#citydata: Ten Facts About Cities (Part 6)


How many US cities are planning streetcar systems? Does Bus Rapid Transit spur other investment? How much damage did Superstorm Sandy do to New York City? We’ve been busy again putting together more instalments in our #citydata series (click to check out the first 50 – yes, 50 – in parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5), answering those questions above and more.

But not everyone agrees with the idea: “It’s a trolley to nowhere,” said Pat Lawler, 83, sitting on a downtown bench. “In Kenosha (Wisconsin), people drive their cars.”

That’s compared to 7.8 for road-only construction. Cities that want to boost employment need to invest in cycling.

Is BRT the way forward for cities facing severe budget constraints? Cleveland’s Euclid Ave corridor, complete with streetscape improvements and a new BRT line, makes the case that it just might be.

The damage brought by events like Superstorm Sandy’s New York City landfall are part of the reason why resiliency is replacing sustainability as planning’s central buzzword.

And with 7.5 million riders a day, Mumbai’s trains are the most overloaded in the world.

And in London, the wait is up to 40 years. Feeling patient?

That’s despite the construction of 156,000 affordable housing units in the last 12 years.

Luckily, most didn’t take their house with them. For an excellent look at state by state migration patterns, click here.

And that’s down 0.4% on 2011 levels.

The San Diego Association of Governments recently approved $200 million over the next ten years to pay for improvements to regional bike network connectivity.