Jeff Wood
Urban Reads

Brussels Transportation Transformation

All the city news you can use.

By - May 21st, 2023 12:23 pm
Brussels. (Pixabay license).

Brussels. (Pixabay license).

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.

Taking a lesson from Brussels: One of the most car oriented cities in Europe, Brussels Belgium offers a way forward for US cities looking to tame automobile traffic in the urban core. Bike commutes have tripled in the last few years and car trips have dropped as the city implements more active transportation policies. Several inflection points got the city to where it is now, but the pandemic really had an impact as it allowed previous planning to be implemented so people could walk and bike more. (David Zipper | Bloomberg CityLab)

Saving transit is cheaper than letting it die: A new report from the Bay Area advocacy group Transform shows that not supporting transit agencies in the Bay Area with tough funding situations would cost riders $5B in annual car ownership costs alone. Agencies have asked for $2.5B to support continued operations but the governor has not included it in the state budget. The change would also generate 35 million new car trips and untold traffic and emissions. (Melanie Curry | Streetsblog CA)

Death of a building type: On June 24th, 2021 as the pandemic was raging on, an condo building collapsed just north of Miami. A full investigation of the collapse won’t be available until 2024, but Richard Buday knows from his days on a condo board that it was likely neglect by owners and board members that didn’t want to spend the money. It’s likely two thirds of condos in the US are underfunded for fixes, and it might be time to say goodbye to the creation of condos for good. (Richard Buday | Common Edge)

What food garden benefits the environment?: If you want to start a climate victory garden in your back yard to support the cause, what food has the least amount of impact? Food miles in terms of how much travel is done to get to market don’t matter as much as how it’s grown. And research shows that backyard or medium scale agriculture could actually be less climate intensive that realized. (Michael J. Coren | Washington Post)

Coastal cities now pricing out college graduates too: For a long time, coastal metros have been losing workers without a college degree to other regions as higher educated workers moved in. But now data is showing that even college educated workers are leaving high cost areas, which seems to be confusing economists who believe high pay for some still makes these areas attractive. (Emily Badger, Robert Gebeloff and Josh Katz | New York Times)

Quote of the Week

What the city is collecting is inadequate. And so community members and civic groups have decided to take that into their own hands.

-New York City Councilmember Alexa Avilés in Consumer Reports discussing the increased need to collect air quality and truck traffic data from warehouses

This week on the podcast, my good friend Jeff Munowitch of Populus is joining the show to talk about “Star Wars”! We talk about the top five transportation modes and our top five cities in a galaxy far, far away.

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