Tag: transit

What Amazon’s HQ2 Shortlist Tells Us About Modern Cities

The race to land Amazon’s second headquarters, or HQ2, has become one of the largest economic development opportunities in a generation — a truly transformative opportunity for the chosen city that ultimately wins the competition. And a competition it has become, with creative and inventive ideas pitched from mayors and economic development officials throughout the

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How Will Amazon Choose its Second Headquarters?

Last week, Amazon accepted final bids in the host city competition for its second headquarters. Over 200 cities applied across North America, with pitches that ranged from exhaustive to persuasive to seemingly stunt-based. With the bidding period closed, the ball is now in Amazon’s court. But how will the tech giant choose a winner? For

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Medellin, Colombia: A City Transformed?

This is the first post in a series of blogs on the World Urban Forum 7 in Medellin, Colombia. In just a few days I will be in Medellin, Colombia, for World Urban Forum 7 (WUF7) which is hosted by the City of Medellin, the government of Colombia and the United Nations. “Why Medellin?” is

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Partnerships Key to Twin Cities Light Rail

This post was written by Roger Williams and Mark Weinheimer to introduce a new case study from NLC about the partnerships that contributed to the construction of the Central Corridor light rail line in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. One of the ways cities have tackled challenges to their resiliency has been to undertake transformational

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AFF Transportation Bonds Support Infrastructure, Jobs

According to estimates from the Federal Highway Administration, local governments invested $53 billion in highway programs raised from local revenue sources, yet that amount does not come close to meeting the needs for investment in roads, transit, bridges, waterways and airports. While Congress debates the renewal of a national surface transportation program and how to

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Strategies for Transforming the “Rust Belt”

Many cities, especially the old manufacturing centers hardest hit by economic transformation and demographic shifts, are developing and implementing strategies to attract new residents and new investment. Options that have been or are being deployed to once again grow these cities include targeting immigrants and knowledge workers (“creative class”) as well as place-based initiatives focusing

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“We Need to Act” – President Obama’s Clarion Call for Action on Climate Change

Yesterday afternoon, President Obama gave a rousing speech that introduced his Administration’s Climate Action Plan, a speech that aimed to position the U.S. as a global leader on climate change. ”We want a global low-carbon economy,” he said. While the global perspective is certainly an important one, local communities – cities, towns, and counties– indeed

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The Devil is in the Design Details: Strategies to Enhance Transit Experience

I live in a region that is nationally known for its traffic congestion.  In virtually every poll, newspaper article, or blog on the topic (google “DC region traffic congestion” for proof), the DC metro area is up in the ranks.  Somewhat under the radar are the initiatives taking place throughout the region to provide viable

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State of the Cities 2013: Infrastructure Connects the Dots

This is the fifth post in a seven-part series on trends and themes in local leadership. On February 4, 2013, Mayor Anthony Foxx left his constituency with a final message about the state of their city, Charlotte, N.C.. In a speech that was both reflective of the past and hopeful for the future, Mayor Foxx

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Consequences of Underfunding Transportation

What was billed as the release of a new report exploring the expected consequences of a 35 percent cut in federal funding of transportation programs quickly turned from a Washington, D.C. wonk-fest into far more interesting speculation about how Congress will expand revenue streams for the Highway Trust Fund. The setting was the joint release

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