User: flenvcenter Topic: Transportation-National
Category: Multi-Modal Transportation :: Pedestrians
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Man Started Utah Wildfire To 'Signal For Help,' Police Say 24.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A man who allegedly started a brush fire in Utah that claimed up to 40 acres of old growth trees did it to signal for help, police said Wednesday. Weston Vetere, 25, of Green River, got stuck in his vehicle trying to turn around on a hillside, so he allegedly lit up some nearby brush to try and get authorities' attention, according to a Grand County sheriff's press release . The ensuing wildfire burned up to 40 acres of old growth Cottonwood trees on April 13, police said. One firefighter suffered burns "when he stepped into a burned-out stump hole on the property," and was taken to a nearby hospital, according to the release. Several structures were threatened by the fire, but weren't damaged. Vetere was arrested and charged with arson. Court records show that he has been charged with a slew of felonies in the past, including driving under the influence, weapons charges, drug possession and sexual battery. He served time in jail for the drug possession charges, but it wasn't clear whether he was ...
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Why You Should Stay in Boston for the Rest of Your Life 22.4.2015 Boston Globe: Latest
Boston ranks high on the AARP’s “Livability Index,” indicating it offers something to all age groups.
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The Top 10 Greenest Cities In America 22.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Big city life doesn't have to mean overwhelming smog and environmental anguish. In fact, according to a new study by NerdWallet.com , those seeking a greener lifestyle have several great options to choose from. NerdWallet gathered statistics from the 150 largest cities in America to determine which are the most environmentally friendly. The analysis was based on environmental quality, methods of transportation, sources of energy and housing density. Honolulu, Hawaii, with its excellent air quality and extensive adoption of solar technology , topped the list. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 12 percent of the households on the island of Oahu have rooftop solar panels . The national average, 0.5 percent of households according to the Solar Electric Power Association, pales in comparison. New York City's high public transportation usage earned it the No. 6 spot on the list, with 56 percent of commuters using its vast public transit network. Population and residential density worked ...
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Work slows on St. Croix bridge after ironworkers walk out 22.4.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
An apparent dispute between main contractor Lunda/Ames Joint Venture and a Hudson-based sub sparked the walkout by 100 workers Friday. MnDOT's project manager calls it "a bump in the road."
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A Lot of Boston Commutes by Foot. Is That Good for Business? 21.4.2015 Boston Globe: Latest
A Lot of Boston Commutes by Foot. Is That Good for Business?
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Big City Living May Help You Slow Down, Stress Less, and Be Happy 21.4.2015 Truthout.com
From New York City to Barcelona, cities across the world are turning to "slow living" to make their communities happier and healthier in the face of increasing urbanization. The industrial city of Wenzhou, China, (population 2 million) is currently known for its rapid development as an economic hub, but some residents hope it may someday be known as a "slow city." Recently, a delegation of Wenzhou citizens visited the Tuscany headquarters of  Cittaslow , an organization credited with starting the slow cities movement. The delegation was concerned about the side effects of a hyper, fast-paced life and wanted to learn more about how living slow might preserve cultural heritage in China. The delegation visited local markets and artisans' studios, including a shop where the Italian art of handmade shoes is still practiced. The artisans they met emphasized the role Cittaslow has played in preserving the value of crafts, like shoemaking, that are only possible with a great deal of time invested and a strong ...
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Five Cities Show the Future of Walkability 21.4.2015 THE CITY FIX
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists at EMBARQ Brasil, the series will feature in depth articles on urban planning, ...
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James D. Winsor, 82, journalist 19.4.2015 Philly.com News
James D. Winsor IV, 82, formerly of Ardmore, a journalist in the trucking and equipment engine industry, died Wednesday, April 8, of congestive heart failure at his home in Beaumont at Bryn Mawr.
A new vision for North Main 19.4.2015 Durango Herald
Crossing North Main Avenue can be treacherous for cyclists and pedestrians, but change could be coming in the next few years to help make the corridor safer and more vibrant. City staff members and hired consultants are assessing the avenue from 14th Street to Animas View Drive to find new ways for bikes, buses, cars and pedestrians to...
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Walk ’n’ rollin’ at Needham 18.4.2015 Durango Herald
To school they came, walking, running, bicycling, skateboarding, scootering, riding in cars and buses – all the while celebrating a weeklong Walk-n-Roll-a-Thon.On Friday afternoon, the 500 students at Needham Elementary School reaped the rewards of their efforts – root-beer floats donated by Carver Brewing Co. and a chance...
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State analysts: Wisconsin transportation fund balance expected to grow 18.4.2015 Star Tribune: Business
Why is bicycling so divisive? 16.4.2015 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Conventional wisdom tells us not to bring up politics or religion in polite discussion. And if you live in a city, specifically Chicago, go ahead and add bicycles to that forbidden topics ...
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The 10 Most Walkable Cities in America 16.4.2015 Wired Top Stories
History isn't all that matters: Cities can change to cater to pedestrians instead of, or at least in addition to, ...
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This unnecessary pedestrian bridge is going to cost $6 million of public money 16.4.2015 MinnPost
streets.mn Check out this bridge! It’s a pedestrian bridge — meaning that it’s for pedestrians, walking “on foot” with their legs. For the sake of this post, say that you were in the market for a pedestrian bridge and, bear with me here, you wanted one that looked just like that one in the picture, but less pixelated and with a better-looking train under it. How much would you bid, on this pedestrian bridge that crosses a lightly-used two lane street and the corner of a train station? One half of one million dollars? One million dollars? Two million dollars? More than that? And yes, we are speaking about American dollars, currently one of the stronger currencies out there. So…three million dollars? No? If you would have stopped bidding at two million dollars, you would have lost the “auction” handily! Location of Downtown East Station, planned pedestrian bridge On Monday, the Transportation Committee of the Metropolitan Council (an organization the author of this post has gone out of his way to defend ...
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Need a zombie fix? Maybe IDOT can help 16.4.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Need a zombie fix? Maybe IDOT can help
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Why helmet laws and glow-in-the-dark paint just show who really owns the road 15.4.2015 TreeHugger
Eben Weiss just nails it in a brilliant Washington Post article.
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Lileks: Sorry, your walleye can't be found. Refresh / Cancel 12.4.2015 Star Tribune: Local
For downtown L.A.'s pedestrians, citations send a 'don't walk' signal 11.4.2015 LA Times: Opinion
The raised red hand flashes as Eduardo Lopez darts into the crosswalk outside L.A.'s 7th Street Metro station.
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I-94 closures might leave Neil Diamond fans song sung blue 10.4.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
A sunny weekend is on the way, but the forecast for motorists isn't nearly as nice. Long stretches of two metro area freeways will be shut down for the weekend, including I-94, likely affecting those heading to the Xcel Energy Center for a Neil Diamond concert Sunday night.
More reasons why twenty is plenty (or 30 is enough for metric types) 9.4.2015 TreeHugger
Turns out that there is a "perception angle" that means you see a lot less of what's around you at higher speeds.
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