Government / Politics

April 17, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Officials and residents in Snohomish County, Washington, are grappling over proposed changes to their comprehensive plan. A major point of contention is whether "fully contained communities" should be allowed.</p>
The Seattle Times
April 16, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Without a clear federal plan to counteract the swath of foreclosures sweeping across the country, state governments are finding ways to reduce the local impacts.</p>
The Washington Post
Blog post
April 16, 2008, 11am PDT
Can any North American city have a meaningful public discussion about sustainability, about its "green-ness" or ecological footprint, without having the challenging but necessary public discussion about the city's density? 

Many are still trying to. Many freely trumpet smart growth and sustainability without the tension and trouble that comes with discussing the "d-word" openly, and thus avoid the necessary heavy-lifting. Few politicians, and embarrassingly not enough city planners, are willing to tackle the density issue publicly, as it is still what Sustainable Urbanism author Douglas Farr calls the "3rd rail" of sustainable city building.

Brent Toderian
April 16, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>A HUD plan that allows municipalities to buy up foreclosed homes for just $1 is causing controversy in Wayne County, Michigan, where cities and counties are fighting over who is best suited to take over abandoned homes.</p>
The Detroit Free Press
Blog post
April 16, 2008, 8am PDT

I’ve been torn lately between two contradictory perspectives on the state of the country as it relates to providing transportation infrastructure and service.

Steven Polzin
April 16, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Mobile taco trucks in Los Angeles may face tougher fines for parking in any one place for too long if proposed restrictions are passed by the county.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
April 15, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>While experts now say that the lease term Indiana agreed to was too long, and the payment it received in return too small, so far all parties appear to be better off –- the road, the drivers, the toll takers, the Governor, and the state.</p>
The New York Times
April 15, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Cairo, Egypt is becoming increasingly noisy.</p>
The New York Times
April 15, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Officials in El Paso, Texas have been working with state and federal officials on a plan to bring rapid transit to the city within three years.</p>
El Paso Times
April 15, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>An Army Corps of Engineers flood control project in south-central Mississippi is in danger of being vetoed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But supporters have not given up hope.</p>
The New York Times
April 15, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>With Americans driving less for the first time ever, its time to create a new comprehensive plan for transportation in the United States.</p>
Detriot Free Press
April 14, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>California voters will soon vote on a $10 billion bond proposal that would fund a 220 mph bullet train running between L.A. and San Francisco.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
Feature
April 14, 2008, 5am PDT
Say you're a big city. But right next door is an even bigger big city. What do you do to stand out? Josh Stephens explores the unique plight of America's so-called stepsister cities.
Josh Stephens
April 13, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>One Philadelphia councilman wants his city to follow the lead of more pedestrian-friendly New York and ensure that construction projects don't interfere with sidewalks.</p>
The Philadelphia Inquirer
April 12, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Short on funding, Toronto's waterfront parks agency is considering a plan to sell the naming rights to the park's amenities, allowing corporate sponsors to add their name to such public features as walkways and play areas.</p>
The Canadian Press
April 12, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>With one of the world's higher rates of air pollution, Mexico City is cracking down on one type of emission: cigarette smoke. Smoking has been banned in all public places in the city, including office buildings and restaurants.</p>
Reuters
April 11, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>142 years after it was first proposed and with $235 million spent with nothing to show for it, the unrealized link between Sicily and the Italian mainland might be planning at its worst.</p>
The Wall Street Journal
April 11, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>London Mayor Ken Livingstone wants to increase the central city's congestion charge from $16 a day to $50. Drivers in the city are not too happy about it.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
April 11, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Sacramento Bee's political columnist Dan Walters discusses the California growth debate amidst the temporary development lull and questions whether the state is ready to embrace smart growth, despite recognizing that it reduces global warming.</p>
The Sacramento Bee
April 10, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>Upset about the effect of California State Bill 1818's override of local zoning restrictions, a Los Angeles resident has sued the city to overturn its density bonus ordinance. Others may soon follow.</p>
Los Angeles Daily News