We like optimism, yes we do. Infrastructure gets us going pretty good as well. To wit: an item that counsels us to look out to the sprawl for innovative approaches to badly needed infrastructure.
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Nice! More buses to get LA’s workers to work and jobs building the buses themselves, which are also up-to-date low emissions models.
LA Metro bus project to lift up disadvantaged workers
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While busways may not be as cool as LRT and HSR lines, regional rail networks or subways they certainly seem to have a place in addressing suburban poverty. How so? By helping carless/low income workers get around better. At any rate, here is a specific US example of the busway benefit.
How Montgomery County’s bus rapid transit can alleviate suburban poverty
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”That’s how life goes along the poverty line in car-centric cities like Dallas, whose 20th-century growth birthed highways that became developmental skeletons for suburbs where the middle class have fled for decades. Left behind is an urban core with housing and socioeconomic problems — and infrastructure built for cars that many poor people can’t afford.”
Reminicisent of other encounters with what it’s like to get to work in the sprawl, a feature from the Dallas News follows a worker to work. And it ain’t easy.
Stemming poverty in Dallas requires rethinking mobility
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Earlier this year urban planning was said to be the hot new occupation. Nice! Especially if it means we’ll have more people paying attention to the built, spatial dimension of inequality and poverty? Hope so. No kids, it isn’t all groovy, inclusive charettes and pencil crayon renderings of LRTs. Here’s a couple of recent pieces to help the young upstarts dig into the realities.
Mapping the city. How transit can fix access to jobs in Toronto
How urban design perpetuates racial inequality – and what we can do about it. Our cities weren’t created equal. But they don’t have to stay that way
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We first heard about the Mississauga LRT in the early 1990s. On the verge of becoming a reality, the positivity around the LRT is truly welcome. Now, we maybe would have dropped this kind of infrastructure into the landscape, along with a grid of cycle paths, maybe before putting down a zillion dollars worth of real estate development. Guess things just aren’t really done that way here? Along with improved GO service and a major east-west busway the depressing diesel horrors of grinding around Mississauga 80s-style should be banished to the past soon.
Stand by for enthusiasm…
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If we want to give people the tools to fight back against poverty a fair fare might be one place to start.
Why Toronto needs a low-income Metropass program. Getting around the city can be expensive – especially for low income Torontonians
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