Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Chicago sprawl reaps the whirlwind of #climatechange

chicagotribune.com: "Officials in Plainfield and Bolingbrook are applying for state and federal assistance to help pay for damage incurred during last month's storms and floods."

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sprawl causes #climatechange, and then exacerbates it

Des Plaines Blames Neighbors For Flood Problems « CBS Chicago: "The city of Des Plaines is blaming Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights for some of its flooding problems.

Des Plaines officials believe their upstream neighbors – Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights – made the flood worse by closing a gap in a levee."

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Red states did not get the #teaparty memo to hate #publictransit

MPO Study Says Mass Transit Would Bring 7,000 Jobs | Indy's News Center - 93.1 WIBC Indianapolis - Live. Local. First.: "The study says about half of the jobs would be directly-related construction positions and roughly the other half would be permanent jobs, many of which would be indirectly related. The study also says building and operating the first phase of the plan would pump $3.8 billion into the economy from 2015 to 2025. Ehren Bingaman, executive director of the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority says his group continues to promote mass transit legislation that aims to bring the issue and funding to a public referendum in November 2014."

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Mother Nature is talking, anyone listening?

Carbon emissions disrupt rain cycle

Evanston ranks 10th in country for green commuting

The Daily Northwestern: "“The majority of U.S. commuters drive alone in a car to work, which is the absolute worst way you can get around, as far as reducing your carbon footprint,”
... Evanston commuters take public transportation far more frequently than the average urban American."

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

LaHood Calls the US "One Big Pothole."

Tri States Public Radio: "LaHood highlighted his connection to the area, having attended Spoon River College, and applauded city and county’s efforts on the new transit center.

He said infrastructure and public transport are keys to economic development."