Tom McNamara

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Hard times then, hard times now

Much has been made of the similarities between today’s economic downturn and The Great Depression. Pundits have, for example, labeled the current era “The Great Recession.” And the facts seem to bear that out. Fifty-five percent of Americans in the workforce have lost their jobs, suffered a pay cut or seen their hours reduced since [...]

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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  (note: the ‘B’ remains a viable subway line in New York, but a bike-share program is in the works there, too).

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Canada’s latest stunt in its long history of scaring us safe

In this week’s news of, “That sounds crazy … are you sure that’s a good idea, Canada? What the hell, do it anyway,” 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.” You might be thinking, ’3-D — [...]

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Blueprint America special report: Dangerous crossing

Need to Know teamed up with Blueprint America to check in with residents of Buford, Atlanta, where a highway dividing the town makes pedestrian safety a major concern.

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‘Disappearmarks,’ or what ever happened to that $6 billion for transportation?

Remember your old friend, The Bill? That lovable “Schoolhouse Rock” character? Well … He’s gone missing. And the ransom: $6.5 billion. Or he gets it. Maybe that’s a little extreme. But, the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit government watchdog, reported this week that there was “$6.5 billion worth of unspent earmarks from the most recent transportation [...]