Government / Politics

July 11, 2016, 6am PDT
The 13 suburban cities of Fulton County agreed to a roads-only, .75-cent sales tax measure that needs to be approved by the county, while Atlanta voters will decide on a MARTA-only .50-cent sales tax. MARTA serves eight of the cities.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 8, 2016, 1pm PDT
Miss the Congress for the New Urbanism in Detroit? Hazel Borys shares some highlights, with help from Twitter urbanists.
PlaceShakers
July 7, 2016, 7am PDT
The policy tools used to address our nation's housing shortfall often seem to worsen the problem. But this is because they ignore the underlying infrastructure and financing to support growth.
Shelterforce/Rooflines
Blog post
July 7, 2016, 5am PDT
Tesla has just disclosed the first fatal crash of a driver using its "Autopilot" system. Tesla should be concerned about the question of who's liable, and we should all be concerned about the wider consequences of this tragic event.
Scott Le Vine
July 6, 2016, 1pm PDT
A California initiative has been likened to the landmark Proposition 13 for how it would affect the budget and major projects proposed in California, including the $64 billion high-speed rail project and $17 billion Delta water tunnels.
San Jose Mercury News
July 6, 2016, 7am PDT
Los Angeles Metro's new Chief of Planning Therese McMillan joins the agency at a pivotal moment, as county voters will decide in November whether to approve a new, evergreen sales tax to fund future Metro public transportation expansion.
The Planning Report
July 5, 2016, 12pm PDT
A bill to replenish the state transportation trust fund by increasing the gas tax 23 cents per gallon stalled in the Senate because it would also cut $2 billion annually to the state's general fund.
Planetizen
July 5, 2016, 6am PDT
San Antonio provides a case study of the difficult politics of funding affordable housing measures.
San Antonio Express News
July 4, 2016, 11am PDT
An intrepid student has created a simple chatbot program that helps people get out of parking tickets.
Ars Technica
July 3, 2016, 5am PDT
Connecticut state legislators may not like vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) fees, but that hasn't stopped the state Department of Transportation from joining other states in applying for $2.1 million from the U.S. DOT to study the road user fee.
The Hartford Courant
July 2, 2016, 1pm PDT
This might be a cautionary tale for some other transit agencies out there.
The Gazette
July 1, 2016, 2pm PDT
Parks and other public open spaces continue to be squeezed out by private development and attempts to limit political dissent throughout cities in Arab countries.
The Economist
July 1, 2016, 12pm PDT
Five U.S. cities will examine how their government operations impact people of color, and come up with solutions to advance racial equity.
Living Cities
July 1, 2016, 9am PDT
Over half of Europe’s financial technology "unicorns" are in the London area. The decision to quit the EU is already threatening the ecosystem that allows London to trade within the EU, as well as its status as hub for fintech jobs and technology
Cities of the Future
June 30, 2016, 7am PDT
New Jersey's 14.5-cent state gas tax, second lowest after Alaska's, may increase 23 cents thanks to a deal worked out between Assembly Democratic and Republican leaders and Gov. Chris Christie that reduces the sales tax. It now goes to the Senate.
NJ.com
June 30, 2016, 5am PDT
On July 1, two states will increase gas taxes, one will decrease its tax, and two will be adjusted downwards per state legislation, according to Carl Davis, research director at the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP).
Tax Justice Blog
June 29, 2016, 11am PDT
It's been less than a year since Volkswagen got caught installing software on cars to cheat emissions testing. Today the company settled out of court—paying the bulk of a $16 billion settlement to vehicle owners.
KPCC
June 27, 2016, 12pm PDT
A pair of legislative proposals in the Pennsylvania State Legislature would open the door to private development in the state park system.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 27, 2016, 11am PDT
This time, the scene of the anti-development ire is Santa Monica, where local advocates have qualified for the November ballot on initiative requiring a vote for any project building beyond the zoning code.
Santa Monica Next
June 26, 2016, 11am PDT
Last week the Los Angeles City Council and Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved housing initiatives. "Build Better LA" requires large developments to have affordable units. Silicon Valley voters will vote on a $950 million housing bond.
Planetizen