Today on Streetsblog.net

2951392025_c5a315b489.jpgStreetsblog Network is our brand new clearinghouse of sustainable transport, smart growth and livable streets news, linked from blogs across the country. Here’s a taste of what’s on the site right now.

Seeking Redemption for the Strip Mall. Milwaukee, WI: Is there an upside to strip mall sprawl? Some believe big box stores like Wal-Mart, by forcing small retailers to diversify, make a valuable and necessary contribution to the economy. Where looks at how "the boxscape" might be an asset to a new suburbia.

The Meaning of an American Commonwealth. Indianapolis, IN: What role should the federal government play in ensuring economic health for all regions of the nation? What responsibility do prosperous areas have to those suffering a downturn? Midwesterners and others debate the answer on The Urbanophile.

Also on Streetsblog.net: bike commuting tips, congestion pricing in San Francisco, thoughts from Texas on how to encourage connectivity in subdivisions, and much more.

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MTA Service Cuts Would Strand Some NYers Far From Nearest Transit Route (News) News Reporter Walks the Extra Mile to Alternate Bus Stop Bike Racks on Buses: Convenient, Cheap, and Nowhere to Be Found in NYC (NY Examiner) The Govt Is in the Car-Selling Business. Now What? (Money) Desperate Times for Mall Owners (NYT) Speeding […]

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From Strip Mall to Neighborhood

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Just how much potential is embedded in the local strip mall with its acres of surface parking? A project in Montgomery County, Maryland, provides a great example of how to transform car-oriented suburban development into a walkable place with a mix of uses. Dan Reed has been tracking the progress of Pike + Rose, a […]

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Image: Leimert Park Beat We’re coming to the end of our first week at Streetsblog Network. The response has been overwhelming and very heartening. We’ve been getting e-mails from all over the country, and the message we’re hearing is that people are craving connection with others who are thinking about the ways in which smart […]

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News Comes Out Strong Against Malcolm Smith’s Latest MTA Plan So Does Bloomberg (Post, NY1) Smith Retorts, Prepares for Puerto Rico Junket (Daily Politics) Joe Biden Spent Earth Day Talking Transit at a Bus Depot (Takeaway) Future Looks Lively for Allen and Pike Street Malls (Villager) Hoarding Metrocards Won’t Spare You From Higher Fare (News) […]
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It’s Not Good Transit If the Streets Nearby Aren’t Good for Walking

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All transit stops aren’t created equal. The street environment around the station — especially safe, convenient pedestrian access — has a major influence on how people use transit. Edward Russell at Greater Greater Washington compares two stops that offer very different walking environments — one in San Diego and one in Washington: The 1.1-mile walk from the Grossmont Trolley station […]