As anyone who's driven Interstate 4 near downtown Tampa knows, it's pretty bad.
According to a study by the American Highway Users Alliance of America's urban freeways, it's one of the nation's worst bottlenecks, which are portions of highways that are routinely and consistently congested. ...
Yes, believe it. Nielsen Scarborough, the market research firm, has ranked the cities with the highest percentage of single women who live alone with at least one cat.
And Tampa/St. Petersburg ranks ninth at 7.5 percent, just a wee bit behind Minneapolis/St. Paul and Harrisburg, PA, with 7.7 percent. No. 1 is, of course, Portland, with 9.9 percent....
As the 25th anniversary of the Pinellas Trail approaches, it's important to remember that when it debuted, only three other locales had something like it. Now, more than 1,000 cities do.
With bike share programs now provided by Tampa, and perhaps soon in St. Petersburg, bike use should only go up, here and nationally.
And that would be very good news, according to a University of California, Davis report released this month....
Renderings were unveiled Monday of the privately owned and operated passenger rail service between Miami and Orlando that's set to debut in mid-2017.
The company building it, All Aboard Florida, also unveiled the name: Brightline.
So glory in all the possibilities express rail (it's not high-speed rail) will bring to Central and South Florida. The Miami New Times has a pretty good summary of the project here. The Sun-Sentinel's review ("bold look!") is here. ...
It sure was a bitter setback last month when Pinellas County learned it was denied a $19.1 million federal grant for the Pinellas Trail.
The 47-mile bike trail seems like just the type of project the U.S. Department of Transportation likes to finance through a program started in 2009 to provide support for transit, bike, pedestrian, rail, ports and other type of infrastructure not typically funded through regular work plans (read roads)....
We know all about how Tampa Bay ranks No. 2 in the number of pedestrian fatalities.
Ever wonder what all that mayhem in the streets looks like from space?
The planning website Planetizen has found this: Max Galka at Metrocosm, a website that analyzes data and statistics, has mapped 373,377 points on a map of the United States. Each point represents a person who died in a vehicle crash between 2004 and 2013. It's interactive, so information about each crash will appear as you zoom closer. (Here's a guide)....
It can become tiresome to continually write about how Charlotte is growing in ways that Tampa is not.
It's been more than four years since Gov. Rick Scott rejected $2.4 billion in federal money to build a high-speed rail line connecting Tampa to Orlando.
Not only is it maddening to imagine where the project would be (near completion? another six months? already open?) if Scott hadn't killed the project. But it feels like a gut punch, every few weeks or so, to read about another city reaping the rewards that easily could have been spent right here in Tampa Bay....
New studies showing how rising sea levels will wash across Florida have gained a lot of attention lately.
"The potential magnitude of sea level rise is staggering," said Michael Oppenheimer, a Princeton University climate researcher who is on the board of Climate Central and says he offered comment on a version of a recent study. "In the short term, it risks serious disruption of life along the coast while in the long term, it could lead to obliteration of a large and priceless amount of our cultural heritage, worldwide."...
It sure is popular to blame those born between 1982 to 2000 for a host of problems.
For a generation faced with a bad job market and mounting college debt, the millennials are by now used to getting lectured by Baby Boomers (who are blameless for any of this, of course).
But it does seems a tad harsh to chide millennials for problems beyond their control. Big college debts will temper whatever they'll be able to afford on other things, like homes and cars. And yes, that does hurt an economy that's too dependent on mindless consumerism....
Alexei Barrionuevo has a fascinating column in Curbed that looks at how height limits are changing Miami Beach.
After Donald Trump and others lobbied for tall buildings (in Trump's case a 100-story hotel-casino), residents pushed back, forcing city officials to impose height restrictions in the late 1990s.
Nearly 20 years later, the result, Barrionuevo writes, is a "botique boom". Tall buildings are out. Modestly-sized, but exorbitantly-priced luxury condos designed by starchitects like Renzo Piano are in....
Signs that millennials are going to reshape the American landscape are abundant.
As Salon wrote this weekend, average vehicle miles traveled dropped 2,400 miles a year in 2009 compared to their same-age predecessors in 2001, opting for more bike trips, public transit and walking. This is a big deal, noted Sam Schwartz....
Here at Bay Buzz, we just want to help.
Take the August rains that swamped the bay area, leading to massive sewage overflows. St. Petersburg had more than 31 million gallons of wastewater overflow because the rain water leaked into the city's aging sewage pipes....
The U.S. DOT is easing regulations for federal roads with speeds of less than 50 mph that would allow for more design options, such as introducing bike lanes.
“This proposed policy change will give states and communities the opportunity to be more innovative in designing their local projects,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “It will help us to build more quality projects that will not only provide more travel options for people, but also support and unite communities across America.”...
It's been deadly out there on Hillsborough County roads the last couple of days.
A 17-year-old Chamberlain High Student died Tuesday when she was hit crossing Busch Boulevard. A 43-year-old Brandon man was killed on U.S. 301 when his pickup truck crashed into a light pole. On Monday, a 67-year-old Riverview man was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Orient Road. ...