By Steve Scauzillo | [email protected] | San Gabriel Valley TribunePUBLISHED: April 12, 2019 at 1:10 pm | UPDATED: April 12, 2019 at 1:11 pm Perception is reality. This is undoubtedly true when talking about the Los Angeles River. What was called a concrete tomb, a 51-mile ditch bisecting forgotten neighborhoods far from the glitter of Hollywood and the verdant Santa Monica Mountains, or ignored altogether is now seen, recognized, even celebrated as a real urban river with unlimited potential. In particular, an 11.5-mile stretch in Elysian Valley that includes the Glendale Narrows has water year-round, a dirt bottom for absorption, birds, turtles, parks and the occasional kayaker. “Our founder, Lewis MacAdams, would go to public meetings and whenever it was called the flood-control channel he would pipe up and correct them and say ‘river.’ Because it is more than a channel. It is an historical and ecologically rich river,” said Marissa Christiansen, executive … [Read more...] about Earth Day cleanups at the LA River — largest such events in the U.S. — will celebrate 30th year
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In late February, the city of Abilene, Texas, made an announcement: It had ended local veteran homelessness. It was the first community in the state and the ninth in the country to reach that goal, as part of a national program called Built for Zero. Now, through the same program, Abilene is working to end chronic homelessness. While homelessness might often be seen as an intractable problem because of its complexity–or one that costs more to solve than communities can afford–the program is proving that is not the case. “By ending homelessness, we mean getting to a place where it’s rare, brief, and it gets solved correctly and quickly when it does happen,” says Rosanne Haggerty, president of Community Solutions, the nonprofit that leads the Built for Zero program. “That’s a completely achievable end state, we now see.” The nonprofit, which calls this goal “functional zero,” announced today that it is accelerating its work in … [Read more...] about 3 cities in the U.S. have ended chronic homelessness: Here’s how they did it
By Shayndi Raice WSJ Paul Overberg WSJ Daniel Acker for The Wall Street Journal WSJ Mon., March 4, 2019 Amtrak’s route from Chicago to St. Louis would seem an ideal place for the U.S. to adopt high-speed rail such as in Europe and Asia, where passenger trains can race along at 200 miles an hour. The stretch in Illinois is a straight shot across mostly flat terrain. In fact, a fast-rail project is under way in Illinois. Yet the trains will top out at 110 mph, shaving just an hour from what is now a 5½-hour train trip. After it’s finished, at a cost of about $2 billion, the state figures the share of people who travel between the two cities by rail could rise just a few percentage points. Behind such modest gains, for hundreds of millions of dollars spent, lie some of the reasons high-speed train travel remains an elusive goal in the U.S. The challenges faced by Illinois, among them limited federal funding and people’s ingrained … [Read more...] about High-Speed Rail in the U.S. Remains Elusive: Illinois Shows Why
By Brent Skorup WSJ Tues., Feb. 26, 2019 In the race to 5G, the U.S. has stumbled at the start. But it still has time to catch and pass China, the current leader—if the right policies are put in place on both the local and federal levels. The race can be defined in different ways, but here’s how I see it: The finish line is a fully upgraded domestic network infrastructure that allows businesses and consumers across the country to take advantage of the new technology and gives the U.S. tech industry the foundation to design 5G applications and services for a global market. The history of 4G in the U.S. shows that if you build the network, the apps and services will follow. Wireless carriers switched 4G on around 2010 and it quickly spawned U.S.-based social-media mobile-app empires, stimulated consumer demand for advanced smartphones and helped turn companies like Uber, Android and Airbnb into massive global successes. With the next generation of … [Read more...] about How the U.S. Can Catch Up in the 5G Race
Volkswagen's Tennessee footprint supports about 16,400 jobs in the state through the automaker's Chattanooga assembly plant, supplier network and other impacts, a new study says. Also, about $73.8 million in state and local taxes stemmed from the German automaker's presence in Tennessee in 2017, according to the Ernst & Young report commissioned by VW. By the numbers Volkswagen in Tennessee has driven about 16,408 jobs:› 12,127: Indirect and induced jobs› 3,809: Direct jobs› 472: VW and Audi dealership jobsSource: Ernst & Young report In addition, VW's economic output, which typically measures the value of all sales of goods and services, in Tennessee was $8.56 billion that year, the report said. The study doesn't include an $800 million expansion in Chattanooga VW revealed in January that is to add 1,000 more jobs. A new electric vehicle facility will make an SUV starting in 2022, VW officials have said. The state next month is expected to release the … [Read more...] about New report highlights Volkswagen’s economic weight in Tennessee, U.S.