Infrastructure

Investors Willing to Fill the Void for Spending on Infrastructure, Energy

Panelists at the recent ULI Japan Conference in Tokyo said that even a mature market such as Japan offers significant opportunities, due to a program of public/private partnerships designed to ease the burden on the state, but a $1 trillion “infrastructure gap” exists worldwide.

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A public/private partnership in New York City is at the forefront of the trend toward free public wi-fi hotspots, with the new LinkNYC kiosks being rolled out across the city’s five boroughs.  (Intersection)

How Cities, Property Owners Are Integrating Wi-Fi, Charging Stations

Free public wi-fi and charging stations are being deployed through outdoor public furniture and fixtures—benches, shelters, streetlight poles, trash cans, and other common features.

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In Print: Start-Up City: Inspiring Private & Public Entrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having Fun

In choosing the title for this book, Gabe Klein, best known as the former head of the city departments of transportation in Washington, D.C., and later Chicago, refers to the entrepreneurial mentality that public sector workers can bring to government.

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Mapping Access to Transit, Jobs across the United States

The Chicago-based nonprofit Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and New York City–based TransitCenter unveiled an interactive transit tool in April that maps the access, quality, and use of transit across 371 cities in the United States, aggregating and mapping data from 805 transit agencies, 15,070 routes, and 543,787 bus and rail stops nationwide.

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Recent Articles

  • Expansion of Bike Infrastructure Fuels Growth of Multimodal Transit

    April 29, 2016

    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.

  • Trail-Oriented Development: The Next Frontier in People-Friendly Design

    April 25, 2016

    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.

  • Battle for a New Times Square: An Excerpt from Streetfight

    April 15, 2016

    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.

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

    April 14, 2016

    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.

  • 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.

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