Cities Launch Open Mobility Foundation

CityLab reporter Laura Bliss offers a deep dive into the question of urban right-of-way management for new mobility, with input from Noah Siegel. Los Angeles and Portland are among the ten founding member cities in the newly created Open Mobility Foundation, which is intended to build on the Mobility Data Specification as a method for monitoring and regulating the use of public streets and sidewalks. The establishment of a “digital twin” real-time data model for urban mobility is specifically debated in this piece.

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Infrastructure, UrbanismNoah Siegel
Podcast: New Thinking on Economic Development Investments

There is a significant body of literature that establishes the link between infrastructure investment and economic growth. It is less clear how do this intentionally and communicate to the public what return-on-investment they may anticipate from new infrastructure. In reality, the professional paths of infrastructure planners and economic developers rarely intersect. Noah Siegel discusses his work with Portland’s Metro Regional Government and the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program to develop a new tool—the Economic Value Atlas—to change the way we think about infrastructure in our local economies.

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Autonomous Vehicles: Does federal preemption shut down the laboratories of democracy?

Congress is currently considering the AV START bill, which would be the first federal law to regulate automated vehicles (AVs). By most accounts, the bill has largely been crafted by industry leaders and looks to streamline and accelerate the introduction of AVs to American roads. There are many potential benefits to AV technology, but the bill includes an insidious clause that is sure to make everything worse: it preempts states and cities from providing any oversight, public information, or policy direction when AVs hit their streets.

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InfrastructureNoah Siegel
Cascadia World Cup

There are two sure ways to build new infrastructure: war and sports. Infrastructure is often looked at as an engineering or financing challenge, and it is both. More importantly, infrastructure is an exercise in mobilizing for a shared purpose. Building large shared facilities requires broad agreement on what the future will look like, and why it will pay off to upgrade the current system. After all, this generally involves significant amounts of public debt and subsidies that will paid off over generations.

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New C40 program to measure green growth

MSH founder, Noah Siegel, has worked closely for several years with C40 Cities, a network of the world’s leading cities leading cities looking to address climate change.

One initiative we are particularly excited about is an effort to create standard measures for green growth. Just like we look to GDP, housing starts, and the DOW for indications of the broader economy, we need a clear set of measures for transitioning to a post-carbon economy.

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