infrastructure http://wnpr.org en Survey Says: What's Your Springfield Commute? http://wnpr.org/post/survey-says-whats-your-springfield-commute <p>The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is asking the public for input on daily routes, parking locations, and commute timing in anticipation of the reconstruction of an elevated highway through Springfield.</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:11:50 +0000 Heather Brandon 20368 at http://wnpr.org Survey Says: What's Your Springfield Commute? MassDOT Surveys Commuters In Planning I-91 Project http://wnpr.org/post/massdot-surveys-commuters-planning-i-91-project The Massachusetts Department of Transportation as part of the planning for a major highway project in western Massachusetts is surveying commuters.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="The elevated highway in Springfield, MA known as the I-91 viaduct will be rebuilt beginning in November. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:58:15 +0000 Paul Tuthill 20366 at http://wnpr.org MassDOT Surveys Commuters In Planning I-91 Project Malloy Announces Major Connecticut Transportation Projects http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-announces-major-connecticut-transportation-projects <p>Governor Dannel Malloy announced on Tuesday <a href="http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/cwp/view.asp?A=4010&amp;Q=543374" target="_blank">several major transportation projects across the state</a> that are set to begin this spring.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:49:55 +0000 Diane Orson 20238 at http://wnpr.org Malloy Announces Major Connecticut Transportation Projects Highway Improvement; Curbing Teen Violence; Examining Police Taser Use http://wnpr.org/post/highway-improvement-curbing-teen-violence-examining-police-taser-use <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JrQlZ-JAIKs?list=UUdeV_lmPe3Ne21BmkhTb1xw" width="560"></iframe></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:26:42 +0000 Eric Clemmons 20211 at http://wnpr.org Dutch Test Glow-In-The-Dark Road Of The Future http://wnpr.org/post/dutch-test-glow-dark-road-future There's a half-kilometer stretch of road in the Netherlands that looks a bit like something out of the movie <em>Tron</em>, thanks to new luminescent markings that glow green in the dark.<p>The photoluminescent paint, a sort of amped-up version of what is found on many wristwatches, charges up during daylight hours and then emits the green hue at night along the short test patch of N329 highway in Oss, according to Dutch companies <a href="http://www.studioroosegaarde.net/info/">Studio Roosegaarde</a> and Heijmans, a road construction firm.<p>"It's almost radioactive," says artist Daan Roosega Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:04:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 20123 at http://wnpr.org Dutch Test Glow-In-The-Dark Road Of The Future The Success and Failure of Design; a Conversation with Medea Benjamin http://wnpr.org/post/success-and-failure-design-conversation-medea-benjamin <p>This hour, we take a look at design and the impact it has on our lives. Longtime design critic and author Alice Rawsthorn joins us along with Dr. Henry Petroski of Duke University to talk about the good design that helps us, and bad design that hinders us in our daily routines.</p><p>Later, we talk to CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin about her work as a political activist and author. Her latest book is called <em>Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control</em>.</p><p><strong>GUESTS: </strong></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:52:53 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 20097 at http://wnpr.org The Success and Failure of Design; a Conversation with Medea Benjamin Big Ideas (That Didn't Work) http://wnpr.org/post/big-ideas-didnt-work <p>If you watch "House of Cards," you might have noticed a main storyline about a bridge from Long Island to Connecticut. Sounds crazy, right? Well, here's the thing: it was a real idea!</p><p>From bridges, to highways, to malls, <em>Where We Live </em>takes a look at some outlandish project ideas that -- for some reason or another -- just never worked. Why isn’t there a bridge connecting Connecticut and Long Island? And why wasn't the New Haven Galleria mall ever built?</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:40:21 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 19887 at http://wnpr.org Big Ideas (That Didn't Work) Is Another Water Revolution on the Horizon? http://wnpr.org/post/another-water-revolution-horizon <p>Each time you go to turn on the faucet, flush the toilet, or water the lawn, you’re connecting yourself to a complex water system with nearly two and a half thousand years of history. The structure of our modern network of reservoirs, pipes, and drains owes much of its influence to designs dating back to ancient Rome.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 17685 at http://wnpr.org Is Another Water Revolution on the Horizon? Pfizer to Host Bioscience Incubator http://wnpr.org/post/pfizer-host-bioscience-incubator <p>A new bioscience incubator will be created in an empty building on the Groton campus of drug giant Pfizer. The state will also move its data center to the site.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:50:20 +0000 Harriet Jones 19495 at http://wnpr.org Pfizer to Host Bioscience Incubator Plan to Move Downtown Hartford Street Faces Opposition http://wnpr.org/post/plan-move-downtown-hartford-street-faces-opposition <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Figuring out ways to bring more people to the city of Hartford has been a long-time work in progress. One plan to do that is called </span>iQuilt<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and one of its goals is to make the city more </span>walkable<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. One aspect of it is facing opposition.</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:17:26 +0000 Jeff Cohen 18827 at http://wnpr.org Plan to Move Downtown Hartford Street Faces Opposition It's Hard Being Live On Air During an Earthquake http://wnpr.org/post/its-hard-being-live-air-during-earthquake <p>An earthquake in Southern California Monday morning rattled the usual calm demeanor of the live, on-air anchors at KTLA-TV.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fortunately, it doesn't look as though there's been much damage, and the anchors knew what to do: get under the desk.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:07:35 +0000 Heather Brandon & Tucker Ives 18568 at http://wnpr.org It's Hard Being Live On Air During an Earthquake Death Toll From NYC Explosion Stands At 8, May Go Higher http://wnpr.org/post/death-toll-nyc-explosion-stands-7-may-go-higher <h6><strong>This post was updated at 7:22 p.m. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:22:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 18357 at http://wnpr.org Death Toll From NYC Explosion Stands At 8, May Go Higher Two Apartment Buildings Collapse in New York City; Metro-North Restores All Service http://wnpr.org/post/two-apartment-buildings-collapse-new-york-city-metro-north-restores-all-service <p>Metro-North restored all train service into and out of Grand Central Terminal on Wednesday after service had been suspended for several hours.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.wnyc.org/story/reports-huge-explosion-building-collapse-harlem/" target="_blank">Two&nbsp;apartment buildings collapsed after an explosion</a> at Park Avenue and&nbsp;116th Street adjacent to the Metro-North commuter tracks</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 23:52:48 +0000 Heather Brandon 18295 at http://wnpr.org Two Apartment Buildings Collapse in New York City; Metro-North Restores All Service 7 Dead, Dozens Injured As Buildings Collapse In Harlem http://wnpr.org/post/apartment-building-explodes-harlem-killing-least-2 <strong>Update at 8:15 a.m .ET, March 13:</strong><p>We've begun a new post, which at this moment is headlined "<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/13/289768648/death-toll-from-nyc-explosion-stands-at-seven-may-go-higher" target="_blank">Death Toll From NYC Explosion Stands At Seven, May Go Higher</a>."<p><strong>Update at 4:25 a.m. ET, March 13:</strong><p>A sixth person has been confirmed dead in the explosion that flattened two apartment buildings in Harlem. A fire department spokesman says the unidentified body was pulled out of the rubble around 3:15 a.m.<strong> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 18299 at http://wnpr.org 7 Dead, Dozens Injured As Buildings Collapse In Harlem Growing An Urban Neighborhood, One Store At A Time http://wnpr.org/post/growing-urban-neighborhood-one-store-time Across the country, communities stranded in food and retail deserts are asking how they can enjoy the bounty afforded to other urban centers. One Washington, D.C., community thinks it might have an answer.<p>Just a 10-minute drive south of the U.S. Capitol, across the Anacostia River, sits Congress Heights. The Southeast D.C. neighborhood is less than 2 miles long and home to more than 8,000 people, many in single-family houses. But if you're looking for a sit-down meal, options are scarce.<p>Up Martin Luther King Jr. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:01:00 +0000 editor 17969 at http://wnpr.org Growing An Urban Neighborhood, One Store At A Time 3 Cities With Freeways Going Nowhere http://wnpr.org/post/3-cities-freeways-going-nowhere When I was growing up in Memphis in the 1960s, the Feds — and state and local officials — unveiled plans to build a short stretch of Interstate 40 to connect East Memphis with downtown.<p>The proposed corridor of concrete would run through Overton Park, a 342-acre green space of old forest and open fields in the heart of the city. Sun, 02 Mar 2014 04:03:29 +0000 Linton Weeks 17760 at http://wnpr.org 3 Cities With Freeways Going Nowhere Why Hartford's I-84 Viaduct Is a Futureless Freeway http://wnpr.org/post/why-hartfords-i-84-viaduct-futureless-freeway <p>Hartford's Aetna Viaduct is among the&nbsp;<a href="http://grist.org/cities/top-10-urban-highways-that-deserve-to-be-torn-down/">top ten urban highways that deserve to be torn down,</a>&nbsp;according to a new study by <a href="http://www.cnu.org/highways/freewayswithoutfutures2014#Section10">Congress for the New Urbanism</a>. The yearly report, "Freeways without Futures" lists the elevated stretch of I-84 (in no particular order of futureless-ness) with such highways as I-10 in New Orleans, I-81 in Syracuse, and I-70 in St. Louis.</p><p>The criteria for being a futureless freeway?</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:27:35 +0000 Catie Talarski 17156 at http://wnpr.org Why Hartford's I-84 Viaduct Is a Futureless Freeway Battling Blight: Detroit Maps Entire City To Find Bad Buildings http://wnpr.org/post/battling-blight-detroit-maps-entire-city-find-bad-buildings Inside one in a series of abandoned homes along a blighted block of Detroit's Brightmoor neighborhood, filmmaker Tom McPhee walks through the remnants of a life — broken furniture, scattered knickknacks and a flooded basement.<p>"This is fresh water that's coming into the basement here," McPhee points out. "All of that plumbing has been ripped away 'cause someone found a value in it, so they don't care that it's running. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:33:00 +0000 editor 17121 at http://wnpr.org Battling Blight: Detroit Maps Entire City To Find Bad Buildings Tappan Zee Bridge to Be Replaced Using 400-Foot Floating Crane http://wnpr.org/post/tappan-zee-bridge-be-replaced-using-400-foot-floating-crane <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>Tappan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Zee bridge across the Hudson River is being replaced, and to get the job done, one of the world's largest floating cranes has arrived in New York.</span></p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:20:34 +0000 Heather Brandon 16270 at http://wnpr.org Tappan Zee Bridge to Be Replaced Using 400-Foot Floating Crane Brace Yourselves, Potholes Are Coming http://wnpr.org/post/brace-yourselves-potholes-are-coming <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As cold weather returns to Connecticut, a slew of potholes are expected to appear around the state. According to Jim Mahoney from the Connecticut Transportation Institute, "This is about as perfect as a setup as you can get for potholes, and unfortunately, every road is susceptible to them."</span></p><p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:15:30 +0000 Patrick Skahill 15620 at http://wnpr.org Brace Yourselves, Potholes Are Coming "Holy [Bleep]!" Memories of the Hartford Civic Center Roof Collapse http://wnpr.org/post/holy-bleep-memories-hartford-civic-center-roof-collapse <p>The first time you laid eyes on it, the sheer size tended to rip your vocabulary away from you. It was so damn big -- 2.4 acres! -- and the bulk of it just sagged into the middle, right on top of the space that you knew was designed&nbsp;for thousands of people to sit in.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:16:37 +0000 Colin McEnroe 15077 at http://wnpr.org "Holy [Bleep]!" Memories of the Hartford Civic Center Roof Collapse Remembering the Collapse of the Hartford Civic Center Roof http://wnpr.org/post/remembering-collapse-hartford-civic-center-roof <p></p><p>For many years, Ralph Nader has pushed the idea of an <a href="http://www.ctlawtribune.com/PubArticleCT.jsp?id=1202612852702&amp;slreturn=20140007142540">American Museum of Tort History</a> which would be located somewhere in Connecticut, probably Winsted. The exhibits would concern tort cases from all over the U.S. but you have to think the <a href="http://www.courant.com/business/real-estate/hc-1978-civic-center-collapse-pg,0,3647390.photogallery">Hartford Civic Center roof collapse</a> would merit a special diorama.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 16:29:34 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 15074 at http://wnpr.org Remembering the Collapse of the Hartford Civic Center Roof The Suburban Corporate Wasteland http://wnpr.org/post/suburban-corporate-wasteland-0 <div>One hundred seventy three acres of office space in Simsbury is up for sale, formerly The Hartford, <a href="http://www.simsbury-ct.gov/sites/simsburyct/files/gateway_simsbury_hartford_9.10.13_final_v2.pdf">but now what?</a> It’s not a new story.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Decades ago, many corporate headquarters moved from cities to the suburbs into sprawling campuses surrounded by trees. Now with downsizing and cost cutting, many of these suburban “temples” sit empty.&nbsp;</span></div><p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Catie Talarski & Tucker Ives 14703 at http://wnpr.org The Suburban Corporate Wasteland Malls Are Dying, Long Live the Mall! http://wnpr.org/post/malls-are-dying-long-live-mall <p>Thanksgiving is this week and as the holiday shopping season comes upon us, we’ll look at one of the iconic American institutions: the shopping mall. We’ll talk with a writer at <em>The Atlantic Cities</em> who says that despite how engrained it is in our culture, <a href="http://www.theatlanticcities.com/arts-and-lifestyle/2012/07/shopping-mall-turns-60-and-prepares-retire/2568/">the mall is preparing to retire</a>. We'll also hear a class piece from radio producer Jonathan Mitchell. He produced a soundscape of his hometown mall called "City X."</p><p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 05:00:00 +0000 Tucker Ives, John Dankosky & Catie Talarski 12945 at http://wnpr.org Malls Are Dying, Long Live the Mall! From New Haven Son to New York's Master Builder, Robert Moses Turns 125 http://wnpr.org/post/new-haven-son-new-yorks-master-builder-robert-moses-turns-125 <p>Wednesday marks the 125th birthday of New Haven native Robert Moses, a powerfully influential shaper of the modern city. Moses famously carried out most of his work in appointed positions in New York City, both as head of the Triborough Bridge Authority and&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">through public housing projects.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Moses is credited with transforming New York City -- and many cities that followed suit or <a href="http://digitalrepository.trincoll.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1000&amp;context=hartford_papers" target="_blank">took his advice, like Hartford</a> -- into a place dominated by the automobile. He frequently recommended demolishing older, poor neighborhoods in order to carve a path for an elevated highway.</p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 17:30:22 +0000 Heather Brandon 14154 at http://wnpr.org From New Haven Son to New York's Master Builder, Robert Moses Turns 125 Connecticut Businesses to State Government: "Fix Our Roads" http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-businesses-state-government-fix-our-roads <p><a href="http://www5.cbia.com/newsroom/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Transportation_13-2.pdf" target="_blank">Business leaders said in a new survey</a> that their top priority for transportation in Connecticut is addressing overcrowded roads.</p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 19:59:52 +0000 Harriet Jones 13839 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Businesses to State Government: "Fix Our Roads" What Does It Take to "Make a Place"? http://wnpr.org/post/what-does-it-take-make-place <div>It’s our monthly broadcast, live from our <a href="http://www.hartford.gov/meca/iconnect-hartford">iConnect downtown storefront.</a> Today we kicking off an evening of pop-up shopping:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/227730724070755/">the Small Business Night Out</a> featuring over 15 vendors.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">We also <a href="http://www.realartways.org/events.htm#conversation">preview a community conversation</a> looking at how we are shaped by our surroundings. </span></div><div> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:52:51 +0000 Catie Talarski, Tucker Ives & John Dankosky 13783 at http://wnpr.org What Does It Take to "Make a Place"? The Suburban Corporate Wasteland http://wnpr.org/post/suburban-corporate-wasteland <div>One hundred seventy three acres of office space in Simsbury is up for sale, formerly The Hartford, <a href="http://www.simsbury-ct.gov/sites/simsburyct/files/gateway_simsbury_hartford_9.10.13_final_v2.pdf">but now what?</a> It’s not a new story.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Decades ago, many corporate headquarters moved from cities to the suburbs into sprawling campuses surrounded by trees. Now with downsizing and cost cutting, many of these suburban “temples” sit empty.&nbsp;</span></div><p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 13:15:48 +0000 Catie Talarski, Tucker Ives & John Dankosky 13300 at http://wnpr.org The Suburban Corporate Wasteland What Happens To Failed Shopping Malls? http://wnpr.org/post/what-happens-failed-shopping-malls Successful malls can be some of the most bustling places in America: enclosed commercial districts that are “people magnets,” with packed parking lots and a variety of popular shops, department stores and restaurants.<p>But over the years, online shopping and a roller coaster economy have turned many malls into ghost towns.<p>From the<a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org"><em> Here & Now</em></a> Contributors Network, <strong>David C. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 20:20:00 +0000 editor 13298 at http://wnpr.org What Happens To Failed Shopping Malls? How Shopping Malls Are Adapting In An Online World http://wnpr.org/post/how-shopping-malls-are-adapting-online-world Traditional shopping malls took a big hit after the economic collapse. Problems at big retailers Sears and J.C. Penney — two of the biggest mall tenants — could signal even more troubles.<p>But malls are trying to adapt. As online shopping grows, things are getting more and more competitive out in the real world of brick-and-mortar retail.<p>The South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., shows just how competitive the mall business can be. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 08:24:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 13066 at http://wnpr.org