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Alex Marshall  |  Columnist

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A journalist and consultant, Alex Marshall is the author of , and . He writes a regular urban affairs/infrasture column for Governing and has contributed to Bloomberg News, Metropolis magazine, The New York Times, Architecture, The Boston Globe, The New York Daily News, The Washington Post and many other publications.

Marshall is a former Senior Fellow at the Regional Plan Association in New York City, and has taught about infrastructure at the New Jersey School of Architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. In 2000, he was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He has consulted with Arup, Sidewalk Labs and other organizations. He holds a master's degree from Columbia University’s journalism school and a bachelor's in political economy and Spanish from Carnegie Mellon University. A native of Norfolk, Va., he was a reporter for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk from 1989 to 1997.

THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

How Much Does Transit Spread COVID-19? The Jury Is Still Out.

We assume that squishing people together on subways and buses, along with urban density in general, accounts for much of the virus's spread. But when you look at the evidence, it's a blurred picture.

May 29, k彩平台
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Why Can’t We Build Infrastructure Cheaply, Quickly and Well?

We have a loose consensus in America on factors that drive costs and time up and quality down. What we don't have is consensus on how to get those factors under control.

April 16, k彩平台
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Wars Change Things, and Fighting the Coronavirus Is a War

Could the pandemic help end or mute the modern era of cities? Probably not, but it's likely that we will see some permanent changes, both predictable and unexpected.

March 25, k彩平台
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

How Much Diversity Does a Modern City Need?

Duluth, Minn., has very little, and its mayor would like to see more minorities among its residents. But the city's strong k彩平台grown civic culture seems to be serving it well.

March 3, k彩平台
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Transportation & Infrastructure

Does Your City Have a Delivery-Truck Policy? It Should.

Booming e-commerce is congesting streets.

August 12, 2019
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Why the Virginia Beach Shooting Hits k彩平台

The attack, which killed nearly a dozen municipal employees in my k彩平台town, is a reminder that mass shootings can happen anywhere.

June 2, 2019
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Transportation & Infrastructure

A Remedy for Urban Dullness

How can you build a great place? Expand the number of people who own it.

June 27, 2019
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Transportation & Infrastructure

In Infrastructure, Embrace the Unforeseen

We often use it in ways not intended. Most of the time, that’s a good thing.

April 17, 2019
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Transportation & Infrastructure

Why ‘Density’ Is a Bad Word

It’s often used to describe how people live in urban spaces. But it shouldn't be.

February 20, 2019
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Transportation & Infrastructure

What GPS Has Taken Away

Paper maps help us know a place better.

December 14, 2018
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Transportation & Infrastructure

Flying Should Be More Like Going to Art Museums

Music, film and visual arts are improving the travelling experience.

October 5, 2018
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Transportation & Infrastructure

Why Cities Should Embrace ‘Slow Mobility’

It’s not necessarily about traveling far and fast.

August 15, 2018
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Transportation & Infrastructure

How the Mutation of Main Street Is Reshaping Cities

Brick-and-mortar stores are surviving, but what they’re selling is changing.

June 13, 2018
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Transportation & Infrastructure

The Broadband Boost Small-Town America Needs

Publicly owned internet networks are giving some rural regions an advantage over even the techiest big cities.

April 19, 2018
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Commentary

A Regional Rail Revival

Efforts to bring back passenger trains are happening all over. We need them.

February 7, 2018
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Commentary

What Elon Musk Doesn't Get

The tunnels he wants to build under Los Angeles would profoundly affect the life of the city.

December 19, 2017
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Transportation & Infrastructure

Before Replacing Jobs With Machines, Ask These Questions

For one, what’s the objective -- to improve service, save money or both?

October 24, 2017
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Transportation & Infrastructure

The Rise of the Rootless Economy

Increasingly, people are selling everything from everywhere. It’s given hope to communities once shut out of the global economy.

August 28, 2017
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Transportation & Infrastructure

The Human Casualties of ‘Winner-Take-All Urbanism’

Are we doing enough for the people left behind in cities?

June 1, 2017
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Transportation & Infrastructure

Infrastructure Lessons From Venice

How a city built on water handled its infrastructure gives America much to think about.

April 17, 2017
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The Real Illegal-Immigration Issue: Employers

Our cities and states have the most to lose and gain from how we deal with it. What we really need to do is to enforce the laws we already have.

March 10, 2017
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Transportation & Infrastructure

5 Simple Urban Fixes for Unpredictable Times

They don’t cost much.

February 16, 2017
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Transportation & Infrastructure

Are Car-Free Bridges the Future?

On Portland’s newest bridge, there’s just one rule: no cars allowed. Other cities may follow the progressive city’s lead.

December 16, 2016
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Transportation & Infrastructure

Before Joining the Bike-Lane Craze, Consider This

There are many questions that need to be answered before reducing Americans' beloved car space.

October 10, 2016
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Transportation & Infrastructure

Blah City

Why aren’t we creating great urban spaces anymore?

August 9, 2016
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Transportation & Infrastructure

Immigration and Income Inequality

Are mayors' open-door policies for illegal immigrants hurting their efforts to raise wages?

June 1, 2016
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Transportation & Infrastructure

What Jane Jacobs Missed

Her intense focus on the minutia of the streets confuses cause and effect and virtually ignores infrastructure.

May 18, 2016
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Transportation & Infrastructure

From 'Her' to 'Mr. Robot': Movies and TV Make Public Transit Hip

Riding the subway is a sign of a good life -- according to pop culture, anyway.

April 8, 2016
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Transportation & Infrastructure

When Height's Not Right for Urban Planning

We don't always have to build up to fit more people into a city. Vancouver and Seattle offer alternative solutions.

February 1, 2016
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Transportation & Infrastructure

An Old Idea for the New App-Based Economy

Companies like Uber drive money out of local communities and erase the benefits that employees fought hard for. Co-ops could fix that.

December 1, 2015
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Transportation & Infrastructure

Of Eyesores and Assets

The way a mid-sized city in Spain built a signature park holds many lessons.

October 1, 2015
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Transportation & Infrastructure

Why the Word ‘Infrastructure’ Replaced 'Public Works'

Not that long ago, we hardly ever used or even knew the term. What changed?

August 1, 2015
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Transportation & Infrastructure

When Are Planes, Trains and Automobiles Fast Enough?

We travel much quicker than we used to and are still pushing to increase the speed. But that’s not necessarily a good thing.

June 1, 2015
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Transportation & Infrastructure

How Airline Mergers and Deregulation Hurt Travel

It seems America has forgotten that air travel is supposed to serve the public.

April 1, 2015
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Transportation & Infrastructure

NYC’s Plan for Free, Citywide Wi-Fi

Private companies are paying the city $500 million to transform old pay phones into high-speed Internet hotspots. Is it a plan other cities can copy?

February 1, 2015
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Transportation & Infrastructure

The Real Root of Broken Infrastructure: Broken Governance

It’s time to rethink how we manage transit systems.

December 1, 2014
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Transportation & Infrastructure

The Economic Case for Free Bridges and Roads

It’s easy for officials to forget that the price of public goods should be kept low in order to increase use and promote economic growth.

October 1, 2014
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When Bob McDonnell Was Good

Years ago, the now-convicted politician seemed honest and straightforward.

September 8, 2014
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Transportation & Infrastructure

The Death or Life of a Sidewalk Ballet

Are Jane Jacobs’ lively streets disappearing for good?

August 1, 2014
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Transportation & Infrastructure

Faster Cars, Hotter Tech, Fewer Drivers

Should government facilitate Americans’ changing relationship with cars?

June 1, 2014
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Transportation & Infrastructure

For Infrastructure’s Sake, America Needs Skilled Workers

The United States lags behind other countries when it comes to sophisticated infrastructure in part because it lacks the workers to build or maintain it.

April 1, 2014
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Urban Notebook

Setting Zero as a Goal Can Be a Useful Policy Fantasy

Politicians sometimes promise to eliminate problems like smoking or traffic deaths, but what does that mean for policy?

March 20, 2014
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Infrastructure & Environment

Change Is Gonna Come

Big infrastructure projects shape our physical environments and even the very wealthiest can't stop those changes once asphalt or steel is poured.

February 24, 2014
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Transportation & Infrastructure

America’s Days of Dreaming Big Are Over

The United States once dreamed of building great things – like a library in every city – and made those dreams come true. But not anymore.

February 1, 2014
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Transportation & Infrastructure

Does Inequality Promote Skyscrapers?

It's not an accident that Chinak彩平台 and New York City, which have perhaps the greatest distance between their rich and poor, also lead the world in skyscraper construction.

December 1, 2013
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New York City’s New Mayor Walks a Fine Line

Bill de Blasio is New York's first populist mayor in several generations. But can he empower the city's residents while avoiding interest-group politics?

November 7, 2013
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Transportation & Infrastructure

States, Localities Are Failing to Seize Their Infrastructure Moment

It’s the best time in probably the last 75 years to overhaul and upgrade our infrastructure, but city halls and statehouses are letting the moment slip away.

May 31, 2013
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Transportation & Infrastructure

Who Should Control Broadband?

The question of who will install fiber-optic networks and who will control them is key because it could impact decades of economic growth. Telecom giants like AT&T think they should be the only player.

March 29, 2013
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Transportation & Infrastructure

Can Greater Government Involvement Solve America's Internet Access Problem?

Many foreign countries provide faster, cheaper and more widespread Internet access than the United States. In most of them, governments are much more involved with telecom policies and funding.

January 31, 2013
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Transportation & Infrastructure

Seoul's Transit System Serves as a Model for America

The South Korean capital shows what happens when transit is reorganized to serve the people.

November 30, 2012
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Transportation & Infrastructure

How Private k彩平台 Became Public

Things we take for granted today -- public police, roads and libraries -- were only achieved through long, hard political battles that lasted decades and sometimes centuries.

September 28, 2012
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Transportation & Infrastructure

Bikers, Walkers Need Cities to Protect Them

Without laws protecting pedestrians and bikers, the goal of having truly livable cities in America remains out of reach.

July 31, 2012
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Transportation & Infrastructure

America Must Invest in Bigger and Better Infrastructure Projects

Have we lost our capacity to think big? Asia and Western Europe are building a series of infrastructure mega-projects that dwarf our efforts.

May 31, 2012
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Transportation & Infrastructure

Encouraging Biking, Walking in Large U.S. Metro Areas

When k彩平台, work, school and shopping are in closer proximity, travel is easier. What can cities do to help get people out of their cars and onto their feet?

March 30, 2012
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Transportation & Infrastructure

Why Does Our Infrastructure Resemble a Third-World Country’s?

One explanation may be our budgeting process.

January 31, 2012
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Transportation & Infrastructure

A Lesson for Passenger Rail, From Roads

A look back at the building of millions of miles of roads shows why passenger rail needs a well-structured bureaucracy in order to succeed.

November 30, 2011
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Transportation & Infrastructure

Can Light Rail Unite Two Va. Cities?

Virginia Beach voted against the building of a light rail years ago. Now that it’s up and running in nearby Norfolk, Va., some think beach-dwellers may rethink their decision.

September 30, 2011
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Transportation & Infrastructure

Intercity Bus Travel Roars Back

Bus travel between major cities is popular, but operators need strict regulation to avoid a race to the bottom.

July 29, 2011
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Transportation & Infrastructure

Improving Ports to Keep Up with the Global Economy

With the expansion of the Panama Canal, states and cities are debating whether to spend money deepening channels and expanding facilities to handle new ships.

May 31, 2011
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Transportation & Infrastructure

What to Call the Gas Tax: Not Just Semantics

Calling the gas tax a 'user fee' is logically and factually wrong.

March 31, 2011
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Transportation & Infrastructure

Infrastructure Stoppage: Fiscal Prudence or Politics?

Infrastructure projects were once largely bipartisan, but such efforts have been tied up in partisan battles over the role of government.

February 1, 2011
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Transportation & Infrastructure

Bicycles' Popularity Grows in Cities

Bicycling has become fashionable. Urban and transportation policymakers take note.

December 1, 2010
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Infrastructure & Environment

Getting in Front of Communication and Transportation Investments

Government keeps adapting to how information and people travel.

October 1, 2010
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Transportation & Infrastructure

Installing City-Wide Fiber-Optic Networks

Don't wait to find out if Google will install broadband in your city.

June 1, 2010
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Infrastructure & Environment

Back Up On the Interstate

The national highway system is marking its Golden Anniversary, but that's not much cause for celebration.

July 1, 2007
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Transportation & Infrastructure

Survivor's Guide

It's federal, state and local governments--not individuals or even companies--that determine if a transportation idea sinks or swims.

June 1, 2005
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Finance

The Gas Tax's Last Gasp

With the high price of gasoline, drivers are pouring so many dollars into their tanks that Exxon-Mobil reported record profits in October of $10 billion. And that was for one quarter. Paradoxically, drivers were pouring relatively fewer dollars into other entities that depend on gasoline spending: the various state and federal transportation trust funds.

December 1, 2005
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