Planning for the New Mobilities

When planning for new mobilities, it is important to be a little skeptical. Advocates often exaggerate the benefits and overlook significant costs. Here’s an example. Optimists predict that autonomous cars will reduce traffic congestion, crash risk, energy consumption and pollution emissions, but to achieve these benefits they require dedicated lanes for platooning (many vehicles driving close together at relatively high speeds). When should communities dedicate special lanes for the exclusive use of autonomous vehicles? How much should users pay for the privilege? How should this be enforced? Who will be liable if a high-speed platoon crashes, resulting in a multi-vehicle pile-up?

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Vinton, Iowa’s Municipal Fiber Utility Offers Affordable, Locally Accountable Internet Access Amid Ongoing Pandemic

Vinton, Iowa’s municipal communications utility, iVinton, connected its 1,000th subscriber with high-speed fiber optic Internet service this week. Demand for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) connectivity across the 4.74-square-mile Iowa community (est. pop. 5,100) is so substantial that iVinton is having to schedule installations a month out as requests for residential service have surpassed the manpower available to complete them. … Read More

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Local Initiatives Pave the Way to Zero Waste

Website developed by the US Environmental Protection Agency provide an important series of resources that document the success of bottom-up recycling initiatives that can transform municipal waste programs, re-localize control of recycling, and end the stagnation caused by Big Waste and Big Soda… Read More

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