What We’re Reading: May 2017

What We’re Reading: May 2017

In this edition: Bicycle and pedestrian data; more states are increasing their gas taxes; Google’s parent plans a major development in Canada. 

Toronto, Canada. Photo credit: James Vandiver

Around the Web

Partnership Launches Online Benchmarking Report.” League of American Bicyclists, April 26, 2017 

The League, in collaboration with the American Public Health Association and the Institute of Transportation Engineers, created an online tool showing updated health and transportation data in many large US cities and every state.

Raising the Gas Tax is No Longer Taboo in Many States.“ Governing, May 8, 2017

With the cost of building and maintaining infrastructure increasing, many states are raising their gasoline taxes for the first time in decades, including Tennessee and South Carolina. A gas tax increase for Alabama was tabled in this year’s legislative session.

Sidewalk Labs Eyes Toronto for its Digital City.“ Bloomberg, May 8, 2017

Google’s parent company Alphabet is planning to embark on their largest urban development project yet. Their urban technology division, Sidewalk Labs, is planning to construct a high-tech urban community on 12 acres near downtown Toronto.

Next Stop, Less Obesity.“ Pacific Standard, May 17, 2017

A new study claims that communities with higher transit usage have lower obesity rates.

The South is Home to 10 of the 15 Fastest-Growing Large Cities.“ Census Bureau, May 25, 2017

Cities in the “Sunbelt” continued to be among the fastest-growing in the country in 2016, according to new Census data released this month. Locally, Huntsville continued to be the fastest-growing major city in Alabama, and surpassed Mobile to become the third-largest city in the state.

Featured Video

Preservation and Placemaking.” City of Huntsville, May 16, 2017

May is National Historic Preservation Month, and the City of Huntsville is marking this with the “This Place Matters” campaign. Here is a panel discussion among the city’s leading planners and preservationists from earlier this month:

Featured Book

Within Walking Distance by Philip Langdon. The author uses six wildly different neighborhoods, from Chicago to Starkville, to show that walkability has a positive effect on a neighborhood’s quality of life.

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