National League of Cities urges cities to consider congestion charging systems

The National League of Cities (NLC) released a new guide that encourages cities to consider congestion charging systems as a potentially economical solution to build thriving communities, calm traffic and improve quality of life for residents. Congestion pricing is a type of road-user charge system in which a flat or variable rate fee is charged to vehicles that drive in a specified area …

John Mclean is on a limited budget and is eligible for service at PCs for People, a nonprofit that sells refurbished computers and discounted internet. He’s helped by Fabian Vazquez, a customer service rep for the nonprofit, on September 4, 2019 at the retail store on Alameda Ave. (Tamara Chuang, The Colorado Sun) “The cruel irony of the digital divide” …

What is equitable and cost-effective investment in transportation? How is that changing?

Moving forward, MassDOT plans to target certain bottlenecks while taking a more active role in managing how the roads operate, clearing crashes more quickly, and working to improve people’s travel options throughout the state. New construction and technological solutions will help, but the agency will also evaluate smart pricing strategies in the most congested areas. Rail, bus, and other commuter …

What does a traffic jam in Atlanta have to do with segregation? Quite a lot.

By Kevin M. Kruse, NYTimes, Aug 14, 2019 Atlanta has some of the worst traffic in the United States. Drivers there average two hours each week mired in gridlock, hung up at countless spots, from the constantly clogged Georgia 400 to a complicated cluster of overpasses at Tom Moreland Interchange, better known as “Spaghetti Junction.” The Downtown Connector — a 12-to-14-lane …

US decline vs. China’s continued expansion

By Danny Haiphong, Blackagendareport.comAugust 10, 2019  U.S. imperialism views the One Belt One Road as an existential threat to the domination and monopoly of the dollar. “China is becoming deeply connected to Asia, Europe, and Africa and this spells doom for U.S. imperial hegemony.” The U.S. is once again mired in the political circus of the presidential election cycle. Corporate Democrats …

Lack of broadband puts tribal, rural areas ‘in jeopardy,’ lawmakers told

Havasupai Councilwoman Ophelia Watahomigie-Corliss said her tribe has made some progress on internet connectivity but it – like other residents of rural areas – is in danger of being left behind without broadband. (Photo by Miranda Faulkner/Cronkite News) By Miranda Faulkner | Cronkite News Thursday, July 11, 2019 WASHINGTON – The Havasupai tribe is falling behind in education, health and emergency …

Guess What’s Holding Back Wind Power in the US? No eminent domain for electricity

One man’s failed attempt to build a transmission line illustrates a unique American obstacle to clean energy.By Peter R. Orszag July 10, 2019, Bloomberg, “Guess What’s Holding Back Wind Power in the U.S. “ Peter R. Orszag is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist. He is the chief executive officer of financial advisory at Lazard. He was director of the Office of Management …

The 6 most walkable urban areas

Cailin Crowe, Smart Cities, Dive, July 9, 2019 New York City, Denver, Boston, Washington, DC, the San Francisco Bay Area and Chicago have been ranked the most “walkable” metro areas, according to the 2019 Foot Traffic Ahead report by The George Washington University School of Business and Smart Growth America.  Cities like Tampa, FL; Orlando, FL; and Phoenixstill have “an uphill climb to create …

Swedish university designs air pollution sensor for streetlights

Jason Plautz@Jason_Plautz Smart Cities Dive June 18, 2019 Researchers at Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology have developed an optical nano-sensor that detects low concentrations of air pollution and is small enough to be mounted on a streetlight, according to a release from the university. The device measures nitrogen dioxide pollution, which largely comes from automobile traffic or industrial activity. Breathing nitrogen dioxide …

Rapid Melting of Arctic Permafrost Shocks Scientists: Happening 70 years earlier than expected and estimated to impose costs of $70 trillion

Jordan DavidsonJun. 19, 2019 10:51AM ESTCLIMATEScientists found the most melting near Mould Bay on Prince Patrick Island, NWT, Canada. University of Alaska Fairbanks Permafrost Laboratory The Canadian Arctic is raising alarm bells for climate scientists. The permafrost there is thawing 70 years earlier than expected, a research team discovered, according to Reuters. It is the latest indication that the global climate crisis is ramping …