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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Obama’s Stimulus: Too Much Emphasis on Roads and Bridges?

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There’s a lot of reaction from members of the the Streetsblog Network to President-elect Obama’s address this weekend. Some transit advocates, like The Transport Politic, are putting a positive spin on it, and Ryan Avent at The Bellows says, "it’s really amazing to see the wave of public intellectual criticism [for] Obama’s potential stimulus plan." […]

Who’s Really Footing the Bill for Roads?

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Here comes the car: A 1905 mural from the Detroit Public Library. Today on the Streetsblog Network, M-bike.org ("Promoting safe and convenient bicycling in Metro Detroit") takes a moment to set the record straight on who’s really paying for road maintenance in this country: Most cyclists have heard or read it before: bicyclists shouldn’t have […]

Columbus and Its Mall: This Marriage Can’t Be Saved

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The New York Times published an article a few days ago on the waning of the American mall, presenting the nation’s relationship to its shopping centers — and the rampant consumerism that relationship represents — as a troubled marriage: So the mall we married has become the toxic spouse we can’t quit, though we really […]

Reaching Across the Urban-Suburban Divide

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As today’s post from Seattle Transit Blog acknowledges, criticizing the place where someone lives is one of the surest ways to create division and contention when discussing planning issues: Photo by yuan2003 via Flickr. If I criticize a portion of Bellevue’s cul-de-sac development, a commenter is just as likely to deride my urban elitism as […]