3.7.13 -3.15.13

From Green Lane Project:

Portland Retailers Swoop into Storefronts Along Bikeways

“Bikes, it turns out, seem to be a perfect way to get people to the few retail categories that are thriving in the age of mail-order everything: bars, restaurants and personal services. And in Portland, where an early investment in basic bikeways has made bikes a popular way to run errands, retailers are responding by snapping up strorefronts with good bike exposure.”

Full Story: http://greenlaneproject.org/blog/view/location-location-portland-retailers-swoop-into-storefronts-along-bikeways

From StreetsBlog LA:

LaBonge: Looser Parking Restrictions Would Make Car Share More Attractive

“As the City of Los Angeles continues to mull through a series of proposals to expand Car Sharing from its current 40-space contract with ZipCar, Council Member Tom LaBonge is pushing a new idea. LaBonge wants to see the city loosen parking restrictions for carshare vehicles, providing an alternative to dedicating spaces providers.”

LaBonge: Looser Parking Restrictions Would Make Car Share More Attractive

From Bike Portland via Metro Library and Archive:

Behind the Scenes of Capital Bikeshare

“When Capital Bikeshare launched in September 2010, it had 49 stations and 400 bikes. Today, Gilliland and his staff oversee 199 stations and 1,700 bikes that span throughout the DC region.”

Behind the scenes of Capital Bikeshare

From DC StreetsBlog via Metro Library and Archive:

Bicycling Means Business: How Cycling Enriches People and Cities

‘“Bicycling is a good investment, not just for cyclists, but for the entire city, state and region,” said the Bike League’s Darren Flusche at a morning panel of the Summit.’

http://dc.streetsblog.org/2013/03/08/bicycling-means-business-how-cycling-enriches-people-and-cities/

From KPCC via Metro Library and Archive:

Map: Downtown Los Angeles Streetcar will Help Create a Car-Free Urban Core

“Soon it may be easier to move around downtown Los Angeles without a vehicle. As an enticement to return to the urban core, a flurry of new attractions, skyscraper hotels, museums and parklets are being planned or under construction.”

http://www.scpr.org/news/2013/03/09/36277/map-streetcar-latest-project-downtown-LA/

From Science Daily via Metro Library and Archive:

Walk it Out: Urban Design Plays Key Role in Creating Healthy Cities

“Residents of new housing developments increased their exercise and their wellbeing when they had more access to shops and parks, a new University of Melbourne study reveals.”

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130307124427.htm

From StreetsBlog LA:

From LA Curbed via Metro Library and Archive

Busway or Light Rail on Van Nuys? Metro Opens Up the Debate

“Metro has begun seeking public comments on their proposals to majorly amp up the north-south transit line in the Valley, primarily along Van Nuys Boulevard”

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/03/busway_or_light_rail_on_van_nuys_metro_opens_up_the_debate.php

From Daily News via StreetsBlog LA

More People Taking Public Transportation, LA’s Metro System Lead the Way

“Record numbers of Americans ditched their own cars and took public transportation in 2012, resulting in the nation’s second highest annual ridership since 1957. The American Public Transportation Association said Monday some of the largest increases occurred in Los Angeles, where the popular Expo Line opened last April.”

http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_22768357/more-people-taking-public-transportation

From Atlantic Cities:

Mixed-Use Neighborhoods May Be Safer, Too

“Neighborhoods with a mix of residences, offices and retail outlets are now conventionally thought to have a host of benefits, a departure in thinking from the years of urban planning when cities sought to segregate uses of land, with the houses in one corner of town and the shopping district in another.”

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2013/03/mixed-use-neighborhoods-may-be-safer-ones-too/4962/

From Atlantic Cities:

Is There a Link Between Walkability and Local School Performance?

“Some early attempts to map the question in D.C. suggest that there might be. But what does the correlation tell us?”

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2013/03/there-link-between-walkability-and-local-school-performance/4992/

From LA Times:

California is the Second-Most Expensive State for Rents, Report Says

“Wage earners must take home $53,627 annually, or $25.78 an hour, to afford a two-bedroom home, making California the second-least affordable state”

http://www.latimes.com/classified/realestate/la-fi-mo-california-second-most-expensive-rent-20130311,0,1112423.story

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