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Articles by Diana Lind

Diana Lind is a Van Alen Institute fellow and editor at large for Next American City magazine and a consultant to the Geneva-based New Cities Foundation. The author of Brooklyn Modern: Architecture, Interiors & Design, she is currently working on a new book about the difficulty of implementing transformative policy in American cities. Diana studied at Cornell University (B.A.) and Columbia University (M.F.A.), and has lectured or taught at Columbia University, Drexel University, Rutgers University-Camden and the University of Windsor. Her writing has recently appeared in The New York Times, Architectural Record, PAPER, and Urban Omnibus, among other venues.

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What if we recruited artists and designers to help sell the American public on the idea of high-speed rail?Illustration: Chris MurphyEarlier this week, the federal Department of Transportation announced $2 billion in new awards for 22 intercity rail projects that will improve the speed, aesthetics, and range of our existing rail system, while also studying the potential for high-speed rail in unexpected places like Texas. After a year in which Tea Party governors of Florida, Ohio, and Wisconsin refused federal assistance and canceled high-speed rail construction, this is a shot in the arm for rail advocates. But there is much more work to be done in convincing the public of high-speed rail’s importance, and advocates need to look beyond Washington for help in getting high-speed rail on track. Transportation and infrastructure advocates should partner with an unlikely but historically beneficial ally: the art and design community.

During the Depression, FDR’s administration smartly commissioned photographers to document the country’s poverty as well as government-funded infrastructure projects, such as the building of airports, bridges, and highways. Whil... Read more