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‘Suburban’ is not the same as ‘theologically conservative’
The suburbanization of American Christianity has had a huge impact on institutional and denominational structures. Automobile-shaped development has produced an automobile-shaped ecclesiology. The car has abolished the possibility of the parish. And that, in turn, has helped to redefine “neighbor” as a matter of preference more than of proximity — as optional rather than obligatory. That redefinition is rather significant, since “Who is my neighbor?” is kind of an important question for Christians. Annotated link
religion  geography  suburbia  automobile  transportation  design  architecture  belief  evangelical  conservative 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Economic View - Why Free Parking Comes at a Price -
Yet 99 percent of all automobile trips in the United States end in a free parking space, rather than a parking space with a market price. In his book, Professor Shoup estimated that the value of the free-parking subsidy to cars was at least $127 billion in 2002, and possibly much more.
traffic  automobile  economics  pricing  price  parking  transit  cities  urban  design  law  regulation  transportation  bias 
august 2010 by tsuomela
Rondo Neighborhood & the Building of I-94 : Library : MNHS.ORG
This predominantly African American neighborhood in St. Paul was displaced in the 1960s by freeway construction. In the 1930s, Rondo Avenue was at the heart of St. Paul's largest Black neighborhood. African-Americans whose families had lived in Minnesota for decades and others who were just arriving from the South made up a vibrant, vital community that was in many ways independent of the white society around it. The construction of I-94 in the 1960s shattered this tight-knit community, displaced thousands of African-Americans into a racially segregated city and a discriminatory housing market, and erased a now-legendary neighborhood.
minnesota  history  urban  urbanism  neighborhood  transportation  highway  community 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Here Comes the Neighborhood - Magazine - The Atlantic
Conventional suburbs are overbuilt and out of favor. In cities and suburbs alike, walkable neighborhoods linked by train are the future. Here’s how a new network of privately funded rail lines can make that future come to pass more quickly and cheaply—and help reinvigorate housing and the economy.
urban  urbanism  design  development  housing  suburbia  space  transportation  transit 
june 2010 by tsuomela
Welcome to The Journal of Commerce Online | Journal of Commerce
The Journal of Commerce
Through its publications, Web sites, and data services, UBM Global Trade is the leading supplier of business information for people involved in transporting goods and commodities in the United States and internationally. Its publications and online services include The Journal of Commerce, The Journal of Commerce Online, PIERS Global Intelligence Solutions, Directory of U.S. Exporters/Importers, Official Export Guide, U.S. Custom House Guide, and Transportation Telephone Tickler.
news  business  magazine  transportation  commerce  finance  journal  shipping  logistics  economics 
may 2010 by tsuomela
Worldchanging: Bright Green: The Volcano and the Virtual: Re-Thinking Air Travel
Infrastructure is the stuff we ignore until it breaks. Then it’s the stuff we’re stunned to discover we’re dependent on.
infrastructure  transportation  video 
april 2010 by tsuomela
The EV Project » Home
eTec is partnering with Nissan North America to deploy up to 4,700 zero-emission electric vehicles, the Nissan LEAF, and 11,210 charging systems to support them in strategic markets in five states: Arizona, California, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington.

The EV Project will collect and analyze data to characterize vehicle use in diverse topographic and climatic conditions, evaluate the effectiveness of charge infrastructure, and conduct trials of various revenue systems for commercial and public charge infrastructure. The ultimate goal of The EV Project is to take the lessons learned from the deployment of these first 4,700 EVs, and the charging infrastructure supporting them, to enable the streamlined deployment of the next 5,000,000 EVs.
energy  environment  electricity  infrastructure  electric  automobile  cars  vehicles  transportation 
april 2010 by tsuomela
The End of the Automobile Era? | Planetizen
On a recent Thursday in February, two disparate incidents in cities on opposite coasts may have signaled the end of the hundred-year ascendancy of automobiles in American life. In Portland, Oregon, the city council voted 5-0 to accept a new bike plan with the ambitious goal of increasing the percentage of people riding bikes from 6% (the highest of any big city in the country) to 25%. Three thousand miles away, on the opposite coast, the New York City Department of Transportation announced that they would make permanent the closing of Broadway to vehicle traffic.

At first sight, both incidents might not seem to have a lot in common, but they do represent highly visible examples of a dramatic shift sweeping America with regards to our attitudes about transportation and the proper role of transportation in making American cities prosper.
urban  design  transportation  automobile 
april 2010 by tsuomela
The Looming Infrastructure Crisis | GOVERNING
"The problem isn't just devilish. It's stuck in a devil's triangle of cross-pressures conspiring to make a solution incredibly tough. On one side of the triangle is the deep and ongoing state budget crisis...On the triangle's second side is the feds' struggle to figure out what national transportation policy should look like....On the triangle's third side is Congress, where all politics is local and all transportation debates are tactical."
infrastructure  government  politics  development  transportation 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT)
Since 1978, Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) has been a leader in promoting urban sustainability—the more effective use of existing resources and community assets to improve the health of natural systems and the wealth of people, today and in the future.
urban  sustainability  community  city(Chicago)  environment  transportation  technology  activism  think-tank 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Housing and Transportation Affordability Index
Americans traditionally consider housing affordable if it costs 30 percent or less of their income. The Housing + Transportation Affordability Index, in contrast, offers the true cost of housing based on its location by measuring the transportation costs associated with place.
transportation  housing  maps  visualization  community  sustainability  transit  cost  money 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Weblog on infrastructure, transportation, planning, etc.
weblog-group  infrastructure  architecture  design  transportation  politics  planning 
february 2010 by tsuomela - The Copenhagen Bike Culture Blog: Fear of Cycling 01 - Essay in five parts by Sociologist Dave Horton
Fears of cycling are socially, geographically and historically variable, which is to say that they will depend on who you are (man, woman, child, young, old, black, white, fat, fit), where you are (Copenhagen, Brussels, Mumbai, town, countryside, road, cycle path), and when (day, night, rush hour, weekend, winter, summer, a century ago, now, the future …). Over time, some of these fears will also tend to become culturally embedded, and therefore hard to change. But it’s worth trying to change them.
bicycling  transportation  urban  design  culture  psychology  automobile 
september 2009 by tsuomela
FiveThirtyEight: Politics Done Right: Do Americans Really Hate Flying? Or Really Love Driving?
Still, I'd expect the numbers for most 875-mile trips to be slanted fairly heavily in favor of air travel -- but instead, Americans are just as likely to drive this distance as to fly.
transportation  flying  rail  train  automobile  travel  american  attitude  polling  survey  habit 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Southwest Transitway - Home
The proposed Southwest Light Rail Transit line is a high-frequency train serving the rapidly growing southwest metro area - Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Edina, Hopkins, St. Louis Park, Minneapolis Neighborhoods, and downtown Minneapolis.
minnesota  train  rail  transportation  infrastructure  minneapolis  twincities  transit 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Someday, A Tiny Subway Will Deliver Your Groceries | Autopia |
Of the proposals, the Cargo Tunnel really caught our attention. The guys behind it — a former Intel employee and a UC-Berkeley professor among them — say they’ve developed a miniature tunnel boring machine (TBM) that can create the network of necessary tunnels without disrupting life above ground.
infrastructure  future  robotics  transportation  technology  tunnel  design  urban  architecture 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Hamilton, S.: Trucking Country: The Road to America's Wal-Mart Economy.
Trucking Country is a social history of long-haul trucking that explores the contentious politics of free-market capitalism in post-World War II America. Shane Hamilton paints an eye-opening portrait of the rural highways of the American heartland, and in doing so explains why working-class populist voters are drawn to conservative politicians who seemingly don't represent their financial interests.
book  publisher  infrastructure  trucking  transportation  america  history  culture 
august 2009 by tsuomela
OnBoard Midwest
On Board Midwest is our opportunity to support a new high-speed rail connection between Saint Paul and Chicago that will improve passenger transportation in the region and invest billions of dollars in Minnesota’s future.
transportation  train  midwest  infrastructure 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Between Cell Phones And Higher Speed Limits, 25,000 Deaths And $1 Trillion Lost On US Roads? » INFRASTRUCTURIST
Why are we so reluctant to regulate driving with cell phones or lower speed limits despite clear statistical evidence that the number of deaths caused by these items is significant?
transportation  risk  perception  cellphone  speed  automobile  death  statistics  probability  freedom 
july 2009 by tsuomela
ITS-Davis: Automobiles on Steroids: Product Attribute Trade-Offs and Technological Progress in the Automobile Sector
This paper estimates the technological progress that has occurred since 1980 and the trade-offs that manufacturers and consumers face when choosing between fuel economy, weight and engine power characteristics. The results suggest that if weight, horsepower and torque were held at their 1980 levels, fuel economy for both passenger cars and light trucks could have increased by nearly 50 percent from 1980 to 2006
transportation  research  automobile  energy  oil  efficiency  regulation  fear  design 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Rest Stops, R.I.P. | GOOD
State governments are shutting down interstate rest-stops because of money woes and competition from KwikMats and McDonalds.
history  transportation  government  commons  money  2h20c  travel  america 
july 2009 by tsuomela
GoLoco is an easy way to share trips with your friends -- and friends of friends. We use a system of alerts to notify you whenever your friends or interest groups are going places you want to go.
transportation  automobile  ride-sharing  urbanism 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Huh?! 4 Cases Of How Tearing Down A Highway Can Relieve Traffic Jams (And Save Your City) » INFRASTRUCTURIST
One example is reducing traffic congestion by eliminating roads. Though our transportation planners still operate from the orthodoxy that the best way to untangle traffic is to build more roads, doing so actually proves counterproductive in some cases. There is even a mathematical theorem to explain why: “The Braess Paradox” (which sounds rather like a Robert Ludlum title) established that the addition of extra capacity to a road network often results in increased congestion and longer travel times.
transportation  infrastructure  network  technology-effects  building 
july 2009 by tsuomela
The Rise of Megaregions | The American Prospect
The promoters of megaregions and modern rail systems seem to have a winning formula, one that offers a fresh conceptualization of the spatial workings of economic growth and is glamorous and high-tech (not to mention, green). To say the least, this formula is politically convenient, given how well it responds to concerns -- magnified by the recession -- about America's economic future.

The time has come for a closer look.
rail  transportation  development  economics  urban  suburbia  history  politics  skepticism  geography 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Clogged Arteries - The Atlantic (March 2008)
The map above shows an estimate of road-traffic congestion in 2010. In most major metro areas, it is steadily worsening. The cost of congestion, including added freight cost and lost productivity for commuters, reached $78 billion in 2005. Half of that occurred in just 10 metro areas.
transportation  cost  traffic  rail  economics  money 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Public Discourse, Why Conservatives Should Care About Transit, by David Schaengold
Dense, walkable settlements are not just a pleasant lifestyle choice. They are a precondition of the strong, inter-connected communities that social conservatives desire. It is not difficult to envision how these communities can make our lives comprehensively better. Americans are not obliged by any law of nature or rule of the market to live in mediocre, anti-social places. With changes in public policy, over time we can begin again to create neighborhoods that promote real community.
transportation  conservative  politics  government 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Where's the remotest place on Earth? - environment - 20 April 2009 - New Scientist
Plotted onto a map, the results throw up surprises. First, less than 10 per cent of the world's land is more than 48 hours of ground-based travel from the nearest city. What's more, many areas considered remote and inaccessible are not as far from civilisation as you might think. In the Amazon, for example, extensive river networks and an increasing number of roads mean that only 20 per cent of the land is more than two days from a city - around the same proportion as Canada's Quebec province.
maps  world  geography  travel  transportation 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Gallery - Where's the remotest place on Earth? - Image 1 - New Scientist
Very little of the world's land can now be thought of as inaccessible, according to a new map of connectedness.
maps  world  location  transportation  frontier  remoteness  wilderness 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Concrete Being Remixed With Environment in Mind -
Advances in concrete manufacturing, features the new 35W bridge in Minneapolis.
building  transportation  manufacturing  infrastructure 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Streetsblog » Back to the Grid: John Norquist on How to Fix National Transpo Policy
If you look at communities that are really successful and have rich, complex street grids with transit -- or even without transit, but they have street grids -- there’s much more efficiency in the use of pavement. You can go the direction you want to go, you don't have to go out of the way and come back.
transportation  development  environment  urban  urbanism  rules  rule-making  design  institutions 
march 2009 by tsuomela
The national blog network for sustainable transport, smart growth and livable streets.
urbanism  transportation  urban  design 
february 2009 by tsuomela
The Oil Drum | Rail Efficiencies
Given the greater-than 80% reductions in GHG emissions we need to achieve in the coming decades, and given the fact that new CAFÉ standards mandate a 40% improvement in the mileage of cars and SUVs by 2020, efficiency gains from passenger rail of 19% to 25% seem paltry. Moreover, due to basic laws of aerodynamics, the efficiency of high speed rail (i.e. trains moving at 150-300 mph) will inevitably be less than trains moving at 50-100 mph. While I cannot recall the source at present, I am quite sure I have seen credible data within the last five years which indicated that Bullet Trains in Japan were no more energy-efficient on a passenger-mile basis than airplanes.

Of course the real issue vis a vis energy and CO2 is the practical potential for these transportation modes in the future, not the existing efficiencies of each as currently deployed.
energy  transportation  rail  environment  green  efficiency 
january 2009 by tsuomela
Matthew Yglesias » Recommended Reading
Urban Policy/Planning/Transportation world. Are there any basic texts or publications that you think would be good to read
book  list  transportation  policy  recommendations 
january 2009 by tsuomela
Against a gas tax | Gristmill: The environmental news blog | Grist
In short, the changes we need in transportation are not something car companies or consumers can do on their own. What's needed is beyond new habits and new vehicles -- it's new infrastructure.
transportation  development  environment  infrastructure  government  fiscal-policy  taxes  energy 
november 2008 by tsuomela // Featured Story
"Jumpstarting the Transit Space Race: How the New Administration Could Make America Energy-Independent, Create Jobs and Keep the Economy Strong" documents the interest in transit projects around the U.S., and calculates the investment required to build all the proposed new lines.
transportation  policy  america  environment  politics 
october 2008 by tsuomela
ELPC - High Speed Rail
With ten major cities within a 400-mile radius of Chicago, the Midwest represents the nation's greatest opportunity to develop high speed rail. A regional high speed rail network would significantly reduce traffic congestion, travel time, air pollution, a
transportation  minnesota  midwest  rail 
june 2008 by tsuomela
Transit for Livable Communities - advocating for buses, light rail, commuter rail in Minnesota
Transit for Livable Communities is a non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of life in Minnesota communities through a balanced transportation system that encourages transit, walking, biking, and transit-oriented development.
minnesota  politics  transportation 
february 2008 by tsuomela
WorldChanging: Tools, Models and Ideas for Building a Bright Green Future: My Other Car is a Bright Green City
why I believe building compact communities should be one of America's highest environmental priorities, and why..our obsession with building greener cars may be obscuring.. the problem and some of the benefits of using land-use change as a primary sustain
urbanism  environment  transportation  design  future 
february 2008 by tsuomela
THE CITY FIX: Exploring Sustainable Solutions To The Problems of Urban Mobility
This blog is produced by EMBARQ - The WRI Center for Sustainable Transport at the World Resources Institute.
weblog-group  transportation  urbanism  architecture 
february 2008 by tsuomela

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