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Tom McNamara


Train in vain? Obama’s high-speed rail plan is more ‘I think I can’ than ‘Yes, we can’

Transportation Desk: Despite $8 billion proposed for high-speed rail, Obama’s plan is more ‘I think I can’ than ‘Yes, we can.’


Seniorville, the suburbs turn 65

What can communities do to make the suburbs more senior friendly? An interview with Elinor Ginzler of AARP.


Video: Graying in the suburbs: A Blueprint America special report

A large number of older Americans are living in car-dependent suburbs, but what happens when it’s time to take their keys away? Maria Hinojosa reports.


Boomtown! The great suburban demographic shift

The needs of suburbanites today is very different from those of suburbanites during the great urban exodus of the ’50s, but infrastructure has not kept up. An interview with the Brookings Institution’s William H. Frey.


Rail politics: Freeways aren’t free either

Governors in two midwest states killed a light rail project, saying it was too expensive for taxpayers. But improving roads instead is going to cost them.


Rail politics: The choice for voters — spend or save our way out of the recession

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.

BASEBALL: An introduction to the 2010 playoffs (not by Ken Burns)

The Major League Baseball playoffs start this week. And the game of baseball only comes down to one thing: team anthems (giving a ball park the pageantry of a Foghat concert with the potential of instilling shock and awe in the hearts of opposing fans).


Profiles from the recession: Riding the bus in Natchez, Miss.

A new and improved public transit system –funded with stimulus dollars — helps the poor get to work in rural Mississippi.


HUD Secretary Donovan on the spiraling costs of sprawl

In this Blueprint America interview, John Larson talks with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan about how transportation adds to the true cost of housing.