Part of the the future 72nd Street Station of Second Avenue Subway. (Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin)

No Easy Solutions Funding Transformational U.S. Transit

Transit officials are finding innovative ways to bring private capital and more efficiency to their transit projects but unpredictable public funding makes it difficult to capture private investment while deferred maintenance also can increase costs later, said experts speaking at the ULI Tri-State Infrastructure Summit, held in late October by ULI New York.

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ULI Boston Report Outlines Barriers, Solutions to Rising Seas

Despite the record harsh winter of 2014–2015 that dumped 111 inches (281 cm) of snow on the city of Boston and the not-so-distant (2012) memory of the near-hit of Hurricane Sandy, instituting measures to safeguard against the effects of climate change and rising seas will not be an easy sell with the region’s utilities, property owners, government agencies, or general public.

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In Print: Atlas of Cities

A compelling and unique book, Atlas of Cities goes beyond maps to provide insights into the dynamics of how cities shape contemporary social and economic activities.

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Mayors Tackling the Bay Area’s Regional Housing, Transportation Challenges

The San Francisco Bay area is envied worldwide not only for its spectacular scenery and diversity, but also for its low unemployment rate. In the wake of spectacular economic growth, however, the region has developed a number of problems that threaten future success, including a housing supply/affordability crisis and an overburdened, underfunded transportation system.

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Recent Articles

  • Transbay District: Higher Densities and a New Transit-Oriented Neighborhood in Downtown San Francisco

    October 15, 2015

    The Transbay Transit Center—a new multimodal transit hub that includes a retail center and a 5.4-acre (2.2 ha) rooftop park—is under construction south of Market Street, San Francisco’s main commercial strip, which acts as a gateway to the city’s famous and well-developed Financial District to the north.

  • Real Returns for Investing in Resilience

    October 7, 2015

    As climate change poses greater financial risks to real estate in the form of near-term extreme weather events and longer-term impacts like sea-level rise, developers and owners are increasingly investing in new infrastructure and technologies, innovative design and construction methods, and other resilience strategies not only to protect their properties, but also to create value for their developments, according to Returns on Resilience: The Business Case, released by the Urban Land Institute.

  • Imagining the Driverless City

    October 2, 2015

    Robotic vehicles, drones, and other cutting-edge technological advances could soon reshape urban land use as radically as the automobile once did. Here are some leaders’ thoughts on how the future might look.

  • From Freeway to Boulevard

    September 25, 2015

    How the Hayes Valley neighborhood championed good city making—and affordable housing—following the Loma Prieta earthquake.

  • In Print: Parking Management for Smart Growth

    September 14, 2015

    A quick reading of this book leaves even the casual reader with an overwhelming sense of the compelling logic for more rational parking policies to support better development. It is surprising, therefore, that communities with significant implementation of such policies can be counted on one hand—San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and possibly Washington, D.C.

  • With Better Funding, City Buses Could Fill Transit Voids

    September 2, 2015

    Champaign, Illinois, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, are unlikely to make a list of American cities with the best transit systems anytime soon. Yet these two cities increased their annual bus ridership by about 50 percent over the past seven years.

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