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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.


Reshaping Somerville: The fight against childhood obesity

Need to Know medical correspondent Dr. Emily Senay travels to Somerville, Massachusetts, where town officials have pioneered a new anti-obesity program that’s producing promising results.


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 [...]


The thin green line: Investing in urban parks

A new report has found that, in spite of the recession, cities are investing in urban parks. Alison Stewart tours one such park — an old elevated rail line in New York City.


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).


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.


‘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 [...]

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