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Yes, there is an upside to tolling our highways
According to the Federal Highway Administration, the first toll road was born around 1792 and became known as the Philadelphia Turnpike. Back then, it cost around $12,500 per mile to construct crushed stone surfaces traversed by horse and buggy. It wasn’t until 1880, with the proliferation of…
Americans live farther away from their jobs, burdening lower-income workers
New analysis from Elizabeth Kneebone and Natalie Holmes of Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program finds that between 2000 and 2012, in the nation’s most populous metros, private sector jobs moved farther away from where people live, especially in the suburbs and in low-income communities.…
Forty times around the world in 1 million miles of pipe
Our nation’s infrastructure is crumbling and in need of reinvestment—this is the general message I hear over and over these days. Yet figures such as $1 trillion to repair and upgrade our nation’s drinking water infrastructure are difficult to conceptualize—let alone fathom…
These teens are planning the future of their neighborhoods
There’s been an uptick in interest in teaching students how to proactively engage with their own neighborhoods and develop strategies to improve them. As a parent, urban planner and former teacher, I’ve often wondered how today’s students will plan for their neighborhoods and…
Ready, set, rain! How one community is managing stormwater
  • By Josh Ellis and MPC Research Assistant Kelsey Pudlock
  • Apr 1, 2015
With spring around the corner, the Village of Midlothian is getting ready…RainReadySM! RainReady is an initiative started by the nonprofit Center for Neighborhood Technology to help residents and communities work together to plan, coordinate and find solutions to water-related problems that…
In the Loop: March 31, 2015
In the Loop is your round-up of what’s going on in the transportation world, posted in conjunction with Talking Transit. @metroplanners news For people living near transit, particularly in dense neighborhoods in places like the city of Chicago, cars are often purely optional. Indeed, in…
Have you ever attended a ribbon cutting for a pothole?
The share of Michigan’s roads in poor condition increased from 12 percent a decade ago to more than 30 percent today, a stunning fact described by Michigan Dept. of Transportation Director Kirk Steudle at the Metropolitan Planning Council’s roundtable on Friday, March 20, sponsored by…

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