The problem with naming transit stations (The Atlantic Cities)
As transit agency budgets have been squeezed by the recession, many have considered selling transit station naming rights to corporations in exchange for infusions of cash. Eric Jaffe notes that the most frequent objection to this tack centers on its “crass commercialism,” but there are bigger reasons not to like it, he says. Namely, transit station names serve a core navigational function: telling riders where they are, and “AT&T Station” in Philadelphia, for example, fails to do that.
Cycle like the Danes to cut carbon emissions, says study (The Guardian)
The European Cycling Federation has finished Europe’s first comprehensive study of the environmental benefits of cycling and the results are a big feather in the cap of the Danish. If all Europeans were to cycle the amount of the average Dane — that’s 600 miles per year — the continent could achieve as much as a quarter of the carbon reductions its seeking from the transportation sector.
Rust Belt cities: to avoid more shrinkage, protect & strengthen the core (NRDC Switchboard)
Writer Kaid Benfield digs into an interesting study [PDF] from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland that considers the importance of “a dense urban core…to the overall strength of a metro region.” Their findings? Regions that continued to grow over the last decade maintained strong downtowns, even as their suburbs grew — think Chicago and Boston. In contrast, those regions that declined overall — think Cleveland, Detroit and Buffalo — saw their central city populations decline concurrent with the rise of their hinterlands.