The Three-Martini Greyhound: The Future of Corporate Travel?

In June, my partner took a three-day business trip– her first since before the pandemic hit- to Chicago. I threw

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New Grand River Streetscaping: Safer, Slower, Greener

New streetscaping improvements have turned portions of Grand River Avenue, on Detroit’s West Side, from a street-level freeway into something more closely resembling a real city street that people might be able to safely hang out and shop on.

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Michigan Population Numbers: How Long Before We Just Admit That This Strategy Isn’t Working?

The census numbers are in, and we’re unsurprised to learn that population growth is stagnant in parts of the great,

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Webinar: Tech To Reduce Guesswork for Safer Streets

Traffic technology has improved by leaps and bounds in recent decades. While the ultimate solutions to ending traffic violence must come with better street designs and a reduced reliance on single-occupant automobiles, there are some interesting developments in technology that are allowing better modeling to understand driver behavior, intersection safety, and more. We learned about it from a webinar co-hosted by Canadian tech company Miovision.

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American Meltdown: The Popular Imagination of Energy Disasters

Disasters plague systems that are designed or lauded as “too big to fail.” And, according to the wealth of cinema on the subject, we love to see it.

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Biden Infrastructure Plan: What All Is Included?

We must remind critics of the Biden infrastructure plan what all is included in the term “infrastructure.” It’s a little bit more than just cars.

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Buttigieg Suggests VMT Tax. Here Are A Few Alternatives.

VMT is a tough sell for a variety of reasons. Can’t we just get it over with and get a national carbon tax?

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Centralization: Economy of Scale? Looming Disaster? Lil Bit of Both?

Streetcars, gas and water pipes, power lines, and other “invisible networks,” to borrow a line from the title of Ann Durkin Keating’s book, make up a vibrant history of infrastructure in which centralization vs. decentralization is a big debate.

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Black Ocean Strategy? Private Firms Are Looking To Cut Themselves A Slice Of The Infrastructure Pie.

Wall Street and Silicon Valley are looking for access to infrastructure as they seek out new markets and sources of reliable revenue streams and growth potential. It’s good work … if you can get it.

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Rivers and Roads (and the World’s Largest Dam Removal)

In the Olympic Peninsula, dam removals on the Elwha River and resulting road washouts lead us to question the compatibility of changing ecosystems and unchanging infrastructure.

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