Links from The Overhead Wire to news from around the country. This week: a Baltic city looks to cold seawater for its future heating needs; another urban freeway draws discussion about future alternatives; considering the commuting emissions of office buildings; and more.
The Overhead Wire’s weekly collection of national links compiles news about urban issues around the country and the world. This week: parking spots versus useful space in Toronto, the glacial progression of self-driving car tech, and more on Texas’ highway battles.
Links from The Overhead Wire to news from around the country. This week: why so many office workers are still staying at home, a political standoff over an Omaha bike lane and a discussion of America’s future climate havens.
Imagine U.S. citizens buying hundreds of billions of dollars of climate bonds for sustainable development and to build a sustainable economy, based on good-paying clean-energy jobs, while reducing our production of harmful greenhouse gasses.
Also, across the U.S. and around the world, the public and private sectors are investing billions in building and/or expanding passenger-train networks. Passenger trains are bringing their communities, especially transit-underserved communities, numerous benefits. These include the development of businesses in and around stations, which attracts and retains young professionals, many of whom prefer public transit to private automobiles. This all reduces regional economic disparities.
Twin Cities homes have become steadily less affordable since the 1990s. Recently, however, something has started to shift.
This week on National Links: flood insurance set to receive major reforms, Oakland weighs the impact of losing a baseball team and the undervalued importance of “third places.”
Recent discussion about Hennepin Avenue has raised the impact of the planned reconstruction on business. Fortunately we have a detailed case study on bike lanes and business from Toronto to learn from.
Market-rate housing has benefits, but they aren’t distributed evenly. That creates both an economic and political problems for new development.
There’s been a lot of talk about guinea pigs and rent stabilization lately. In fact, the Minnesota Multi Housing Association recently sent me a picture of a guinea pig! They even hired someone to come to my house and give me a second picture of a guinea pig! It’s almost like the Minnesota Multi Housing […]