11 Jul by jvandiver in What We're Reading In this edition: Passenger rail returning to Huntsville?; Bike share for smaller communities; New York deals with a sidewalk problem. A sidewalk in Manhattan. Photo credit: Wikipedia Around the Web “Six Maps That Will Make You Rethink the World.” Washington Post Wonkblog, April 29, 2016 The author of a new book (see “Featured Book” below) discusses how infrastructure will further connect the world in the future. “Statewide Rail Service Could Run From Huntsville to Gulf Coast.” WAFF, June 17, 2016 A private company is hoping to connect Alabama’s largest cities via passenger rail. Huntsville would be the northern end of the line. “New Downtown Zoning Rules Get Final OK.” Chattanooga Times-Free Press, June 21, 2016 Chattanooga’s city council has approved a form-based zoning code for the city’s urban core. “Bike Share Isn’t Just For Big Cities.” Governing, June 28, 2016 Smaller cities are looking at more affordable alternatives to the elaborate bike-share systems found in cities like Chicago and Washington, DC. “New York’s Sidewalks Are So Packed, Pedestrians Are Taking to the Streets.” New York Times, June 30, 2016 Record tourism and a growing residential population have made Manhattan’s sidewalks very congested, forcing some pedestrians to walk in the street. Featured Video “Untitled.” Arts Huntsville, July 6, 2016 A very brief peek at some of the new public art coming soon to Downtown Huntsville… Featured Book Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization by Parag Khanna. Using maps, the author discusses how the world is increasingly connected via different forms of infrastructure– rail, shipping lanes, pipelines, etc. Know of something you would like to share? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep it planning-related, please.