What We’re Reading: July 2017

What We’re Reading: July 2017

In this edition: Car ownership is changing; a department store is looking to redevelop its underused parking lots; an “old” Grissom update. 

A sign for the new library in front of the “old” Grissom High School. (Photo credit: James Vandiver)

Around the Web

Bike Commuting’s Worst Enemy Isn’t What You Think.” The Urban Phoenix, May 27, 2017 

There’s a stigma to bike commuting that may deter some from doing so, according to this bike commuter.

The End of Car Ownership.“ Wall Street Journal, June 20, 2017

Owning a car may not be the norm in the near future. Autonomous vehicles may spur subscription services for vehicles (think Netflix, but for cars), making car ownership an unnecessary expense for many people.

Macy’s Looking to Monetize Unused Parking Lots.“ Modern Cities, July 7, 2017

The retail world is changing, and at least one major department store chain is realizing that it no longer needs vast parking lots surrounding its stores, creating mixed-use development opportunities.

Plans Moving Forward for the Grissom High Campus.“ WHNT, July 17, 2017

The new Grissom High will open for students next month. Here’s an update on what will happen with the old campus.

The Walk to Fly Study.“ Kresge Foundation, July 18, 2017

(Hat tip: Cathy Miller) The simple act of placing signs encouraging passengers to walk between the terminals of Atlanta’s vast airport resulted in more choosing to do so instead of taking the train, according to this study.

Featured Video

Huntsville Aquatics Center Grand Opening.” City of Huntsville, July 11, 2017

This month,the Huntsville Aquatics Center (formerly known as the Natatorium) opened after a multi-million dollar expansion project:

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