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    EV charging network plans approved for all 50 states

    The FHWA’s approval unlocks $1.5 billion in NEVI program funds through fiscal years 2022 and 2023 for all jurisdictions across the U.S., allowing the build-out of chargers covering about 75,000 miles of highway.

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    Boston to grow bike lane network

    The city aims to add 9.4 miles by the end of 2023, becoming the latest since the pandemic began to substantially expand its bike network.

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    Don’t let flying taxis be the next scooters, city planners warn

    Private companies could begin operating air taxi services by 2024, experts said last week during the ITS World Congress in Los Angeles. Cities need to plan their regulatory approach now.

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    For many cities, budgets are doing fine, but worries about the future remain

    Rising home prices and a surge in federal funding helped provide some stability for city budgets during the pandemic, but inflation or a recession could create new pressures.

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    Austin, other US cities look to combat legacies of housing discrimination

    Systemic discrimination cost Black homeowners in Austin, Texas, over $290 million, according to a recent report. Leaders of that city and others are pledging to address structural inequities.

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    Southern states saw active apartment construction in urban areas

    Downtown Atlanta has delivered over 21,500 new units over the last 10 years, according to StorageCafe.

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    Austin launches homeless encampment management team, tool

    The digital tool will track encampment needs and trends to prioritize people with the highest health and safety risks.

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    Community involvement needed in traffic safety strategies, Vision Zero manager says

    A systematic approach to planning that assumes human error was among the strategies urged at a Washington, D.C.-area summit. Meanwhile, U.S. DOT seeks public input on vulnerable individuals and intersection safety.

  • With the Empire State Building behind it, the Alfred E. Smith Houses, a public housing development built and maintained by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), stand in in the Lower East Side
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    NYC to give free high-speed internet to public housing residents

    The Big Apple Connect program will provide free internet and cable services to more than 300,000 people who live in New York City Housing Authority developments by the end of 2023.

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    Self-driving cars’ benefits, perils outlined in new report

    Autonomous vehicles have the potential to improve equity and safety but need regulation at all levels to ensure those outcomes, an Urban Institute report concludes.

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    NIMBYism has declined over the course of the pandemic

    Sixty-two percent of visitors to coUrbanize websites named themselves as pro-development, compared with 49% in 2020.

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    Protected bike lanes in North Kansas City slowed traffic, increased biking: study

    Congestion also increased after the barriers protecting cyclists along the busy road were installed, a Streetlight Data study found.

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    Demand on the rise for electric vehicle charging at multifamily properties

    EV adoption will accelerate next year thanks to new tax credits and expanding options from automakers.

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    Massachusetts, Washington confirm plans to end gas car sales by 2035, following California

    State officials detailed their policy plans on Tuesday. Separately, GM announced a big rental EV order and weighed in on federal clean car standards.

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    California could phase out gas heaters by 2030 to cut smog

    The home and building appliances are “an underappreciated driver of unhealthy air quality in California cities,” non-profit advocates say in a report Tuesday, as state regulators consider only allowing zero-emissions alternatives.

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    To curb homelessness, Denver commits $2M for basic income pilot

    Households will receive up to $12,000 in direct cash payments over the course of the year. The Denver Basic Income Project is among a flurry of cash assistance programs being piloted or supported by U.S. cities.

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    Latinos in Transit aims for more people of color in management roles at transportation agencies

    Building connections, mentoring and scholarships are among the strategies LIT is using to advance people of color from front-line transit jobs into management, President Alva Carrasco says.

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    Transit agencies can’t hire enough drivers to keep the buses running

    Low pay, safety worries and other workplace issues dissuade potential workers, but a recent report from transit advocacy foundation TransitCenter says government and transit operators can address those concerns.

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    The top US cities for live-work-play development

    Mixed-use multifamily completions per year have quadrupled since 2010. Here are the cities where this trend is hot.

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    To break an impasse in connected vehicle tech, transportation leaders call for a federal policy framework

    A national framework could address the chicken-and-egg problem of who should invest in the technology first, carmakers or communities, transportation experts say. Without such guidance, each is hesitant to move forward.

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    Grocer, housing developer partner on essential services for older residents, families in affordable housing

    Grocery delivery, prescription and vaccination resources will be available to more than 133,000 residents across 520 properties in the U.S. through an Albertsons and WinnCompanies partnership.

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    150 years after the Great Chicago Fire, mass timber buildings are making a comeback

    Now equipped with fire-resistant technologies, a planned Chicago high-rise is among the latest building projects in the U.S. utilizing the carbon-sequestering building material.

  • Mark Majkrzak gives out bottles of water to people in need on Feb. 19, 2021 in, Austin, Texas, in the wake of Winter Storm Uri.
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    Austin to launch resilience hub network using $3M in ARPA funds

    Citing Texas’ experience with a deadly storm last winter and more climate threats to come, the city plans to stand up community sites with backup water, power and other year-round benefits.

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    $2.4B for state EV charging infrastructure, other projects, announced by Biden administration

    The first 35 state highway EV charging programs have been approved to leverage $900 million, while $1.5 billion in grants for highway, multimodal freight and rail projects also were announced Thursday.

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    How Black-owned grocers are filling industry gaps

    From a cashierless store in Atlanta to health-focused pop-up markets in Los Angeles and Chicago, grocery concepts from Black entrepreneurs are making the changes they want to see in food landscapes.