How the bullet train overtook the Italian national airline – Greater Washington


Trenitalia Frecciarossa, Milano Centrale station, Lombardy Picture by David McKelvey under license Creative Commons.

The high-speed train outperforms the Italian national airline. How secondary suites are changing neighborhoods. Preserving the planet through cities.

High-speed train killed Italian airline: The Italian national airline Alitalia will close its doors on October 15. The air carrier was once the main link between cities in the north and south of the country, but now 2/3 of trips that would have been made by plane are now made by high-speed train. Because it’s easier to travel between city centers by train than city airports, many believe the national airline’s death is due to more convenient train travel. (Julia Buckley | CNN Travel)

Where the suburbs stop: In California, the prospect of secondary suites gives neighborhoods a different face. Areas that were once isolated from change are now open, and builders across the state, from families to developers, are pondering the possibilities while neighbors fearful. In 2020, 13,000 permits were issued for ADUs, or 10% of total new state units, whereas 8 years ago, they were only 1%. (Conor Dougherty | New York Times)

Preserving the planet through cities: Liam Young, architect and scenographer, has rethought the way to house people on planet Earth by designing cities that are home to 10 billion people on only 0.02% of the territory. The idea was created more as a critique of our current settlement patterns than a blueprint for the future, and a way to show how existing technologies are sufficient to solve the problem of global warming. (Nate Berg | Fast business)

Spain pays young people to leave home: In order to encourage young people to leave their parents’ home, Spain is offering a subsidy of 250 euros per month for low-income people in addition to rent control in a new law. Spain has one of the highest homeownership rates in the EU, but many young people are also forced to live with their parents due to low wages and high unemployment. Spanish children leave home at the age of 30 on average, while the European average is 26. (Ruby Lott-Lavigna | Vice)

The Woodlands Texas an invisible city more: The Woodlands Texas, a Houston suburb originally designed by famous landscape architect Ian McHarg and known for its dense canopy, will vote for its incorporation as a city. The initial formation of the main planned community was by a one-of-a-kind special district established by the state of Texas in 1974 and is now home to over 113,000 residents. By not incorporating in 2014, The Woodlands missed out on pandemic assistance and the ability to bind for roads. (Matt Dulin | Kinder Institute Urban Edge)

Quote of the week

“Alot of [communities] have either ignored their obligations under the ADA or made it the last priority. There is a culture all over America of not taking the needs of people with disabilities seriously.

Tom Stenson, an Oregon Disability Rights attorney in a Time magazine article explaining why so many cities are being sued for inaccessible sidewalks.

This week in podcastUPenn’s Dr. Megan Ryerson joins the show to talk about her work on cycling and cognitive workload.

Jeff Wood is the director of The Overhead Wire, a consulting company specializing in sharing information about cities around the world. He hosts a weekly podcast titled Talk about progress at Streetsblog USA and operates the daily news site The aerial thread.

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