John Gallagher Detroit Free Press Published 7:30 AM EDT Aug 2, 2019 A few days ago my column suggested tunneling Jefferson Avenue below grade at Woodward Avenue to allow Detroit to create an uninterrupted walkway from the new Spirit Plaza outside city hall to Hart Plaza and the RiverWalk. Not everyone was pleased. Motorists thought the idea nuts, condemning any move to further restrict traffic flow downtown. And others pointed out the obvious challenges of burying a major street below grade where sewer lines and other utilities run. Yes, it's a very expensive proposition indeed. Many readers suggested that a simple pedestrian bridge over Jefferson at Woodward would accomplish the same thing with less cost and less disruption. Pedestrian bridges are everywhere, usually designed in a simple utilitarian form to get people from one end to the other over a highway. But a pedestrian bridge at Jefferson and Woodward would call for something more special. Look no … [Read more...] about Tunnel Jefferson underground — or build pedestrian walkway?
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By Patricia Cohen Published 5:06 pm PDT, Friday, June 7, 2019 Above: Tom Adair (right) attends a weekly meeting of job seekers over 50 at a church in Madison, Ala. Even as employers complain about a shortage of workers, tens of thousands of Americans say they are repeatedly turned away because of age bias. Adair, 71 recounts acing phone interviews only to be turned down after in-person meetings. Left: Adair takes notes at a meeting. less Above: Tom Adair (right) attends a weekly meeting of job seekers over 50 at a church in Madison, Ala. Even as employers complain about a shortage of workers, tens of thousands of Americans say they are ... more Photo: Photos By Andrea Morales / New York Times Photo: Photos By Andrea Morales / New York Times Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of … [Read more...] about New evidence of age bias in hiring, and a push to fight it
ATLANTA (AP) — Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer in the eighth, Atlanta's fourth home run of the game, and the Braves' bullpen survived a ninth-inning scare for an 8-7 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.Right-hander Seunghwan Oh (1-1) flung his glove into the air in frustration as he stood on the mound and watched Donaldson's homer land in the first row of the right-field seats. Oh gave up singles to Tyler Flowers and Ozzie Albies, who hit two homers, before Donaldson's blast.Oh gave up three runs on four hits while recording two outs.Braves closer A.J. Minter gave up singles to Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story to open the ninth. Minter, who was charged with a blown save and loss while giving up four runs in Saturday night's 9-5 loss, was pulled after Daniel Murphy's fly ball to center field for the first out.Right-hander Luke Jackson earned his first save when Nolan Arenado hit a fly ball to shallow left field, caught by a charging Johan Camargo, and David Dahl … [Read more...] about Donaldson hits 3-run HR in 8th as Braves rally past Rockies
With key federal funding nowhere in sight for a new $13 billion rail tunnel between New York and New Jersey, project organizers said Tuesday they are taking a hard look at whether to shift focus to performing major electrical repairs to the 108-year-old tube. It’s an approach similar to the one taken by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo with New York City’s L subway line connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan, which had been scheduled for a lengthy shutdown this year. In January, the Democrat announced a plan to keep the line open by changing the nature of the repairs to the Canarsie Tunnel, which runs under the East River. The Hudson River tunnel, through which more than 400 trains operated by Amtrak or New Jersey’s commuter rail service pass each day, is at the center of a bitter dispute between the two states and the federal government over how it is to be paid for. Recently, the Federal Transit Administration gave the tunnel project and an associated rail bridge project in … [Read more...] about Repairs to NYC rail tunnel considered amid funding doubts
NEW YORK — Long ringed by some of the most expensive toll roads in the U.S., New York City is poised to take things even further with a plan to use automated license plate readers to charge drivers who motor into the most congested parts of Manhattan during times when crosstown traffic is at its worst. If the plan becomes official as part of a state budget deal being hammered out this weekend, New York would be the first U.S. city to join the ranks of London, Stockholm, Milan and Singapore with such a system, forcing drivers to decide if the high price makes public transportation a better option or if the trip is worth it at all. Revenue from the tolls would go toward fixing the metropolitan area's increasingly unreliable public transportation system. A proposal released last year by an advisory panel put together by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the tolls could raise about $1 billion a year. The congestion toll zone would be big, covering an area that is home to more than … [Read more...] about New York City may try tolling its way out of traffic mess