Posts by Jeff Wood

Jeff Wood is the Principal of The Overhead Wire, a consulting firm focused on sharing information about cities around the world. He hosts a weekly podcast called Talking Headways at Streetsblog USA and operates the daily news site The Overhead Wire. 

  • Worldwide links: Scalia the urban planner

    Antonin Scalia’s legacy has roots in a land use case, Atlanta’s mayor says he’ll kill a regional tax initiative if at least 50% isn’t promised for transit, and professional sports team owners are starting to demand more from cities than just stadiums. Check out what’s happening around the world in transportation, land use, and other related areas! Scalia…  Keep reading…

  • National links: Supply and demand

    More high-end housing can mean cheaper prices for all,  the app Waze is changing the streets we use, and over 25,000 families are living in subsidized housing they’re too wealthy for. Check out what’s happening around the country in transportation, land use, and other related areas! Housing econ 101: Supply and demand can definitely be more complex than some…  Keep reading…

  • Worldwide links: Cheap(ish) houses

    Cheaper housing is doable, but it’s about way more than just construction costs, strict rules are killing Sydney’s night life, and a potential light rail line from Brooklyn to Queens. Check out what’s happening around the world in transportation, land use, and other related areas! A house, on the cheap: Auburn architecture students have developed a house…  Keep reading…

  • National links: No more grocery stores

    Walmart has turned many towns into high-dry food deserts, Nashville is considering its transit options, and Uber had to get creative to get insurance. Check out what’s happening around the world in transportation, land use, and other related areas! Walmart’s small town shuffle: Walmart is closing shop in a number of small towns despite only recently arriving…  Keep reading…

  • Worldwide links: Bernie knows housing

    A program for making housing more affordable is among Bernie Sanders’ proudest achievements; 16 different graphics point to one conclusion: Toyko is mind-blowingly big; A Texas town got creative with a shut-down Walmart. Check out what’s happening around the world in transportation, land use, and other related areas! Bernie’s housing model: When he…  Keep reading…

  • National links: Put a lid on it

    A Seattle architect wants to build a park over the interstate that cuts through the city, Silicon Valley is developing a new kind of bus service, and the mayor of Los Angeles is serious about phasing out cars. Check out what’s happening around the country in transportation, land use, and other related areas! “The Big Lid”: A Seattle architect envisions building…  Keep reading…

  • National links: Transit projects

    It’s been ten years since Boston finished one of the country’s biggest-ever transportation projects, Minneapolis suburbs might build an express bus network, and it turns out sprawl contributes to fatal car crashes. Check out what’s happening around the country in transportation, land use, and other related areas! Dig, dug: It’s been ten years…  Keep reading…

  • National links: New York, New York

    New York City almost rebuilt the Williamsburg Bridge 30 years ago, traffic congestion on Houston’s gigantic freeway is getting worse, a city’s skyline says a lot about how it uses energy, and Iran is looking to build more rail. Check out what’s happening around the country in transportation, land use, and other related areas! Narrow minded: In the 80s, conventional…  Keep reading…

  • National links: Atlanta’s getting more streetcars

    Thanks to The Direct Transfer, we’re bringing you a weekly roundup of what’s happening around the country in transportation, land use, and other related areas. Think Breakfast Links, but national and on the weekend! Network Stars: The Atlanta City Council approved a 50-plus mile streetcar network that includes 22 miles of the long-planned Beltline. The city…  Keep reading…

  • National links: Manipulative maps and tearing down freeways

    Thanks to The Direct Transfer, we’re going to start bringing you a weekly roundup of what’s happening around the country in transportation, land use, and other related areas. Think Breakfast Links, but national and on the weekend! Enjoy! Capitalist highway maps: You can easily lie with maps. In fact, many companies used them to point people to only their gas stations…  Keep reading…

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