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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.

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  The gridlocked American dream

Americans suffering from the housing crisis are also finding themselves struggling to afford transportation costs. With Blueprint America, we visited the Phoenix suburbs.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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