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  • 03 Nov 2017 6:03 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    In order to spur economic growth and help businesses keep and attract employees, the City of Beaverton is set to begin work on a complete rebuild of Western Avenue between 5th Street to Allen (about two-thirds of a mile). The location of the project is an industrial zone southeast of the downtown core.

    Note the Fanno Creek Trail in lower right and Beaverton Town Center in upper left.

    In a move that might (pleasantly) surprise you, Beaverton’s update to this road will reduce the number of driving-only lanes and add lanes for bicycling and walking.

    “For companies to attract new and younger talent as the Baby Boomer workforce retires,” reads the planning document that prioritized this project, “A location adjacent to bike and pedestrian facilities is a distinct competitive advantage.”

  • 02 Nov 2017 12:35 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)
    "Indeed, Halloween isn’t scary at all. It’s the one time when people feel the safest in their neighborhoods and free to enjoy them fully. "

  • 26 Oct 2017 4:11 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    Optimists predict that autonomous vehicles will be a transportation panacea, but there are good reasons to be skeptical. They may create as many problems as they solve.

  • 26 Oct 2017 4:07 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    Analysis looks at a decade of data to determine which communities are undergoing dynamic transformations, and which are standing still.

  • 26 Oct 2017 4:03 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    The largest survey of inclusionary housing to date contrasts the efficacy of policies across the United States.

  • 24 Oct 2017 2:27 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    As part of the deal, NuTonomy will combine more than 100 employees, including 70 engineers and scientists, to Delphi's more than 100-member automated driving team. After the transaction is completed, Delphi will have self-driving operations in Boston, Pittsburgh, Singapore, Santa Monica, and Silicon Valley; NuTonomy will continue to be based in Boston, where both companies currently operate pilot programs. By combining efforts with NuTonomy in Boston, Singapore, and other pilot cities around the world, Delphi will have 60 autonomous cars on the road across three continents by years end.

  • 19 Oct 2017 10:59 AM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    The small town of Isafjordur, Iceland is hoping an optical illusion painted onto a street will work to slow down drivers.

  • 13 Oct 2017 4:35 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)
    "Because so many bicyclists were passing through the intersection, red lights would lead to big backups of bicycle traffic and long delays. City traffic engineers postulated that eliminating traffic lights would actually speed things up for everyone. After eight months of planning and negotiations among city officials, the transportation department, the transit agency, cycling advocates and accessibility advocates, the city was ready to flip the switch. In May 2016, they shut off the traffic lights."

  • 05 Oct 2017 10:30 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    "In a market where buildable land goes quickly to private developers paying cash — or investors who sit on the property and wait for its value to rise — nonprofit builders are at a definite disadvantage. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh wants to level that building field, and his administration has announced an $8.5 million program designed to help nonprofits acquire parcels for affordable housing."

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