Infrastructure

In Arid Corner of the West, Plan For 140-Mile Water Pipeline Stirs Debate

Leaders in the St. George region of Utah see a pending water pipeline as crucial for accommodating booming population growth. Critics say it’s risky and unnecessary.

Must Fancy City Parks Displace Their Neighbors?

A new report from UCLA and the University of Utah surveys strategies for “greening without gentrification.”

The Trouble With America’s Water

Lead-tainted drinking water is not only a problem in Flint and Newark.

San Francisco Offers $2.5 Billion to Buy Part of Troubled Utility

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A plan to reduce economic segregation in a Maryland school district … Maine to use ranked-choice voting in 2020… Play revives tale of larger-than-life mayor.

Take Down That Dam: River Ecosystems Bounce Back As Removals Soar

In rivers big and small, migratory fish surge back to life as old energy structures are taken down.

What Urban Sprawl Is Really Doing to Your Commute

COMMENTARY | Urban traffic congestion is growing dramatically, according to a new report. So why aren’t drivers taking longer to get to work?

States With the Most Cost-Efficient Highways

The Reason Foundation’s annual highway report gives high marks to North Dakota, Virginia and Missouri for good road conditions and low spending on highway and bridge maintenance.

Can We Predict The Next City with Unsafe Drinking Water?

With aging infrastructure and unexpected weather events, municipalities are facing more and more water safety issues.

Climate Change Is Making the Affordable Housing Crunch Worse

Affordable housing, particularly in coastal areas, is built in areas that are vulnerable to sea level rise and where there isn’t enough infrastructure in place to protect buildings from flooding.

Texas Cities Rebounding From Ransomware Attack

Local governments have credited data backups and cyber security policies with the quick recovery and say cyber insurance will help recoup recovery-related costs.

City Sued Over Sidewalk Accessibility for People With Disabilities

The plaintiffs in the case want Philadelphia to take steps to upgrade ramps and cut down on obstructions.

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Small Towns Face Congestion Risk During Evacuations, Report Says

A new traffic analysis finds Florida and California are home to the most communities at risk of having congested roads during an emergency evacuation.

Scoot Aside E-Scooters, Rental Mopeds Are Zooming In

Cities involved in the pilot say the mopeds will provide an environmentally-friendly and affordable option for commuters. Some are worried about the safety implications, though.

Why Can’t I Take Public Transit to the Beach?

In the U.S., getting to the beach usually means driving. But some sandy shores can still be reached by train, subway, and bus.

Congestion Pricing Not Just for Big Cities, Report Says

A new report by the National League of Cities recommends small cities could use congestion pricing plans to prevent being overwhelmed by traffic as they grow.

Turnpike Fees are Constitutional, Appeals Court Rules

A federal appeals court found the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission was within its rights to use toll fees for purposes other than upkeep of the highway.

Envisioning What’s Next for a Dead Stretch of Downtown Freeway

Akron’s planning director says there’s a chance that what’s now a “concrete trench” could one day become a park.

Election Officials Spar Over Speed, Scope of Voter Registration Upgrades

A long-planned overhaul of Iowa’s voter registration database will not be completed before the 2020 elections.

Fewer Than Half of States Take These Two Election Security Precautions

The Brennan Center for Justice found only 24 states will both have voting systems that create a paper trail and require audits of the 2020 election results.

Why Speed Kills Cities

U.S. cities are dropping urban speed limits in an effort to boost safety and lower crash rates. But the benefits of less-rapid urban mobility don’t end there.