How Bikes Can Save Us

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Hooray! A New Bike Boulevard!

I’m a big fan of bike boulevards and I recently mourned the fact that moving into a new house meant that I spent less time traveling this way. In my old apartment, being on the bike boulevard six or eight times a week was not unusual. As I said at the time, location is:  “…the crux […]

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Keep Away From Our Fancy Houses

When the state began a rails-to-trails program to transform the KATY railroad line into a bike trail, the City of Columbia had the foresight to transform their own spur line as well. Now, the MKT Trail connects directly into the KATY Trail, bringing cyclists from all over Missouri right into Columbia. The MKT isn’t just […]

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Bike Boulevards

I spent a lot of time last summer on our city’s bike boulevard. It’s a short, bike-friendly stretch of road designed to better connect our downtown with a college and a popular neighborhood to the east. I enjoyed winding my way past the community gardens and through campus into our arts district. And although they’ve faded […]

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When public transportation is a little too public.

Josh Stephens of Next American City has another great example of the phenomenon in which a neighborhood protests against a project by throwing up myriad reasons why the project is simply unsuitable for their part of town. The residents of Beverly Hills are fighting to prevent the construction of a Metro line through their neighborhood. This new line would […]

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Restoring the Downtown Street Grid

Sometime in the next year, Austin will be adding nine new streets to their downtown, restoring the street grid and fixing what is called a “transportation dead zone.” According to the Austin American Statesman: (Director of the Downtown Austin Alliance Charlie) Betts noted that adding streets reverses what has been a sporadic trend of the […]

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Tea Party v. Smart Growth

I just read an absolutely fascinating article by Anthony Flint in The Atlantic Cities about how Tea Party Activists, in the name of aggressively smaller government, are working to undermine long held smart growth principles. Flint describes the scene: Across the country, Tea Party activists have been storming planning meetings of all kinds, opposing various plans by […]

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Marketing Your Parking

A photo of the inside of a parking garage goes up on the screen.  It’s well-built, well-lit and clean. “This is not a good parking garage.” What?  I would kill to have our city’s garages look that nice. Jeff Fluhr of the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation, Todd Pierce of Pictoform and Allison Billings of  Charlotte […]

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Highways and downtowns.

It always amazes me the number of cities who have major highways separating tourist attractions from downtown. Photo courtesy of Urban Review STL Downtown St. Louis, home of one of the most iconic images in our nation, has I-70 running between downtown and the Arch, which is built adjacent to the riverfront.  Pedestrians have to […]

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