Category Archives: Transportation

The Costs (and Benefits) of Extreme Weather

Written on February 28, 2014 at 5:39 pm, by

Extreme weather events and the resulting damage may be the new normal.   These seemingly constant states of emergency are creating real costs for those who fail to prepare, and in some cases, these weather events are changing the ways organizations operate.   Homeland Security officials have declared that failing to prepare for extreme weather  Continue Reading »

Suburban History

Written on October 24, 2012 at 2:46 pm, by

It doesn’t get much more meta than this.   Kansas museum officials have proposed spending $34 million to create the National Museum of Suburbia in Overland Park.   One of America’s quintessential (and economically successful) suburbs is going to build a museum of the suburbs.  Is America ready to put the idea of “suburbs” in  Continue Reading »

Lightweight Entertainment

Written on June 11, 2012 at 6:25 pm, by

Coach travelers on Singapore-based carrier Scoot Airlines can rent iPads for their flights. Scoot has removed its previous seatback entertainment system, reducing the weight of its four Boeing 777s by 7 percent. The reduced weight has meant reduced fuel usage and has saved the airline money.   This is yet another example of airlines doing  Continue Reading »

Rethinking Lifestyles

Written on June 6, 2012 at 6:22 pm, by

Results are in from this year’s Kinder Houston Area Survey, a 30-year old survey of Houston area residents conducted by Rice University. Fifty-one percent of respondents said they would choose a smaller home within walking distance of workplaces and shops, rather than a single-family home with a big yard that would require driving almost everywhere.  Continue Reading »

Making a Move in Distribution

Written on May 25, 2012 at 6:12 pm, by

New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie announced that Amazon will build two large distribution centers, each about one million square feet, in New Jersey. The crux of Christie’s announcement was that the state will now be able to collect sales tax from Amazon on all goods sold in the state.   While the focus of the  Continue Reading »