Transportation headlines, Tuesday, May 15

Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the Library’s Headlines blog, which you can also access via email subscription or RSS feed.

Disney’s transportation system of tomorrow (Primary Resource)

The Metro Library has a great post on a 15-minute Disney television program from 1958 that previewed the transportation world of the future. Much of it has never happened even if elements have shown up in research and movies. Check out the video and pics.

L.A. City Council asks Legislature to release high-speed rail bonds (California High-Speed Rail Blog)

The Council last week approved a resolution asking Sacramento to release state money to sell bonds to fund the first segment of the project and to help secure federal matching funds. The Blog also criticizes the media for ignoring the second-largest city in the country supporting the project while focusing on the bullet train’s many critics.

Getting urban sports development right in D.C. (Streetsblog)

Using public funds to build or support sports stadiums for privately-held sports teams is often criticized as a poor investment. But data from Washington D.C. indicates that the Nationals new ballpark has encouraged development in the southeastern part of town and has given the area the lift it needed.

 

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  1. Ward Kimball who wrote and directed the Disney program is the subject of a biography about to be released:

    //www.cartoonbrew.com/books/pre-order-full-steam-ahead-the-ward-kimball-biography.html

    Disney in his final years had a keen interest in urban issues. I was rather surprised when I had a chance to see his presentation for the original idea for the Florida property (especially EPCOT) that it emphasized the role of transportation in making cities livable. You can see a excerpt of the film on YouTube

    //www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8FdaWiF1bc