Governance


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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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    Transit agencies agree to share certification of minority contractors

    Chicago and Philadelphia’s reciprocal arrangement for disadvantaged businesses could become a national model, organizers say.

    By Julie Strupp • Jan. 19, 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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    CES 2023

    Why drone delivery hasn’t taken flight in the US

    The Federal Aviation Administration this year will propose new regulations, including changes to visual line of sight requirements to support greater drone use, a federal official said.

    By Jan. 17, 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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    CES 2023

    Michigan chief mobility officer: ‘States need to write the playbook’ on EV charging

    States could ease the EV charging rollout by helping local governments update regulations and institute best practices, panelists said at CES.

    By Jan. 10, 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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    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
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    Minneapolis creates working group to revitalize downtown storefronts

    The working group aims to bring vibrancy back to downtown retailers after many businesses switched to remote or hybrid work models at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    By Dec. 16, 2022
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    Remote work, quality of life lure tech workers away from traditional hubs

    Digital transformation means a more dispersed workforce and the rise of burgeoning tech hubs.

    By Matt Ashare • Dec. 16, 2022
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    Boston city council approves reparation commission

    Boston joins a growing number of cities and states that are exploring reparation payments. The panel will research the city’s historical ties to slavery and recommend how it can make amends for its past.

    By Dec. 15, 2022
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    Successful micromobility programs require long-term partnerships, panelists say

    Cities are increasingly working on more collaborative, long-term operating agreements that are flexible but hold operators to a high standard, one panelist said during a webinar hosted by the Eno Center for Transportation.

    By Charles Pekow • Dec. 14, 2022
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    NYC launching citywide office to coordinate and improve community engagement

    The office is tasked with using community engagement to inform policy and program decisions and supporting “community-driven solutions,” the city said.

    By Dec. 14, 2022
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    Are owner-occupancy requirements driving up housing costs?

    Rules that require property owners to live in the homes they purchase can reduce the availability of rental housing and result in more racial and economic segregation, say affordable housing advocates and researchers.

    By Karen Kroll • Dec. 12, 2022
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    Chicago transit users could see fare hikes, service cuts without new funding sources

    In a newly-released draft strategic plan, the Regional Transportation Authority of Northeastern Illinois lays out ways to reduce transit’s reliance on fares.

    By Dec. 9, 2022
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    Los Angeles and San Diego ban polystyrene foam, other plastic products, on same day

    The policies fit into broader state and local laws limiting plastic products, completing an effort in San Diego that a lawsuit previously blocked. Los Angeles will also look to limit waste at city facilities and events.

    By Cole Rosengren • Dec. 8, 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
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    Smart cities in 2022 - what you need to know

    Rail expansion, emerging technologies such as digital twins and air taxis and new approaches to transit and housing have driven the news this year. Catch up with highlights from Smart Cities Dive.

    By Dec. 2, 2022
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    Senate sends bill avoiding rail shutdown to Biden’s desk

    The divided chamber shot down an amendment to give workers seven days of paid sick leave.

    By Sarah Zimmerman • Dec. 2, 2022
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    The tech worker shortage

    Hidden assets: With reskilling programs, cities are turning existing employees into tech workers

    City employees’ eagerness to learn technology skills and take on new roles has far exceeded expectations, say tech managers that have offered reskilling programs.

    By Adina Solomon • Dec. 1, 2022