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Chicago Sun-Times: City wants to turn streets, alleys, plazas into outdoor fun spots Designated Chicago streets, alleys, plazas and parking lanes may soon be painted blue with campy white footprints and filled with public seating, music, farmer’s markets and other seasonal activities. GOOD: Young People Are Driving Less—And Not Just Because They’re Broke I never got my driver’s license, which …

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The Atlantic Cities: Why is a Patent Troll in Luxembourg Suing U.S. Public Transit Agencies? Dowell Baker, a law firm specializing in patent litigation in Lafayette, Indiana, finds companies to target in a couple different ways. The firm’s client, ArrivalStar, holds 34 U.S. patents, all related to the idea of tracking a vehicle in motion and then alerting people, through …

Media Matters: STUDY: Media Missing The Mark On Gas Prices

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A Media Matters analysis of print and television coverage of rising gasoline prices between January 1 and February 29 finds that news outlets often provided a shallow and shortsighted treatment of the issue. For instance, several outlets largely overlooked fuel economy standards – a key policy solution that mitigates U.S. vulnerability to price spikes – while promoting increased U.S. drilling …

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Terrorist paranoia in Atlanta, new bus stop signs in Seattle, 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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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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Reclaiming the center [The Boston Globe] Today, the principle behind revitalization efforts is to make downtowns not just shopping areas, but 24-hour neighborhoods with homes, offices, and entertainment venues where residents can shop, dine, and mix at movies and concerts. Such efforts helped transform downtown Providence, for example, into a thriving cultural center and business district with local artists, new …

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Tea Partiers See a Global Conspiracy in Local Planning Efforts [Next American City] Some might say that the Tea Party’s platform contains some contradictions. It seems that they’re|like most people, really|willing to ignore those spending programs from which they benefit directly. The subsidization of suburbia is one of these beneficial spending programs, too. But the nature of this subsidy is …

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The war on trains [History Eraser Button] What the hell is going on? Opposition to trains is not some kind of Tea Party platform. You aren’t hearing anybody talk about it on Fox News or AM radio. There’s little if any populist rage against trains. Rail improvements have bipartisan support at the federal level. Trains make sense and have a …

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Rail Service Expansion Imperiled at State Level [The New York Times] “Any notion that somehow rail is subsidized, and other modes of transportation aren’t, is simply not factual,” said Mr. Smith, the president Reconnecting America, a nonprofit transportation advocacy group, who noted that highways and airports were subsidized as well. “Honestly, transportation infrastructure should not be a partisan issue. When …