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 […]
[This post first appeared on the blog The Smallest Cog, a bike shop in downtown Saint Paul that recently closed after a robbery. You can read more about why they shut their doors here.] As we close out our second season in the business we have been reflecting on who we are, what our niche […]
Every day at The Overhead Wire, we collect news about cities and send the links to our email list. At the end of the week we take some of the most popular stories and post them to Greater Greater Washington, a group blog similar to streets.mn that focuses on urban issues in the D.C. region. […]