Category: General

Public Invited to Comment on New and Small Starts Transit Projects

The Federal Transit Administration is looking for cities to comment on the proposed changes to the “New Starts and Small Starts” transit project criteria for federal funding.  In the beginning of the year, Transportation Secretary LaHood announced that DOT intended to expand the definition of “cost effectiveness” used evaluate federal support for local public transportation

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Life on the Sidewalk

Many cities are blessed with neighborhoods that offer cafes, restaurants and small parks with tables and chairs or benches out on the sidewalk. In Washington, D.C. the neighborhood around the historic Eastern Market is a vortex for public life, especially on a weekend when merchants and shoppers sip coffee amidst strollers, kids in sports uniforms,

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Dnt Txt n Drv

Kansas has recently become the 26th state to adopt a “no texting while driving” law.  Until January 1, 2011, drivers will receive a warning if they are caught texting while driving and after that, law enforcement officials will issue $60 fines for the offense. So important has this issue become, that President Obama, even, issued

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The Global Economy is Not Really So “Foreign”

When Ron Kirk was Mayor of Dallas he spent lots of his time on economic development efforts. He built partnerships across the region and around the world to help generate domestic and foreign investment and to promote local products and services. For the last 15 months Kirk has been doing the same job only on

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Are cities Capitalizing on Fiction?

The latest Emerging Issues column in Nation’s Cities Weekly explores the topic of detection fiction novels that are set in in American cities. Decades ago, American detective novels were mainly set in New York City or Los Angeles. One observer puts the proportion at fifty percent. Ellery Queen and Nero Wolfe and Raymond Chandler and

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Why Transparency is Good (or Bad) for Governments?

Despite the recent push for transparency, this concept is not a new one for local governments. Cities around the country have been employing various methods to increase transparency – simply, be more open to the public – in their day to day practices for years now. From broad engines of information like city websites (San

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Bringing Place Back

Place is back.  Across an array of sectors we are witnessing a renewed focus on “place” – on neighborhoods, cities, and regions.  Place-based strategies are evident in the Obama administration’s cross-agency efforts to coordinate land use, transportation, and environmental programs.  The nation’s leading foundations are launching place-based initiatives. And across the country actors from public,

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Capturing Creativity in Kentucky

City leaders, artists, entrepreneurs, university staff, real estate developers, students, researchers, and many others convened at the 2010 Creative Cities Summit in Lexington, Ky. this month to learn how they can help their cities attract and retain talent, promote entrepreneurship, and encourage civic engagement. Keynote speaker Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative

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Can Mass Transit be Cool?

When did people stop saying “mass transit” in favor of speaking about modes – high speed rail, light rail, street cars, and circulator buses? Undoubtedly the present views about transportation result from a combination of factors including the price of gasoline, traffic congestion, concerns about carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, and a general

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