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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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Fireside chats on the sidewalk, revitalization lessons from Mountain View, The T, and more in today’s News & Notes.

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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 …

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Street Science: All Eyes on the Street [Next American City] The effort will mark BostonÂ’s entry into the National Complete Streets Coalition, a national group dedicated to making city streets more accessible across America, and is strongly supported by the mayor. “Mayor Menino,” Ms. Zehngebot noted, “is behind this all the way and understands that the car is no longer …

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Tootling [The New Yorker] “At twenty [mph], you’d actually save time,” King said. “Going forty miles per hour doesn’t change your position in the next queue, at the next traffic lights.” “You’re right,” DeCarlo said, and he nodded. “I’m a firm believer that, whether you do twenty or fifty-five, you’re going to get to the same place at the same …

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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Washington, DC expands bike sharing program [Good] U.S. Sec. of Transportation Ray LaHood turned transportation policy on its head with a declaration that pedestrians and cyclists should be treated as equals with drivers. That means federal dollars for more projects geared toward walking and cycling. [NPR] Emergency transit funding bill introduced by Senator Jack Reed and others [Transportation For America] …

Bikestation

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Washington, DC Bikestation | Photo (cc) jpchan On October 2nd a new Bikestation opened at Washington’s Union Station. Mobis Transportation operates Bikestations in several cities throughout the country including five in California, Seattle, and their first east coast Bikestation in Washington. How it works; the 1,600 square foot structure houses 100 bikes. Cyclists buy a membership for up to $96/year …