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Transportation Research Library and Archive - Serving Los Angeles since 1895.
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New Show! Mondays at The Overhead Wire - This last Tuesday we released our new show, Monday’s at The Overhead Wire, a review of the top news on TheOverheadWire.com each week.  I co-host the show with some great folks each week talking about transportation and planning and hopefully we have a little fun. It’s called Mondays because we record at my house on Monday evening. If you’re subscribed to the Talking Headways podcast you’ll get it in your feed as we’re releasing them on Tuesday.  I’m ...
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National Links: Paving Potholes with Pizza - Each week we write a piece with the most interesting articles of the week for Greater Greater Washington and syndicate it to Urban Milwaukee and Streets.mn.  We take the most clicked posts of the week from The Overhead Wire daily and write about the most interesting ones.  Follow beyond the crease to read up on some of this week’s most interesting pieces. Newspaper urges ditching parking standards: The Houston Chronicle editorial board is calling...
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Podcast: Building the Dutch Cycling City - This week we’re joined by Chris and Melissa Bruntlett to talk about their new book, Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality. They chat about their trip to the Netherlands and their experiences in a number of different cities and how they relate to the North American context. We also chat about overflowing bike parking, why bikes are often left behind, and how street design is better than signs. Copyright © 2018 The Overhea...
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Owl Service began in Los Angeles on September 11, 1906. The service still operates today (now called "24-hour Owl Service.") This image comes from the cover of a February 15, 1947 booklet on Owl Service operated by Los Angeles Transit Lines.
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Podcast: Episode 200! Urbanism as a Way of Life - This week’s podcast — our 200th! — celebrates city life. To do that, we’ll read, in full, “Urbanism as a Way of Life” by Louis Wirth from the Journal of Sociology in 1938, with help from Dr. Lisa Schweitzer, a professor at USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Schweitzer believes this piece and others sometimes get overshadowed by Jane Jacobs but have something great to tell us about cities and how we live in them. So let’s change that! Cop...
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National Links: Universal Basic Mobility - Each week we write a piece with the most interesting articles of the week for Greater Greater Washington and syndicate it to Urban Milwaukee and Streets.mn.  We take the most clicked posts of the week from The Overhead Wire daily and write about the most interesting ones.  Follow beyond the crease to read up on some of this week’s most interesting pieces. Towards a universal basic mobility: Alex Roy is the founder of the Human Driving Association, ...
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National Links: Building the Cycling City - Each week we write a piece with the most interesting articles of the week for Greater Greater Washington and syndicate it to Urban Milwaukee and Streets.mn.  We take the most clicked posts of the week from The Overhead Wire daily and write about the most interesting ones.  Follow beyond the crease to read up on some of this week’s most interesting pieces. Building the cycling city: David Roberts interviews Melissa and Chris Bruntlett, who wrote a ...
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Podcast: Recycling Capital for Public Good - This week we’re joined by Nancy Andrews, former CEO of the Low Income Investment Fund (Liif). Nancy discusses her work in community development, poverty reduction strategies, breaking down institutional silos, and how the Bay Area Transit Oriented Housing fund works. Copyright © 2018 The Overhead Wire
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National Links: Homeowners of Both Parties More NIMBY - Each week we write a piece with the most interesting articles of the week for Greater Greater Washington and syndicate it to Urban Milwaukee and Streets.mn.  We take the most clicked posts of the week from The Overhead Wire daily and write about the most interesting ones.  Follow beyond the crease to read up on some of this week’s most interesting pieces. NIMBYs tend to be homeowners — of all political stripes: Studies show that homeow...
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Podcast: Doug Farr’s Sustainable Nation - This week we’re joined by Doug Farr, president of Farr Associates and author of Sustainable Nation. Doug tells us about the different patterns of urbanism he describes in the book, and how we can take a bottom-up approach to changing our cities. He also gives his take on the Burning Man festival and the “forced boredom” that induces great conversations, and discusses why Alexis de Tocqueville’s 1835 work, Democracy in America, is still relevant toda...
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