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The New York Times: Commuters Pedal to Work on Their Very Own Superhighway Picture 11 miles of smoothly paved bike path meandering through the countryside. Largely uninterrupted by roads or intersections, it passes fields, backyards, chirping birds, a lake, some ducks and, at every mile, an air pump. For some Danes, this is the morning commute. Pedestrian Observations: Northeast Corridor …

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If you’re on Twitter or Facebook and live in Providence, then you’ve seen this story posted a thousand times already today, if you’re not, then here you go: The New York Times: 36 Hours in Providence, R.I. Providence’s grit and obscurity make it easy to underestimate. On the verge of bankruptcy, with a former mayor who served four years in …

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Yankees (parking garage) suck!, Amtrak looks for private investment in Northeast Corridor, corner markets, and more in today’s News & Notes.

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An interview with Ray LaHood, Federal Complete Streets, and more in today’s News & Notes.

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Washington, DC highs a consultant to assess the complete economic impact of Metro, a Duany treatise on new urbanism, Boston’s bike share program, and more, in today’s News & Notes.

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EU to replace short haul flights with high-speed rail, “True Urbanism” vs “Hipster Urbanism,” public participation, and more in today’s News & Notes.

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The Future of the Strip: Downhill [CitiWire] From 1960 to 2000 there was an almost 10-fold increase in U.S. retail space, from four to 38 square feet per person. For many years retail space was growing five to six times faster than retail sales. Most of this space came in the form of discount superstores on the suburban strip. The …

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Should high-speed rail focus on the northeast? [2nd Ave. Sagas] During [New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s] testimony last week, the mayor criticized the government’s current investment plan. With projects in Florida, California and the Midwest garnering headlines, the Northeast Corridor has taken a backseat in Washington with only one percent of federal HSR funds coming our way. “That simply …

Amtrak’s Next-Gen High Speed Rail vision by-passes Providence

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Update 07/11/2012: Amtrak has released an updated vision for the Northeast Corridor which happily does not by-pass Providence. Read the report. (.pdf) Amtrak released A Vision for High-Speed Rail in the Northeast Corridor [.pdf] today. The Vision is as of yet unfunded, would not be complete until 2040, and the alignment analyzed for this report would by-pass Providence (there’d be …

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Georgetown’s ‘Social Safeway’ is a monument to changing supermarket architecture [The Washington Post] New grocery store is built on the second floor, with street level retail screening a parking garage. Foreclosures point to waning of the suburban era, study says [New Urban News] Development is shifting to cities more strongly than most Americans realize, a new book asserts. Ellen Dunham-Jones: …

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Mass. buys more South Coast rail tracks [PBN] Gov. Patrick pledges to have rail service running between New Bedford/Fall River and Boston by 2016. The UnCaucus schedules a series of one-on-one coffees with the mayoral candidates Northeast Corridor High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Planning Eleven Northeast states from Maine to Maryland, with close support from Amtrak and the Coalition of …

220mph Washington to Boston

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Photo (cc) John H Gray The Transport Politic reports on Amtrak’s renewed push to bring true high speed rail to the Northeast Corridor. Acela’s current top speed is 150mph over a short portion of the Northeast Corridor (through parts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts). Amtrak’s goal is to raise the top speed in the corridor to 220mph. Amtrak’s renewed dedication …

John attends a White Sox game

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America 2050: Sometime in the not too distant future, John wakes up in suburban Chicago on a Saturday morning and heads to a White Sox game…in Detroit. Join him on a 300 mile journey to Detroit’s Comerica Park as he experiences the transportation options of the future: a neighborhood electric car share program, smart phone ticketing, high-speed rail, and connecting …