DOT head challenges mayors on bicycle, walking safety
USA Today — January 22, 2015
As more people opt to walk instead of drive and as bicycling continues to grow in popularity, traffic deaths of pedestrians and bicyclists have been trending upward for several years, at a rate higher than motor vehicle fatalities.
Urban Headwinds, Suburban Tailwinds
Forbes — January 22, 2015
Although home prices are rising faster in urban neighborhoods, population is growing faster in suburban neighborhoods. Consumer preferences and the aging of the population are tailwinds for suburban growth; so are falling oil prices if they stay low long-term.
Maybe Millennials Don’t Want to Live in Cities After All
TIME — January 22, 2015
The accepted wisdom about millennials is that they shun the suburbs for the cities. They want to be in urban cores next to easily accessible public transportation options that allow them to seamlessly hit up bars, restaurants and any space with wi-fi.
Earthquakes, floods and volcanoes: The most disaster-prone places in America
The Washington Post — January 21, 2015
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared more than 3,000 disasters since 1953, covering the gamut of large-scale calamities ranging from tornadoes to terrorism, and everything in between. Since 1964, they’ve been tracking these disaster declarations at the county level, which I’ve mapped below.
Will low gas prices hurt mass transit?
The Week — January 23, 2015
As it happens, this year will see the confluence of several important transportation trends, each with implications for mass-transit ridership. The most discussed of these trends, of course, is the ongoing decline in the price of gasoline.