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Philadelphia Moves Forward on Massive Green Jobs Plan

Newsworks | December 19, 2016

Philadelphia is moving forward with an ambitious plan to create 10,000 "green jobs" over 10 years.  It involves investing $1 billion in public and private money into energy efficiency projects in all city-owned buildings, schools, as well as 25,000 low-to-moderate income homes and 2,500 small businesses. Leaders cite CNT's Urban Opportunity Agenda study as part of the rationale for this initiative.  

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The DART Bus Dilemma: Who Will Pay to Stay?

The Des Moines Register | December 12, 2016

Three of the 18 central Iowa cities that make up the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority plan to pull out of the system within the next 18 months, citing increasing costs and a limited number of people using bus services.

Elkhart might soon become a fourth. The northern Polk County town has been paying into DART since its formation in 2006, but it receives no bus services. City officials will meet Monday to consider leaving the system.

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Condo Owners Renting Out Parking Spaces Airbnb-style

Crain's Chicago Business | December 12, 2016

Brandon Arnold walks 10 minutes to work from his River North condo and doesn't have a car, so he doesn't need the two parking spaces that came with it.

But other people do.

Using an app developed in Chicago, Arnold rents one of his spaces to a woman who keeps a car downtown for weekend use, and the other to a man who parks during working hours Monday to Friday. On weeknights and weekends, when that latter space is empty, Arnold occasionally rents it to people coming to the neighborhood to shop or eat.

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Top 20 Urban Planning Websites of 2016

The Global Grid | December 12, 2016

Our fifth annual ranking of urban planning websites is out! This year’s list is diverse and reflects the broad appeal and influence of urban planning not only among professionals, but also the public at-large. Like previous years, we used Alexa Analytics to rank the websites in this list and have chosen platforms dedicated exclusively to urban and city planning to ensure consistency. We hope that you will enjoy this year’s selection.

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Talking Headways Podcast: A Bus Full of People Should Go Ahead of a Tesla

Streetsblog USA | December 12, 2016

This week’s episode returns to the Shared Use Mobility Summit in Chicago for a great discussion of how the changing technology and information landscape could yield more equitable outcomes. Jackie Grimshaw of the Center for Neighborhood Technology moderated this panel featuring Anita Cozart of Policy Link, Rob Puentes of the Eno Center for Transportation, and Joshua Schank of LA Metro.

The discussion touches on several interesting topics, including the idea that innovation doesn’t have to arise from technology, the fact that not all people are benefitting from transportation investments, the measurement bias in the models we use to make transportation decisions, and much more. I highly recommend a listen.

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CNT.org named one of the Top 20 Urban Planning Websites of 2016

The Global Grid | December 2, 2016

Top 20 Urban Planning Websites of 2016

The Global Grid fifth annual ranking of urban planning websites is out! This year’s list is diverse and reflects the broad appeal and influence of urban planning not only among professionals, but also the public at-large. Like previous years, we used Alexa Analytics to rank the websites in this list and have chosen platforms dedicated exclusively to urban and city planning to ensure consistency.  CNT is the only Chicago organization on the list. 

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