway 7), which is considered one of the most important north-south connectors in Germany.