What We’re Reading: April 2017

What We’re Reading: April 2017

In this edition: A new, low-speed transportation option for urban areas; the carmaggedon that wasn’t in Atlanta; Amtrak plans to expand in Alabama. 

Phoenix, Arizona, the largest city in Maricopa County, which added more people than any other county in the US in 2016. Photo credit: DPPed/Wikipedia

Around the Web

Maricopa County Added Over 222 People Per Day in 2016.” Census Bureau, March 23, 2017

The Census Bureau last month released its 2016 county and metro population estimates. The two counties in the Huntsville metro area, Madison and Limestone, continued to grow modestly, adding 4,796 people total for a combined population of 449,720.

How US Bike Planning Has Changed, State by State.” Next City, March 29, 2017 

A majority of states now have a statewide bicycle plan (including Alabama), a vast improvement from a decade ago.

Birmingham Approves New Low-Speed Transportation Option.” Birmingham Business Journal, March 29, 2017

The city of Birmingham approved an ordinance last month allowing “low-speed transportation providers” to operate within the city. This would include Nashville-based Joyride, which offers golf carts for rent or tours in urban areas.

Carmaggedon Stalks Atlanta.” City Observatory, April 3, 2017 

A fire under Interstate 85 in Atlanta caused a section of overpass to collapse earlier this month, closing the busy highway for the next few months. Turns out the apocalyptic (worse than usual) traffic jams predicted in the aftermath never materialized– more proof that traffic is usually about human behavior more than capacity issues.

Amtrak: Bringing Train Service Back to the Gulf Coast Still in the Works.” WPMI-TV (Mobile), April 12, 2017 

Before Hurricane Katrina, Amtrak served Mobile and other cities along the Gulf Coast east of New Orleans. Thanks to local support, Amtrak is closer to restoring service to the area.

Featured Video

Huntsville Embarks on Downtown Master Plan.” City of Huntsville, April 6, 2017

Urban Design Associates, the consultants hired to update the Downtown Master Plan, held a public meeting as part of a week-long design session in Downtown Huntsville, revealing some of the ideas that are being considered.

Know of something you would like to share? Email us at bigpicture@huntsvilleal.gov. Keep it planning-related, please.