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Josh commented on Building Cities of Tomorrow with Ford

Ford, Dell Technologies, AT&T, and Microsoft need to use their massive influence to get the railroads to see the big picture , especially if Amazon decides to locate in the Strip District. Strengthening Oakland's connection to Silicon Strip/Robotics Row and Downtown will make the city more prosperous and help put more money in everyone's pockets, including the railroads.

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Josh commented on Building Cities of Tomorrow with Ford

"In Pittsburgh, one contributed idea is to build new affordable light rail over the old industrial rail infrastructure. " The problem with that as I have quickly learned - they're still using the old industrial rail infrastructure and sometimes there's a lot of bad blood between the rail companies and the city. For example: Railroad sues over Buncher plans for the Strip "Already facing questions from city council, a developer has run into another obstacle in its bid to redevelop 55 acres in the Strip District and demolish part of the historic produce terminal -- the Allegheny Valley Railroad Co. The railroad filed a lawsuit Monday in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court in an effort to block the Buncher Co. from moving ahead with the proposed residential and office development, claiming the plan violates a 1981 deed covenant involving the terminal building." http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2012/09/25/Railroad-sues-over-Buncher-plans-for-the-Strip/stories/201209250160

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Josh commented on Oakland Innovation District Connector

thanks so much - i'll be there