Todd Litman is the executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute.
The current U.S. healthcare reform proposal is often described as costing a trillion dollars. That will make it difficult to pass. However, the same program could legitimately be described as costing residents just cents per day (or, “less than a cup of coffee”), which would enhance its chance of success (a trillion dollars over ten years is $100 billion annually, about $320 annually per capita, or less than $1 per day, which can legitimately be called “cents per day”).
Monday, July 27, 2009 - 8:34am PDT
Planning issues are often considered to be conflicts between the interests of different groups, such as neighborhood residents versus developers, or motorist versus transit users. But planning concerns the future, so it often consists of a conflict between the interests of our current and future selves.
Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 4:36am PDT
OK Bob – I’ll Take Your Challenge
Last year, California, passed SB 375, which requires regional governments to develop smart growth-oriented land use and transportation plans aimed at reducing VMT.
Monday, June 15, 2009 - 12:29am PDT
Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) refers to communities with high quality public transit services, good walkability, and compact, mixed land use. This allows people to choose the best option for each trip: walking and cycling for local errands, convenient and comfortable public transit for travel along major urban corridors, and automobile travel to more dispersed destinations. People who live and work in such communities tend to own fewer vehicles, drive less, and rely more on alternative modes.
Sunday, June 7, 2009 - 5:14pm PDT
Automobile industry subsidies are an inefficient way to support economic development. Even worse, policies intended to support automobile manufacturers and recover loans can be economically harmful.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 1:43pm PDT
Politicians and planners be warned: you will now be judged according to your ability to improve walking, cycling and public transit services.
Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 3:33pm PDT
I would like to expand an ongoing debate between Reason Foundation policy expert Samuel Staley and me concerning land use policy impacts on affordability and economic stability to include two additional issues: household economic resilience and wealth accumulation.
Saturday, April 4, 2009 - 5:33pm PDT
In a recent blog I emphasized the value of using smart growth policies to increase household affordability and support regional economic development. In his blog, “Planning Foreclosures,” Samuel Staley reaches a very different conclusion.
Monday, March 23, 2009 - 12:26pm PDT
Is a $50,000 annual income wealth or poverty in North America? By historical or international standards such an income should be considered wealthy and luxurious, but most people I know consider it poverty because of the high cost of living.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 12:25pm PDT
Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 4:17pm PST