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.
Why suburban tensions and inequality will drive infrastructure innovation
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A pleasure it is to point you toward a brace of articles about getting around the GTA’s sprawl lands. Oh yeah, it’s also about race.
Race, the ‘burbs, and transportation. In one of the most diverse communities in North America, any discussion about public space and policy needs to include race
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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.
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Content for today ( International Eradication of Poverty Day ) wasn’t long in the finding.
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.
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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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Maybe having a not-so-great-job and travelling to it via public transit is something a lot of us are kinda destined to get stuck with. Life isn’t always fair. But that doesn’t mean we can’t do a fair bit better than what transit riders described to Torontoist recently. The experience of being a second class citizen is acquired in layers and getting to work here is increasingly an encounter with such a layer.
How riding the TTC has affected my mental health
(974) Way too long for too little: complex & expensive trips to work [Study]
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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.
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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…
LRT will completely transform Mississauga
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