Why Chicago’s Grid is a Model of Perfect Urban Order

This article, published in Chicago Magazine highlights the work of academic researcher Geoff Boeing, whose work entitled "Urban spatial order: street network orientation configuration, and entropy" notes that out of 100 major world cities, Chicago's is the closest to a perfect grid. The article goes on to discuss the history of Chicago and its planning …

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Santa Cruz Mountain Tunnels

This article explores the engineering challenges in getting railroad connection from Santa Cruz to Oakland, CA, which was known as the South Pacific Coast Railroad Route. A major aspect of this route was the 8 tunnels required to get through the mountains. The article also highlights the human cost of this achievement. -Thanks to Asha …

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Amtrak at 50

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Amtrak, we have two resources to share! The first is a digital exhibit by Northwestern University's Transportation Library located here that provides vintage advertisements and maps of Amtrak throughout its history. The second, authored by Jeff Davis at EnoTrans, is this article that describes the government actions that brought …

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Virtual Symposium – “A Century of Progress: The Port Authority’s first 100 years”

The lan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is sponsoring a half day symposium entitled "A Century of Progress: The Port Authority’s first 100 years." The event is on June 16th from 1pm to 4pm ET. To attend the event, you must pre-register at the link here. In highlighting …

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Political Economy of Car Dependence

This is a recent paper by Guilio Mattioli and Andrew Brown entitled "The political economy of car dependence: A system of provision approach." This paper discusses the automobile as a dominant transportation means, with a reliance and discussion on the history of the automobile and how past choices led us to the reality of automobile …

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Stations of the Elevated Interview

Stations of the Elevated a 1981 documentary film about graffiti in New York City particularly explores the graffiti in the subways and around public transportation infrastructure. This video is an interview with Manfred Kirchheimer, the director of the original 1981 film. (Link to wiki page on the original documentary film, also available on Amazon Prime) …

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