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    Entries by Fernando Arias (86)


    High-Speed Rail Poised to Alter China

    INTERESTING: "Meanwhile, a shift in passenger traffic to the new high-speed rail routes has freed up congested older rail lines for freight. That has allowed coal mines and shippers to switch to cheaper rail transport from costly trucks for heavy cargos."


    China's New Urban Plan -- Buy a Car, but Don't Use It

    SHANGHAI -- One aspect of this country's high-speed economic growth is that Chinese are getting richer and prefer to have their own cars. After decades of streets crowded with bicyclists pedaling their way to work, suddenly China has blossomed into the world's largest auto market.

    But that isn't something worth celebrating, at least not for Chinese mayors. In fact, cities here are trying hard to pry drivers out of their shiny new cars and lure them into mass transit.

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    Pitch for Rebuilding Infrastructure Carries Political Challenges

    When President Obama uses his State of the Union address on Tuesday to rally America to “outbuild” other nations, he will face an unusual challenge: getting Republicans to embrace public works projects again as the kind of worthy bacon they have traditionally fought to bring home, and not as wasteful pork that should be spurned.

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    Early Word: Push for Transportation

    President Obama held a meeting on Monday morning with mayors, governors and current and former transportation secretaries to discuss his plan for a major initiative to repair and modernize the nation’s roads, rails and air systems.

    Economists at the Treasury Department and Mr. Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers say this is the “optimal time” to invest in public infrastructure because of high unemployment and lower prices in the construction industry. Politically, it’s another story.

    Among those who headed to the White House were former transportation secretaries Norman Y. Mineta, a Democrat who served for the second President Bush, and Samuel K. Skinner, a Republican who served for the first. They released their own report making similar recommendations to the administration.


    As Seas Rise, Future Floats

    PARIS — It might seem to be a futuristic scene like the one depicted in Kevin Reynolds’s 1995 movie “Waterworld.” But floating pavilions and cities may in fact help communities adapt to the effects of climate change, as well as meet the challenges of ever-rising real estate prices and congestion in urban areas.

    From single homes to office blocks and even roads, the construction of floating cities could make low-lying nations habitable amid dramatically rising sea levels and storm surges, according to DeltaSync, a design and research company that specializes in floating urbanization.

    Artist’s impression of The New Water floating housing project between The Hague, North Sea Beach and Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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