Government / Politics

January 15, 2008, 5am PST
<p>New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine has plans to travel throughout his state to convince voters that adding tolls to the state's roads is a good idea.</p>
The New York Times
Blog post
January 14, 2008, 9pm PST

Sometime in the last year – when the smart people in North America weren't looking – bike-sharing turned into a billion-dollar industry. 

I may be exaggerating when I say “industry.”  But not “billion.” 

Gordon Price
January 14, 2008, 2pm PST
<p>Despite the signatures of hundreds of U.S. Mayors, the Climate Protection Agreement that says cities will take the lead on addressing climate change has resulted in little action, according to this article.</p>
Voice of San Diego
January 14, 2008, 1pm PST
<p>Rural farmers in China want legal ownership rights for the state-owned lands they farm.</p>
The Washington Post
January 14, 2008, 11am PST
<p>This op-ed form <em>The Christian Science Monitor</em> argues that a new president would most likely enact policies to encourage family planning throughout the country and across the globe.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
January 14, 2008, 10am PST
<p>With a patchwork of building regulations, development can be difficult in Houston. This op-ed argues that what the city needs to guide itself to a more organized development pattern is a highly-defined plan to improve the city's permeability.</p>
The Houston Chronicle
January 14, 2008, 6am PST
<p>Sierra Magazine asks Matt Stoller, Michael Bocian, David Orr and Newt Gingrich to square off on how climate change will figure in the 2008 Presidential election.</p>
January 14, 2008, 5am PST
There are many voices in the process of community planning. To create effective plans, planners need to welcome these many voices and their respective differences, not suppress them into consensus.
Lewis D. Hopkins, Marisa A. Zapata
January 12, 2008, 7am PST
<p>Citing staff inexperience, the head of Georgia's Department of Transportation has raised the idea of abandoning all of the state's toll road plans.</p>
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 11, 2008, 7am PST
<p>As part of a week-long series, Randal O'Toole and blogger Will Campbell discuss and debate bike commuting and what cities should or shouldn't do to encourage it.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
January 10, 2008, 12pm PST
<p>In this article from <em>Access</em>, authors David King, Michael Manville and Donald Shoup suggest that distributing the revenue created by road tolling and congestion pricing will make the controversial idea more politically viable.</p>
January 10, 2008, 10am PST
<p>With the $10 billion bond slated for the November ballot in California, the latest twist in the long saga of delays is that environmentalists, unhappy with the proposed route into the Bay Area from the Central Valley, threaten to litigate the EIR.</p>
East Bay Express
January 10, 2008, 8am PST
<p>Taxpayers in Forth Worth are paying millions per year to lease parking spaces to provide free parking downtown, enabled by a TIF that is supposed to build infrastructure in a blighted area. Many are calling it a misuse of taxpayer money.</p>
Fort Worth Weekly
January 10, 2008, 7am PST
<p>Citing the extraordinary impact of the subprime lending fiasco on minority households, the City of Baltimore is suing Wells Fargo for lost property tax revenue and the increased costs the city is now facing as a result of mass foreclosures.</p>
The New York Times
January 10, 2008, 5am PST
<p>With the 2008 Olympics heading to Beijing, Chinese officials are looking at ways to reduce pollution and improve air quality by the time the games begin. But locals are also starting to think about life after the games.</p>
The New York Times
January 9, 2008, 8am PST
<p>For the third time, the city of Baltimore is considering a zone change that would allow live-in drug centers to be located in residential areas. Residents are opposed, but the Department of Justice has threatened to sue unless changes are made.</p>
The Baltimore Sun
January 8, 2008, 1pm PST
<p>Owing to political fragmentation and 20 different mayors, the Canadian city of Montreal is becoming increasingly dysfunctional and must be simplified, writes Lysiane Gagnon.</p>
The Globe & Mail
January 8, 2008, 9am PST
<p>According to columnist Ken Miller, government agencies can learn a lot from the television show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition".</p>
January 8, 2008, 7am PST
<p><em>City Limits Weekly</em> presents a rundown of some of the biggest housing-related issues facing presidential candidates this year and looks at the policies and records of those vying to take over the country's top post.</p>
City Limits Weekly
January 8, 2008, 5am PST
<p>A land subdivision in Oregon approved under the state's Measure 37 is going forward, despite the fact that it should have been significantly scaled back after the passage of Measure 49 in November. Many view this case as a test of what 49 will allow.</p>
The Oregonian