Grist Talks to Ray LaHood About 'Livable Communities'

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Defying all expectations, Ray LaHood, the former Republican Congressman appointed as head of the Department of Transportation, has emerged as a vocal advocate for high-speed rail and passionate advocate of bikes.

His most important—and for some, surprising—move, however, has been to promote "livable communities" that make walking and biking attractive options for American citizens.Grist writes:

When Ray LaHood was nominated by President Obama to be the Secretary of the Department of Transportation (DOT), it seemed like an afterthought. The selection of LaHood, a Republican Congressman from Illinois with a reputation for political pragmatism, was seen by many as a gesture at bipartisanship that indicated just how little the administration cared about possible innovations at the DOT...What a difference 20 months makes.

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