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Most of us feel attached to our neighborhoods, but can this emotional connection help fuel local economies? According to a multi-year study by Gallup and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the answer is yes: Communities with high levels of attachment actually have higher local GDP growth.
Surprisingly, the top factors that encourage community attachment are aesthetics and having spaces for people to socialize, according to 43,000 survey participants who ranked these factors above safety, education, and municipal services. But with foreclosures and vacant buildings and the resulting loss of tax revenue, how do you create and pay for public spaces?
→ Bloomberg: U.S. Taxpayers Are Gouged on Mass Transit Costs
American taxpayers will shell out many times what their counterparts in developed cities in Europe and Asia would pay. In the case of the Second Avenue line and other new rail infrastructure in New York City, they may have to pay five times as much.
→ Will pay-per-mile be a buzzkill for American road trips? [CNN]
During the next 20 years, projections show average vehicle fuel efficiency nearly doubling.
Revenues from the fuel tax will be slashed by half, according to the Iowa study.
Meanwhile, the cost of safe roads, bridges and transit systems will skyrocket. By 2020, says the American Society of Engineers, the price tag could be as high as $1.7 trillion.
Bottom line: two cents per mile would be enough to pay for the nation’s transportation infrastructure needs. That’s according to a 2009 nonpartisan commission headed by two former U.S. transportation secretaries.
→ Bring Back the Rooming House? [CitiWire]
Is it time to restore the old-fashioned rooming house – or something akin to it – in America’s cities?
Candidate strategies for more compact urban housing units abound. Smith suggests, for example, basement or attic flats that use the “excess” space in larger homes in which an aging homeowner wants to remain but has rooms that are idle and chores that need to be done. “A bargain can be struck,” he suggests, with a younger tenant who pays reduced rent in exchange for upkeep and light maintenance. The net result: “to turn an over-housed, under-maintained single-family dwelling into a multi-household home that benefits both parties.”
One of Providence’s trumpeted advantages is its geographical proximity to both NYC and Boston. I am traveling to NYC shortly (a frequent jaunt for me and my wife) and this prompted a discussion with co-workers as to the best, most convenient, and lowest cost ways to travel. I had actually, once upon a time, priced this out for an Urbanplanet post and found the text file.
Here were the results, which aren’t a cost triumph for mass transit (especially as I was assuming a car with a poor 25 MPG highway and fuel costs a bit higher than they are now):
(includes toll and assumes no parking fees in the city)
$35.50 round trip for one or two people
New Haven option:
This is what I usually do. This is driving to New Haven Station, parking there, and then taking MetroNorth to Grand Central.
$20 round trip driving
$32 round trip on MTA
$77 round trip for one person
$109 round trip for two people
Peter Pan Bus:
(includes RIPTA fares to KP)
$87 round trip for one person
$174 round trip for two people
(includes RIPTA fares to downtown)
$171 round trip for one person
$338 round trip for two people
This is interesting food for thought… Obviously, this says nothing about environmental friendliness or convenience (especially in NYC with a car), but on travel logistics alone, Amtrak for the two of us would be over $300 more than driving a car. How expensive would gas have to get to begin to even this out with a bus or rail?