SPUR Evening Forum: URBANbuild Local Global: An innovative model for rebuilding and good design in New Orleans

"URBANbuild Local Global documents the work of URBANbuild, a comprehensive two-year program at Tulane University School of Architecture initiated to actively support the rehabilitation of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. URBANbuild Local Global, literally a double-sided book, reconnects local research, analysis and design for New Orleans with a broader framework that embraces knowledge and experience drawn from comparable world cities. With authors Ila Berman and Mona El-Khafif."


Transit Outsourcing Booms — But Are There Safety Trade-offs?

New Orleans streetcars, such as the one pictured above, are about to be outsourced to a private French company. (Photo: NYT) The Wall Street Journal reports today on the growing number of cities around the country that are in talks to outsource local transit systems to cope with the budgetary pressures of the recession. New […]

Amtrak, Virginia Railway Express, and the Future of Privately Run Transit

Virginia Railway Express (VRE), the commuter network that links northwest Virginia to Washington D.C., today refused a challenge by Amtrak to its decision to switch operating providers to the U.S. arm of Keolis, a private French transit company. Chicago’s earliest rail transit line, pictured here, was run by a private company. (Photo: Franzosenbusch Project) Although […]