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    New Jersey adopts law spurring low-carbon concrete

    Heralded as a first-of-its-kind law in the U.S., the policy will create tax credits to incentivize the development and procurement of concrete that lowers or captures emissions associated with the highly polluting industry.

    By Feb. 1, 2023
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    Office conversions will soar this year: report

    Apartments have made up one-third of office conversion activity since 2016, according to a report by commercial real estate firm CBRE.

    By Leslie Shaver • Jan. 31, 2023
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    7 projects to watch in 2023

    From an NFL stadium to a major airport expansion and a massive manufacturing plant, these high-profile, high-impact projects are expected to hit significant milestones this year.

    By Construction Dive Staff • Jan. 30, 2023
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    How green building policy could evolve in 2023

    After reducing energy use in buildings, cutting embodied carbon is next on the green policy agenda for state and local leaders, potentially prompting a shift from concrete and steel to materials like timber or straw, experts say.

    By Adina Solomon • Jan. 26, 2023
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    Walkable urban areas are popular but have an affordability problem: report

    People are paying a premium to live in dense and walkable neighborhoods, according to new data analysis, which could be a bright spot for downtowns impacted by pandemic-era work changes.

    By Jan. 25, 2023
  • An aerial view over El Paso, Texas shows tightly-packed buildings in the foreground with brown hills in the background.
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    El Paso to reconnect neighborhoods divided by highway with deck plaza

    The Texas city will work with Stantec on the design and planning for a downtown public space with regional amenities over Interstate 10, which might also be widened as part of the project.

    By Jan. 25, 2023
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    Cost of proposed San Francisco commuter, high-speed rail tunnel grows to $6.7B

    The 1.3-mile tunnel would bring commuter trains to the downtown transit center, but pre-pandemic ridership hasn't returned along the line.

    By Jan. 24, 2023
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    Electric vehicles near ‘tipping point’ in 2023

    Key developments for EV adoption this year include implementing federal incentives, developing a national charging network and addressing utility issues, according to transportation, energy and real estate professionals.

    By Robert Walton • Jan. 20, 2023
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    Nearly all US mayors worry about climate change’s local effects: report

    Mayors said their regulatory powers, especially building codes and zoning, are their most effective tools to address climate change. But they are reluctant to limit residents’ behavior or the use of old technology.

    By Jan. 19, 2023
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    4 trends that could shape smart cities in 2023

    These overarching trends affect the decisions communities are making around transportation design, street space, housing and revitalizing downtowns that have struggled with fewer office workers.

    By Smart Cities Dive Team • Jan. 13, 2023
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    Transit agencies must consider land use and new travel patterns, transportation officials say

    New travel patterns driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and remote and hybrid work are forcing transit agencies to reconsider their planning and operations, transportation officials said at the Transportation Research Board's Annual Meeting.

    By Charles Pekow • Jan. 12, 2023
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    DC mayor sets goal of 15,000 new residents downtown within 5 years

    Mayor Muriel Bowser’s plan would ultimately add more than 100,000 new residents to downtown Washington, D.C., by converting office space into residential housing, but it calls for federal assistance as well.

    By Jan. 4, 2023
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    Updating local regulations may ease EV charging rollout

    Improved regulations make it easier for developers to “know what they’re getting into,” said one transportation planner.

    By Kalena Thomhave • Jan. 4, 2023
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    13 predictions about the trends that will shape smart cities in 2023

    Cities will get smarter about transportation infrastructure needs, continue to rethink the use of downtown spaces and look at where data can help inform various operations, readers said.

    By Jan. 3, 2023
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    10 conversations in 2022 on the future of mobility, high-speed rail, resilience and more

    Smart Cities Dive caught up with executives from businesses including GM and Replica; officials from Austin, Oakland and other cities; and leaders from the U.S. Congress and Ukraine.

    Jan. 3, 2023
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    As e-bike fires rise, calls grow for education and regulation

    Some point to cheap aftermarket batteries as the primary factor in e-bike and e-scooter battery fires and worry that micromobility device storage bans will set back transportation decarbonization efforts.

    By Dan Rosenbaum • Dec. 22, 2022
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    New York state climate panel outlines ambitious road map to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

    The plan is a “bold, monumental achievement,” New York’s environmental commissioner said, but the head of an independent power producer industry group said it fails to adequately address grid reliability.

    By Stephen Singer • Dec. 20, 2022
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    Jersey City to fund community projects based on resident feedback

    Local officials said the New Jersey city’s first participatory budgeting pilot worked better than expected, allowing them to understand residents’ priorities.

    By Dec. 20, 2022
  • Visitors to the 2022 Georgetown GLOW light enjoy a swing, part of an interactive light display.
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    Lights installations in cities are more than just a holiday attraction

    The public art can spur foot traffic, create community and support economic development during a time when urban spaces can otherwise be less lively, organizers say.

    By Gaby Galvin • Dec. 19, 2022
  • US reaches 140k public EV charging ports as key federal official says $90B infrastructure investment needed

    The Joint Office of Energy and Transportation is preparing to finalize rules setting out minimum standards for a nationally-funded electric vehicle charging network.

    By Robert Walton • Dec. 15, 2022
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    Demand soars for EV charging at apartments

    Infrastructure options and cost incentives have become more complex as the electric vehicle revolution gears up.

    By Robyn Griggs Lawrence • Dec. 13, 2022
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    NYC apartment owners weigh the dangers of electric bikes, scooters

    Lithium-ion batteries used in mobility devices such as electric bikes and scooters have caused nearly 200 fires and six deaths in New York City this year.

    By Leslie Shaver • Dec. 9, 2022
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    San Jose, California, to eliminate minimum parking requirements

    It’s the largest city in the U.S. to ax parking requirements, according to data from the Parking Reform Network. 

    By Dec. 9, 2022
  • U.S. President Joe Biden stands on stage and speaks into a microphone at COP27 with the blue and white event logo and location on the screen behind him.
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    Biden administration releases federal building performance standard, plan to electrify federal buildings

    The new standard sets federal building electrification goals for 2030. The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking to require all new or renovated federally-owned buildings to be electrified.

    By Dec. 7, 2022
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    The states with the biggest influx of new renters

    Millions of people are eager to move. Here’s where they’re headed, according to a new analysis.

    By Mary Salmonsen • Dec. 7, 2022