An Interview with DOT Secretary Ray LaHood

Posted Monday, 20 September 2010 by Brian
Categories: cars, infrastructure, public transit, sustainable transportation, transit, transportation, urban policy

This morning, The Infrastructurist posted a great interview with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. It is a good insight into the Obama Administration’s transportation priorities, as well as some background on the secretary himself and his bipartisan relationship with the President. I tried embedding the video here, but can’t seem to get it to cooperate, so head over to The Infrastructurist to check this out. Enjoy!

On a personal note…

Posted Thursday, 16 September 2010 by Brian
Categories: colorado, community development, gis, job hunting, planning

Starting Monday, I will be starting an internship as a Research Assistant at the Colorado Center for Community Development. I will be doing geographic information system (GIS) work, primarily consolidating geospatial data, conducting analysis, and producing maps in support of a variety of projects. The projects I will mainly be focusing on are for the center’s Learning Landscapes group.

I am looking forward to this work. I am currently taking a course on community development, so this will give me some hands on experience in this area. I am also looking forward to learning more about, and contributing too, other aspects of urban sustainability, particularly the public health aspects. Wish me luck!

Seeking Ecopolis Listed Among Top 50 Urban Policy Wonk Bloggers

Posted Wednesday, 8 September 2010 by Brian
Categories: seeking ecopolis, urban policy

Top 50 Urban Policy Wonk Bloggers.

I have no idea how it happened, but my little experiment in blogging about the search for ecopolis has been listed among 50 blogs about urban policy! This is a very humbling thing. Given my school schedule and other commitments, this is has been a very inconsistent endeavor on my part, and I really appreciate the acknowledgement.

A big thanks to the Public Servant Blog for including me in this list. I am very honored. In thanks, I am going to add them to my blogroll; please check them out!

Hm, does this now mean I need to update more often? ;)

Cars make you fat so says graffiti – Holy Kaw!

Posted Monday, 30 August 2010 by Brian
Categories: cars, cycling, lifestyles, new urbanism, planning, sustainable transportation, transportation

Cars make you fat so says graffiti – Holy Kaw!.

This came around on the Next Generation Urbanists email list this morning, and I just had to share. A bit preachy, maybe, but it so gets the point across. Enjoy!

Underwater: Negative Equity Mortgages By State : NPR

Posted Monday, 30 August 2010 by Brian
Categories: academia, gis, housing, land use, planning

Underwater: Negative Equity Mortgages By State : NPR.

NPR had an interesting map up last week showing state-by-state the percentage of people underwater on their home mortgages. I have long been a believer in the power of maps to communicate data quickly in an easy-to-understand format. This lies at the root of my interest in geographic information systems (GIS) as a tool to help analyze urban sustainability and develop plans for the future. Check this out and get a sense of just how extensive the problem is and how it compares state-by-state.

Wash Park Prophet: So Much For The Central Denver Rec Center

Posted Tuesday, 24 August 2010 by Brian
Categories: land use, lifestyles, planning, urban farming

Wash Park Prophet: So Much For The Central Denver Rec Center.

A friend emailed me this link earlier today about the proposed Central Denver Recreation Center that was going to be built about 5 blocks from where I live. It turns out that the land cost the city a lot more than originally estimated, and now they are left without the money needed to follow through on the original plan.

Apparently the new plan involves putting an urban garden on the property, which is not necessarily a bad idea. But it is sad to see the original plan compromised like this. Unfortunately, if this recession stretches out as long as some think it might, it may be years, even a decade or more, before the rec center gets built.

The Conspiracy Explained???

Posted Tuesday, 10 August 2010 by Brian
Categories: colorado, culture wars, cycling, sustainable transportation, transportation

Last week, I wrote about one of the Republican gubernatorial candidates here in Colorado, Dan Maes, and his assertion that the Denver bike sharing program, Denver B-cycle, was a United Nations plot to take over American cities. Yesterday, as noted over at the Talking Points Memo, Mr. Maes was asked on MSNBC to explain his assertion. You can see the video over at TPM here. I’m not sure what his answer has to do with the question, but at least he’s being held accountable for his assertions. As of this writing, Mr. Maes has an approximately 1,100 vote lead over his primary opponent, so we’ll see if he will have further opportunities to explain this conspiracy that the UN has for taking over our cities via bike sharing.

Thanks to Transportation for America for posting the link to this story.

UPDATE: Mr. Maes ended up winning the Republican gubernatorial nomination.


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