Infrastructure

Expansion of Bike Infrastructure Fuels Growth of Multimodal Transit

The big picture in transportation and real estate trends is the growth of multiple transportation modes, shared uses of bikes and cars, and enormous expansions of bike infrastructure that are driving real estate investments and urban growth, according to experts who spoke at a 2016 ULI Spring Meeting session in Philadelphia recently.

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Trail-Oriented Development: New ULI Report Looks at Next Frontier in People-Friendly Design

Real estate developers and cities are becoming more responsive to cyclists’ needs by creating an increasing number of amenities tailored to those who would rather bike than drive. A new ULI publication, Active Transportation and Real Estate: The Next Frontier, identifies this trend as “trail-oriented development,” the latest phase in the evolution of urban development from car-centric to people-friendly design.

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Battle for a New Times Square: An Excerpt from Streetfight

In an excerpt from her new book, Janette Sadik-Khan describes overseeing dramatic changes to New York’s transportation system, including building miles of bike lanes, creating public plazas across the city—and closing part of Times Square to cars.

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Trading Parking Spots for More Public Space on Philadelphia’s Grays Ferry Avenue

A decade ago, the 2200 block of Grays Ferry Avenue, the one-third of a triangular intersection girding an inoperative 19th-century fountain, was mostly prized for the handful of parking spaces it offered. Today, the street is closed to vehicular traffic and festooned with planters, painted asphalt, café tables, and a bike-sharing station.

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Recent Articles

  • TOD Matures in Philadelphia, Focusing on Safety and Access

    April 4, 2016

    Even as the automobile took over early in the 20th century, Philadelphia’s rail system survived, and today in Greater Philadelphia, more than 325 rail stations provide access to an extensive network of Amtrak, commuter rail, subways, light rail, and trolley services.

  • Multimodal Transit Dials Down the Need for Cars in Cities

    March 28, 2016

    Local and regional transportation planners often consider two distinct options—people driving to and from work, or people using mass transit. But the rise of shared transportation modes is rapidly changing that by creating new options for commuters, according to panelists at a recent conference sponsored by the Eno Center for Transportation, a Washington-based nonprofit charitable foundation seeking improvement in transportation and its public and private leadership.

  • In Print: The End of Traffic and the Future of Transport

    March 21, 2016

    One of the constants in transportation is traffic. It always increases—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly—challenging engineers to find ways to regularly expand roads. The authors of this book bring a contrary, and possibly threatening, alternative to conventional practice.

  • Placemaking on the Pike

    A national developer is transforming a former retail strip center in the Washington, D.C., suburbs into a dense, urban, mixed-use neighborhood.

  • Contagious Density: Embracing Urban Aspects of Suburban Development

    March 16, 2016

    For suburban developers, density used to be a dirty word, but not anymore. “It’s really about using less land to generate more tax revenue and income. I think everybody’s figuring this thing out now,” said James Mazzarelli, senior vice president of Liberty Property Trust, speaking at a recent ULI Philadelphia event.

  • In Print: Conservation for Cities: How to Plan and Build Natural Infrastructure

    March 14, 2016

    Robert McDonald writes from Washington, D.C., where he is a senior scientist for sustainable land use at the Nature Conservancy. In this modest and succinct primer, he explains with an engaging informality ways to deal with many of the standard environmental shortcomings affecting U.S. cities, whether caused by the forces of nature or by human misuse.

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