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Businesses Moving to Where the Public Transportation Is – Downtown

The deciding factor in Panasonic’s move of its North American headquarters from Secaucus, New Jersey to Newark was public transportation, according to Jim Reilly, vice president of corporate communications. The company relocated from a large corporate campus with lots of green space to an amenity-rich downtown location. Reilly said his company’s relocation has been “transformative”… Read more »

A Playbook for Persuading People to Use Public Transportation

The art of persuasion was on display in two sessions at the end of the Center for Transportation Excellence conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan this week. When attempting to convince someone to try something new – such as transportation alternatives to driving – arguing facts simply won’t work and usually makes the situation worse, according… Read more »

Transit Agencies Need Online Savvy to Influence Politics

Surveying and research modeling for transit ballot measures typically happens in the final crunch before elections. But Scott Wilkinson, founder of AlphaVu, makes a compelling case for transit agencies and transportation strategists to stay focused on how people are talking about them 365 days a year. “In transit, we’re feeling gun-shy. We’re used to people… Read more »

Smaller Communities Explore Health, Public-Transportation Connections

Five cities, five years to make a difference in their community’s health. That’s the challenge presented by the non-profit Health Initiative Coordinating Council (HICCup) and its Way to Wellville program. Founded in 2013 by prolific angel investor Esther Dyson, HICCup looks at common barriers to good health, such as poverty and education, but also questions… Read more »

Parking Lots are Craters that Create Urban Congestion

In case viewers are unclear about Streetsblog’s opinion of surface parking lots, its new video by the website’s editor Angie Schmitt is titled Parking Craters: Scourge of American Downtowns. In it, advocates ranging from professors to urban planners explain the deleterious effect these “depressions in the middle of an urban area formed by the absence of… Read more »

Bikeshare Holds Promise for Vibrant Student Life in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Spring recently sprung in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and many bikes sprung up around town. The flat landscape, accessible bike lanes, and convenient bike racks make it an ideal biking town. I just graduated after four years at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and in all that time, I have seen new bike lanes… Read more »

Building “Place” is the Means to Economic Prosperity for Communities

Community leaders nationwide need to recognize that “place” is their most valuable asset. The most effective way to maintain or build economic prosperity is to protect the character, uniqueness, and history of our towns. This was the message from Parris Glendenning – a board member of Smart Growth America and former Maryland governor – this… Read more »