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Streetcars still engines of economic development

The impact of streetcars on neighborhoods, development, and commercial districts has come up in several reports that I have come across recently.

Fitch: Cities outperform suburbs

Housing in cities centers have increased in value by 50 percent more than surrounding metro areas in the last two decades, according to the financial rating agency Fitch.

We don't really care about automobile accidents

After all the gruesome crashes, with countless little crosses lining the roadways, here’s what I’ve learned: We don’t really care. We don’t really care how many people die or are injured.

Over-wide streets? You may regret it

A clear body of evidence has accumulated that narrower lanes are safer on major urban thoroughfares that also include pedestrians.

More businesses choose downtowns and walkable locations

As I reported earlier this year, more and more businesses are choosing to locate in downtowns and walkable suburban locations, in part to attract younger workers who prefer a less car-dependent, more urban lifestyle.

Walkable urban places growing in Michigan

Of the state's top seven metro areas, Detroit-Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids lead the way toward walkable urbanism.

Firms move downtown and change workforce geography

Businesses across the US are relocating downtown to seek talent, find more productive workspace, and be where the action is, according to the study Core Values.

Plugged in or wireless, Americans grow more isolated

Restoring the civic commons is key to making progress on many challenges, according to a new report.

New index examines livability

AARP has launched a Livability Index, which is the most comprehensive attempt at measuring quality of life in neighborhoods throughout the US. It is useful and problematic.

How complete streets help people and economies

Streets re-designed with all users in mind—pedestrians, transit users, and bicyclists as well as drivers of motor vehicles—generally deliver safety, environmental, and economic benefits.

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