In This Update:
- America 2050 Presents: A Better Tomorrow
PBS Airs Blueprint America: Beyond the Motor City, Feb 8 at 10:00 EST
- High-Speed Rail Announcements Signal Dawn of New Era
that end, America 2050 is pleased to present a new initiative called, A
Better Tomorrow. A Better Tomorrow is a program to engage the public in
creating a positive vision for the future of America built around
investments in sustainable transportation and livable communities.
America 2050 is creating and collecting visualizations of how
communities, regions, and our transportation networks will be organized
in the future and launching a competition in April 2010 to elicit your
vision of how people will get around in 2050, and highlighting the
most powerful videos visualizing these improvements.
To begin, we've produced our own visualization of a "day in the life" in the not too distant future in our video short, "Journey to Detroit." Produced in collaboration with PBS Blueprint America and WNET, this video can be viewed here on the America 2050 website and will be aired in excerpts on PBS this Monday as part of the documentary, Blueprint America: Beyond the Motor City. (Read more about that below.) In the meantime, we hope you will share Journey to Detroit with your friends, colleagues and social networks (our twitter feed is here for you to re-tweet), and participate in our Better Tomorrow Challenge, launching April 2010.
PBS Airs Blueprint America: Beyond the Motor
City, Feb 8 at 10:00 EST
America 2050 is pleased to have collaborated with PBS and WNET on their documentary film, Blueprint America: Beyond the Motor City. The film examines how Detroit, a symbol of America's diminishing status in the world, may come to represent the future of transportation and progress in America. The film debuts nationally on PBS on February 8 at 10 pm (check local listings).
film highlights many of America 2050's core themes, starting with
America's long tradition of national planning, from the Gallatin plan
of canals and roadways to the Transcontinental Railroad to the
Interstate Highway System. This history of national planning is ably
recounted in the film by historian Robert Fishman of University of
Michigan, who helped shape our thinking with his paper, 1808-1908-2008: National Planning for America.
film goes on to describe Detroit as the crucible in which the nation's
ability to move toward a modern 21st century transportation
infrastructure is put to the test. It discusses the promise and
challenges of making a national commitment to public transit and
high-speed rail, including excerpts of our video short, Journey to
High-Speed Rail Announcement Signals Dawn of New
America 2050 applauded last week's announcement of federal investment in high-speed and intercity passenger rail projects around the country. In our statement released January 27, we wrote, "America has gone from zero to sixty on high-speed rail in less than a year, joining virtually every other industrialized nation in making high-speed rail the backbone of a national infrastructure system" and offered the following principles for moving forward, drawn from our report, Where High-Speed Rail Works Best, to invest in corridors that:
- Connect cities in large metropolitan regions and megaregions with high concentrations of population, employment and tourism, or fast-growing population centers with the same characteristics.
- Connect to transit and walkable downtowns. To successfully attract passengers away from other modes, such as driving and flying, high-speed rail must connect places that concentrate activities and are accessible by foot or public transit. Otherwise, passengers will regret leaving their car at home.
- Connect cities with demonstrated intercity passenger demand, indicated by auto congestion and point-to-point air travel.
- Are up to 600 miles in length - the distance at which high-speed rail is highly competitive with auto and air travel.