News Roundup

Solar Bike Path Opens This Week In The Netherlands

A Dutch project that integrates solar panels into a bike commuter path will officially open this week, on a special roadway outside Amsterdam. Power generated by the SolaRoad’s panels will be funneled into the national energy grid.

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Source: NPR.org | Archived Copy

Filed under: Bicycles | Environment | Infrastructure | Sustainable Development | Transportation

Nov 10 2014

“Pilot program” puts bike lane on Baronne Street

In 2008, New Orleans built its very first bike lane — a stripe along St. Claude Avenue. Today, the city boasts 87 miles of bikeways with a goal to bring that number past 100 by the end of the year, according to the New Orleans Department of Public Works.

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Source: Gambit | Archived Copy

Filed under: Bicycles | Infrastructure | Sustainable Development | Transportation

Oct 31 2014

New Orleans’ tourism industry booms but income inequality remains entrenched

People come from all over the world to visit New Orleans, and they spend money while they are here. Walker wondered why he and his fellow workers see so little of it. “This is a tourism city,” he said. “It just don’t make no sense that we are living paycheck to paycheck like this.”

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Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune | Archived Copy

Filed under: Community Economics

Oct 31 2014

Parking Parade Remade

Lovely Rita’s business is getting a makeover for modern times. Last month installation began on 1,361 new parking meters around the city. The city will be replacing 950 single-post meters, and 311 multi-box meters with a modern box. The new-fangled machines will be solar powered and touch screen enabled and will have replaced the old ones by the end of the year.

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Source: NOLA Defender | Archived Copy

Filed under: Infrastructure | Transportation

Oct 31 2014

Business Leaders Cheer Protected Bike Lanes Into Busy Downtown Pittsburgh

Penn Avenue’s new one-mile bidirectional bike lane, being installed over the next few weeks with a total planning and construction budget of $73,000, will be one of the first protected lane projects in any American central business district.

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Source: People For Bikes | Archived Copy

Filed under: Bicycles | Healthy Communities | Infrastructure | Sustainable Development | Transportation

Oct 31 2014

Nonprofit releases aerial photos of $9.1 million Lafitte Greenway under construction

Friends of Lafitte Corridor have posted new aerial photos of the Lafitte Greenway, which is about 50 percent complete and scheduled to open in early 2015.

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Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune | Archived Copy

Filed under: Bicycles | Healthy Communities | Infrastructure | Sustainable Development | Urban Design

Oct 31 2014

Property tax break approved for third phase of South Market District

The New Orleans Industrial Development Board this week approved a property tax break for the third phase of the downtown South Market District development, a mix of apartments, retail and parking under construction off Loyola Avenue.

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Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune | Archived Copy

Filed under: Good Governance

Oct 17 2014

Will the sharing economy make us all Republicans?

Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians are all vying to outdo each other in portraying the popular company, and its political struggles to avoid regulatory strangulation, as a poignant validation of their worldview.

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Source: The Washington Post | Archived Copy

Filed under: Community Economics | Good Governance | Transportation

Sep 22 2014

How to Build a Greener Driveway

The next time you hear the rhythm of rain as it drums overhead, grab your boots and venture outside to follow the rainwater’s journey. After it hits your roof, where does it go to next?

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Source: Houzz | Archived Copy

Filed under: Healthy Communities | Infrastructure | Real Estate | Rebuilding New Orleans | Sustainable Development | Urban Design | Urban Ecology

Sep 14 2014