Transit-Oriented Development

The Emerging U.S. Rail Industry: Opportunities to support American manufacturing and spur regional development

Erik R. Pages, Brian Lombardozzi and Lindsey Woolsey

This paper examines the current state of the U.S. rail transit industry along with its manufacturing supply chain and provides recommendations about potential changes for policy makers and NIST MEP to consider.

Reconnecting America: Are We There Yet?

Reconnecting America believes that through examining quantitative and qualitative data on the conditions of America's communities, their changing situation can be better addressed, and their publication Are We There Yet? : Creating Complete Communities for 21st Century America attempts to explain America's economic problems and possibilities in an easily understood format. Vistors to the site can view metrics, grades, and stories featured in the publication, as well as access Reconnecting America's News and Resource Centers.

The Rise of Community Wealth Building Institutions

More people are turning to economic alternatives in which new wealth is built collectively and from the bottom up

Crossposted from Policy Network, and later published on the London School of Economics website, this blog is part of a debate event hosted by Policy Network in London, UK, that was reviewed in OurKingdom by grassroots activist James Doran:    

Five years after the financial crisis economic inequality in the United States is spiraling to levels not seen since the Gilded Age. While most Americans are experiencing a recovery-less recovery, the top one per cent of earners last year claimed 19.3 per cent of household income, their largest share since 1928. Moreover, income distribution looks positively egalitarian when compared to wealth ownership.

Southside Neighborhood Revitalization

The Southside neighborhood, a 10-acre revitalization project, is one of Greensboro’s first significant mixed-use, infill projects.  Key to its success was transforming Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard—which previously cut the neighborhood in half—into a pedestrian friendly “grand urban boulevard” that knits the community together.  The project also includes a centralized neighborhood park, 30 single-family homes, 10 two-family homes, 50 townhouses, 10 restored historic homes, and 20 live/work units.  Demonstrating this project’s success, tax revenues generated by the neighborhood grew from the predevelopment average of $400,000 to over $10 million.  The project also won the EPA’s 2004 Built Projects Smart Growth Achievement Award.

Democracy Collaborative Offers Paid Internship

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We are pleased to announce a new intern position at The Democracy Collaborative that will focus on the newsletter and adding web content. For further details, please see the position description below. Remember to submit your applications by August 30!


Albuquerque’s transportation authority, known locally as ABQ RIDE, has recently introduced Rapid Ride buses to the city. With three new lines, the Rapid Ride system connects neighborhoods of the city that previously were not serviced by public transportation.  In addition to being powered by a diesel electric hybrid engine that has an extremely low level of emissions, Rapid Ride buses also provide passengers with free wireless internet access. ABQ RIDE is also considering a Bus Rapid Transit plan for the city that is now under public review.