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Spain has made a multi-billion dollar commitment to a high-speed rail system that aims to unite the country. Learn about it in this short clip from Blueprint America: Beyond the Motor City.

Clip courtesy of Blueprint America, produced by PBS and Thirteen. 

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RPA's America 2050 team traveled to Vancouver this week, where we were invited by TransLink - Greater Vancouver's transportation authority - to assist them in public consultation around the development of a 30-year transportation strategy for the region. TransLink is a unique transportation authority with planning and operating responsibilities for both roads and transit in the Vancouver region. They are currently developing a 30-year transportation strategy for the region and held three consultation forums over the last week: one with local government leaders, one with regional stakeholders, and another with their staff and transit operators.  

They were interested in RPA's experience in developing long-range plans for the NY-NJ-CT region, as well as the long term strategies of America 2050 and megaregional trends in Cascadia. RPA's PowerPoint presentation, delivered at TransLink's Stakeholder Transportation Forum on October 29 at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Downtown Vancouver can be downloaded here (2.2 MB).

You can read comments on the stakeholder forum on a local Vancouver blog here.

Photo: Construction of TransLink's new Canada Line. (Courtesy of Tom Wright.)

by Peter J. Taylor and Kathy Pain. Loughborough University, UK.

This study was written for the 2007 Healdsburg Research Seminar on Megaregions.  It focuses on polycentric mega-city regions in Western European as measured by the following principles: (1) evidential emphasis, ideas are backed up by customized data and analysis; (2) relational emphasis, cities are to be understood through connections with other cities; and (3) process emphasis, this means identifying agents: who is doing the connecting and why?

Download the report here

EU Diagonal

This March, a group of fifteen students from U. Penn’s Department of City and Regional Planning will travel to Madrid, Spain to participate in a week-long workshop where they will collaborate with European academics, professionals and civic leaders to conceptualize an emergent Lisbon-Milan axis called the “European Diagonal”.

The workshop is being sponsored by Fundación Metrópoli, an international NGO dedicated to creating and sharing knowledge towards building a sustainable future and the Fundación Astroc, a real estate development company committed to the improvement and development of cities. The goals of this megaregion workshop are threefold: identify the urban form in Madrid, conceptualize the European Diagonal, and posit the Diagonal as a ‘hinge’ between Northern Europe and Northern Africa.