Incorporating Health into Long-Range Transportation Planning

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), the metropolitan planning organization for the Dallas-Fort Worth region, has integrated health into its transportation planning process, including its most recent long-range transportation plan. By considering health in the transportation planning process, NCTCOG recognized the health benefits of initiatives it was already pursuing, such as those related to safety and air quality. …

Next Generation Scenario Planning: a Transportation Practitioner’s Guide

Also: The Rethinking Streets Project is soliciting examples of completed street or intersection retrofits for possible inclusion in a new book project, “Rethinking Streets for Bikes.” This project builds on the success of the original effort, “Rethinking Streets: An Evidence-Based Guide to 25 Complete Street Transformations.” The new book will be available for free download. Table of Contents, FHWA Fall 2017 1 What is Scenario Planning? …

A manifesto for community development (or design thinking and process)

In time Jones turned away from the search for systematic design methods. He realized that academic attempts to systematize design led, in practice, to the separation of reason from intuition and failed to embody experience in the design process. Jones called for the re-introduction of personal judgement, imagination, and aesthetic sensibility into the design process. He came to believe in ‘reversing …

Rep Tulsi Gabbard’s OFF Act is a Game Changer – Here’s Why

The Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act could not be more needed or timely — it details how we ethically get to 100% renewable energy by 2035. By Mark Schlosberg In September, Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) introduced the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act (OFF Act). This visionary bill comes as the nation bears witness to the …

Re-imaging Politics through the Lens of the Commons

By David Bollier, P2P Foundation.  This essay of mine appeared on September 21 at journal-e, published by the 21st Century Global Dynamics website, UC Santa Barbara. The rise of so many right-wing nationalist movements around the world—Brexit, Donald Trump, the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, anti-immigrant protests throughout Europe—have their own distinctive origins and contexts, to be sure. But in the aggregate, they are evidence …

Learning from early adopters in smart mobility: ID your city’s unique needs, be bold, focus on broad scale deployment

25 Sept 2017 Smart Cities Dive, Excerpt Getting started with lessons learned from early adopters Lesson 1: Identify your city’s unique needs Different cities, states and local municipalities will have different needs and goals when it comes to digitizing their transportation systems. Therefore, no one approach can be considered a panacea for all cities. For example, cities that only became …

How Big Corporations Game Our Democracy into Their Plutocracy. Also, Highlights from “The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class” by Sam Pizzigati

When public institutions are governed by private interests. By Ralph Nader, 4 Oct 2017 on Common Dreams A major chapter in American history – rarely taught in our schools – is how ever larger corporations have moved to game, neutralize and undermine the people’s continual efforts to protect our touted democratic society. It is a fascinating story of the relentless exercise …

How Benchmarking Data Can Help Cities Meet Climate Goals

By Amy Egerter, RMI September 12, 2017   Cities have set aggressive greenhouse gas reduction targets over the past few years. One of the most aggressive is Fort Collins, Colorado, which is targeting up to an 80 percent reduction by 2030, with interim benchmarks along the way. As deadlines draw nearer and the climate risks to urban centers grow, city leaders are …

Setting mid-range goals – one example

An Indian government’s think tank and the agency responsible for long-term planning has set a milestone of 100 gigawatts by 2020 for the country’s ambitious renewable energy targets.  According to a document released by the agency, the think tank has stated that the country must achieve at least 100 gigawatts of installed renewable energy capacity by March 2020 in order to achieve …