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Blueprint North Carolina, Indiana and Illinois

Blueprint America: Public Works is an effort by 18 public television stations across the country to support and report on issues of sustainability, smart growth, and infrastructure. Today, Blueprint America checks in on progress in three states: Illinois, North Carolina, and Indiana. In Indiana, a flawed water system is under the microscope. In North Carolina, development is examined for how it can best serve both the environment and its inhabitants. In Illinois, a city pushes forward a sustainability agenda.

Nov 3rd, 2010

Blueprint Virginia: A new streetscape in Portsmouth, VA

Rethink, reuse, and rebuild, that's what the Obama Administration has been saying since their recent proclamation that America needs to invest in retooling its infrastructure. Now, billions more in local grants are on the horizon with the Livable Communities Act, which will coordinate housing, transportation, and economic development policies in big cities, suburban centers, and small towns across the country. Blueprint Virginia looks at redesigning the city of Portsmouth, VA.

Oct 29th, 2010

Profiles from the Recession: [REPORT] Rail Politics: The choice — build or save our way out of Recession

After making headlines for weeks, yesterday New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made it official: He's killing the commuter rail tunnel between Manhattan and New Jersey. The project is too expensive, he says, and his state doesn't have the money to cover its share of the costs. The demise of the largest public works project in decades illustrates the stark political choice many voters will make next week: either spend our way out of the Recession with big projects like high-speed trains and tunnels or save our way out with good old fashioned belt-tightening.

Oct 28th, 2010

Profiles from the Recession: [VIDEO] Stretched To The Limits: Still driving to qualify after the housing crisis

As they post-mortem the housing crisis, policy makers are increasingly putting transportation costs under the microscope. Blueprint America visits the car -dependent suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona, to learn about how transportation costs are making it harder for families to hold on to the American Dream.

Oct 22nd, 2010

Profiles from the Recession: [MAP] Housing + Transportation Affordability Index

If there's a positive from the recession, it's been the fact that U.S. households are lowering their debts and getting their finances back in order.What hasn't changed is that the majority of a family's income still goes to covering housing costs, and the affordability of where you live doesn't always equal the amount you pay in rent or on your mortgage -- it's often times higher, meaning the cost of housing is even more of a majority.

Oct 21st, 2010

Profiles from the Recession: [BLOG] Hard Times Then, Hard Times Now

Much has been made of the current recession experience as a time that rivals only the Great Depression. Already, we live in "The Great Recession." And after a stimulus in 2009 as an answer to the struggling economy, another stimulus is in the works.

Sep 15th, 2010

3-D pedestrian hologram exposed

In this week's news of, 'That sounds crazy... are you sure that's a good idea, Canada? What the hell, do it anyways,' CTV reports, "A 3-D image of a young girl chasing a ball into the street is the newest effort to prevent pedestrian accidents in West Vancouver."

Sep 14th, 2010

Blueprint Denver: Not just for Europeans anymore

You can “Take the ‘A’ train” in New York City, but in Denver, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., Des Moines and a handful of other communities, you can hop on the ‘B’… for bicycle.

Sep 13th, 2010

Profiles from the Recession: [VIDEO] Dangerous Crossing: A new suburbia as economy changes

In recent years a little noticed shift has been transforming suburbia: the home of the middle class has become the home of the working poor. As a result, roadways that were built for the car are now used by a growing population that can't afford to drive. The consequences can be deadly.Blueprint America on Need to Know from suburban Atlanta where getting to the other side of the road is nothing to take for granted.

Jul 22nd, 2010
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