You Know I’d Bike 1,000 Miles: New York City celebrates milestone achievement in bike infrastructure

City Terrain, East, News, Transportation
Friday, September 25, 2015
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Marking the 1,000th mile of bike lane on Clinton Street (Courtesy NYC DOT)

Marking the 1,000th mile on Clinton Street (Courtesy NYC DOT)

The New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) announced this week that it has created 1,000 miles of bike lanes (map) across the five boroughs. The 1,000th mile, on which just opened along Clinton Street in Lower Manhattan, is one of twelve new miles planned for 2015.

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New York City’s Citi Bike bike-share system expands into New Jersey

City Terrain, East, News, Transportation
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
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(Courtesy Joe Mazzola / Flickr)

(Courtesy Joe Mazzola / Flickr)

Bike sharing is a trend that is taking the country by storm of late as Jersey City, New Jersey, jumps on the biking bandwagon installing 35 docking stations for 350 bicycles.

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21 Winners Chosen for Federal Transit-Oriented Development Planning Grants

City Terrain, National, News, Transportation
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
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(Courtesy DoT)

(Courtesy DOT)

Twenty one planning projects have been awarded over $19 million between them by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in a bid to boost transportation infrastructure funding.

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Downtown Cleveland Alliance taps Chicago’s PORT to reinvent a shadowy underpass

Renderings of a plan to remake the Main Avenue Bridge underpass in Cleveland. (PORT)

Renderings of a plan to remake the Main Avenue Bridge underpass in Cleveland. (PORT)

Chicago-based PORT Urbanism will work with the Downtown Cleveland Alliance to turn a forbidding underpass near Cleveland‘s warehouse district into a vibrant pedestrian space, now that the Chicago-based firm has been selected as the winner of a design competition to revive the Main Avenue Bridge. Read More

Pictorial> The Hills come alive on Governors Island

View from the path leading up to Outlook Hill (Audrey Wachs / AN)

View from the path leading up to Outlook Hill (Audrey Wachs / AN)

Standing near the top of Outlook Hill, Leslie Koch, president of The Trust for Governors Island, explained the reason for commissioning four huge earth mounds on an island in the middle of New York Harbor. “Most New Yorkers don’t experience that fancy view [of the skyline]. You don’t get to see the city on high from the city that created views.” The Hills, part of a $220 million renovation of Governors Island, do create new ways of viewing the city and its surroundings.

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Diana Balmori launches a vegetated island floating along Brooklyn’s toxic Gowanus Canal

(Branden Klayko / AN)

(Branden Klayko / AN)

Landscape architect Diana Balmori has been planting floating gardens and launching them into the middle of Brooklyn‘s Gowanus Canal only to have the plant life killed off by the Superfund site‘s toxic waters. “We’ve been working on this a year,” she told AN today along the canal’s edge looking at GrowOnUs, her latest floating landscape. “We did three test plantings, but they all died in the canal.”

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West 8 to remake a boulevard in Rotterdam into a pedestrian and cyclist–oriented thoroughfare

Renderings of the Coolsingel. Courtesy West 8

Renderings of the Coolsingel. (Courtesy West 8)

This month, Adriaan Visser of Rotterdam‘s city council and Adriaan Geuze, principal of landscape architecture firm West 8, unveiled a new plan for the municipality’s 0.6 mile long Coolsingel. The streetscape aims to restore the allure of the 19th century boulevard which once defined the area.

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Report: Red tape and deferred maintenance balloon U.S. infrastructure costs to $3.7 trillion

City Terrain, National, News, Transportation
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
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The overhead steel truss on a pair of I-5 bridges spanning the Skookumchuck River in Washington State is one piece of infrastructure getting overdue repairs. Hits from overheight loads will be fixed and the overhead clearance will be straightened out to and even height across all lanes. (Washington State Department of Transportation)

The overhead steel truss on a pair of I-5 bridges spanning the Skookumchuck River in Washington State is one piece of infrastructure getting overdue repairs. Hits from overheight loads will be fixed and the overhead clearance will be straightened out to and even height across all lanes. (Washington State Department of Transportation via Flickr)

A new report attempts to quantify the cost of our national reluctance to fix aging bridges, railroads and power lines. Delays in approving infrastructure projects cost the United States some $3.7 trillion, according to the nonpartisan think tank Common Good—more than twice what it would take to fix the infrastructure in the first place, according to a report titled Two Years, Not Ten Years: Redesigning Infrastructure Approvals.

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Boomtown: Houston poised to overtake Chicago as country’s third-largest city by 2025

Downtown Houston. (eflon / Wikimedia Commons)

Downtown Houston. (eflon / Wikimedia Commons)

The Texas metropolis of Houston is famous (or perhaps infamous) for its sprawling footprint. But as recent census numbers affirm, that growth reflects more than just a lack of zoning—within 10 years, more people will live in Houston than Chicago, according to information from health departments in Illinois and Texas. (Read AN‘s feature examining Houston’s first General Plan here.)

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Jersey City implementing pioneering 2013 Housing Plan to spur affordability, dense development

Rendering of proposed market rate and affordable housing complex (Courtesy Jersey City Mayor's Office)

Rendering of proposed market rate and affordable housing complex (Courtesy Jersey City Mayor’s Office)

In 2016, Jersey City’s population is set to exceed Newark’s. With an influx of newcomers, city officials have pioneered a tax incentive plan that encourages new development while actively combating segregation by income. While these goals usually conflict, officials are confident that the program, Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT), will meet the needs of all stakeholders.

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Pentagram and WXY team up for supersized aerial signage at Rockaway Beach’s new boardwalk

Aerial view of Rockaway Beach boardwalk (Albert Vecerka / Esto)

Aerial view of Rockaway Beach boardwalk. (Albert Vecerka / Esto)

The architecture studio WXY, engineering firm C2HM, and Pentagram have partnered to rebuild the boardwalk on Rockaway Beach. When it’s complete in 2017, the new boardwalk will be a five and a half mile long segmented cement walkway featuring graphic signage that can only be read from the air. Read More

Atlanta plans to combat food deserts by hiring its first Urban Agriculture Director

Urban farming in Atlanta (Courtesy UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Science)

Urban farming in Atlanta (Courtesy UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Science)

Atlanta has staked a commitment on urban agriculture. The city is poised to hire its first Urban Agriculture Director this fall. Conceived by the office of Mayor Kasim Reed, the position is part of a strategy to eliminate food deserts in south and west Atlanta by promoting agriculture within the city limits.

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