A morning roundup of the day’s news.
Drive time: Remember Peak Car? A new study shows that urban driving is up by 33 percent since 2000 in the U.S., while rural driving has dropped 12 percent. Now researchers are trying to explain it, Slate reports:
That enormous divergence can’t be explained by the country’s ongoing urbanization and population growth. America’s cities (by which I mean, mostly, their sprawling exurbs) have grown by 19 percent in that time—meaning that bigger cities account for just 58 percent of the urban driving mileage increase. Rural areas, meanwhile, have seen their distance driven fall by double digits even as population has held flat.
Measuring climate impact: The “We Are Still In” coalition—which now includes 227 cities and counties, nine states, and about 1,650 businesses and investors—is now working to study and measure the effect of its climate actions by 2025, in an attempt to meet the Paris agreement’s goals sans Trump. (New York Times)
When the games begin: Los Angeles has all but locked down its bid to host the Olympic Summer Games, but now the question is: when, exactly? Organizers made the unusual decision to grant both L.A. and Paris hosting duties for 2024 and 2028, without nailing down which one goes first. (L.A. Times)
Snipping and saving: A House committee has advanced transportation cuts that would include total elimination of the TIGER grants that many cities champion—though $900 million remains for rehabbing the Amtrak Gateway between New York and New Jersey. The same bill preserves Community Development Block Grants, but not at the budget level many mayors desire. (The Hill, Route Fifty)
Reviving industrial cities: Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan is starting a new congressional forum to change the conversation on older industrial cities—like his hometown Flint—that are struggling economically. The forum series starts today in Washington. (Detroit News)
It takes a village: Facebook’s plans to build a housing and shopping “village” near its Menlo Park headquarters may be “not much more than a drop in the bucket” in the context of Silicon Valley, Slate writes—but it could spur other tech companies to embraced less insular development.
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