The Sand Crisis
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Every day at The Overhead Wire we sort through over 1,500 news items about cities and share the best ones with our email list. At the end of the week, we take some of the most popular stories and share them with Urban Milwaukee readers. They are national (or international) links, sometimes entertaining and sometimes absurd, but hopefully useful.
Curbside bus lanes aren’t great for buses: As cities implement more bus lanes to speed rider’s trips, officials are finding that the rules of the bus lane are hard to enforce and drivers often flout the rules. This is especially true in curb bus lanes that are most proximate to businesses and destinations. So why do we keep building them? Because it gives the impressions that political leaders are getting things done and they are cheaper than tried and true lanes. (Annie Weinstock | Reorientations)
County Sues TXDOT, FHWA says pause freeway plans: Harris County, home to the City of Houston, has sued the Texas Department of Transportation over freeway expansions through downtown that would displace more than 1,000 homes as well as businesses and park land. The Federal Highway Administration also announced it would ask TXDOT to halt any work on the project until they can review concerns they had received about civil rights violations under Title VI. (Paul Debendetto | Houston Public Media)
Cities are made for men, Sarah Everard’s death made it clear: In a world designed by a majority of male architects and urban planners, women often have to adapt to a world in which they don’t quite fit. This reality has come to the forefront after the death of Londoner Sarah Everard at the hands of a Metropolitan police officer last week. While violence against women is a long term societal issue, planning can help elevate awareness and knowledge about needed cultural change. (Leslie Kern | Vox)
A crisis of sand: Sand as a construction material is used in everything from concrete to glass to silicon chips. But we aren’t sure how much supply we have or whether we’re going to run out of the material soon because it’s not measured or monitored like other commodities. Additionally, the mining of sand has created a human crisis in countries like India where mafias have control over the mining process, which also creates environmental damage due to limited regulations. (Ajit Niranjan | Deutsche Welle)
Quote of the Week
It is incongruous with our intent … that an agency would take federal support from the taxpayer and then cut services to those same taxpayers. That doesn’t work for us.
-Mass. Congressman Stephen Lynch in the Boston Globe discussing MBTA’s service cuts in light of the large amount of money given to them to save service and jobs.
This week on the podcast, Angie Rivera-Malpiede, board chair of the Regional Transportation District in Denver, has a direct conversation with Cindy Chavez, former board chair of the VTA and current Santa Clara County, Calif. supervisor about Latina leadership in transit.
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