Government / Politics

January 3, 2008, 12pm PST
<p>The expansive Beltline transit and parkspace development planned for Atlanta is being hindered by one man's lawsuits over the legality of the funding used to build it.</p>
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 3, 2008, 11am PST
<p>Numerous foreclosures and vacant properties mean dramatically reduced property and sales tax revenues and hence significant budgeting shortfalls.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
January 3, 2008, 8am PST
<p>Portland wants to expand its streetcar system, and is relying on federal funds to do it. But the Federal Transit Administration says it will give grants to only cost-effective proposals -- creating a heavy bias toward buses and away from streetcars.</p>
The Oregonian
January 3, 2008, 6am PST
<p>This article from <em>Progressive Planning</em> calls on planners to more closely consider the way anti-terrorism planning affects the general practice of urban planning.</p>
Progressive Planning
January 1, 2008, 5am PST
<p>Israel has announced plans to require green building standards on new constructions, but some say the requirements don't go far enough.</p>
Haaretz
December 31, 2007, 2pm PST
<p>Beginning tomorrow, smoking will be banned in all public restaurants, bars and cafes in Paris, a city where smoking is as much a part of the culture as an addiction.</p>
International Herald Tribune
December 29, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>California Attorney General (and former governor) Jerry Brown may be to global warming what former NY Attorney General (now Governor) Elliot Spitzer was to corporate reform, as his widely watched lawsuits, and threats of lawsuits, have gained fame.</p>
ASSOCIATED PRESS via San Diego Union-Tribune
December 29, 2007, 7am PST
<p>This report from <em>NPR</em> looks at plans in Paris that could lift building height restrictions and dramatically alter the city's skyline.</p>
NPR
December 28, 2007, 10am PST
<p>In New York, eminent domain is not necessarily the direct work of the government, and often the threat of eminent domain is enough to clear the way for development. This editorial explains how.</p>
The New York Sun
December 27, 2007, 7am PST
<p>California's population is not only immense, it's incredibly diverse. Building the infrastructure to serve the state's current residents has proven a difficult task -- one that won't get any easier.</p>
The Planning Report
December 27, 2007, 5am PST
<p>Discontent with one particular type of public levy, the local property tax, is gaining momentum across the country. Disgruntled homeowners are demanding that governors and mayors find alternative methods to raise revenue.</p>
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
December 26, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D) argues that the war in Iraq is diverting billions of dollars that are badly needed to shore up America's crumbling infrastructure.</p>
Albany Times-Union
December 25, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>Federal officials backed away from a plan to use congestion pricing to manage commercial air traffic in the New York region.</p>
The Houston Chronicle
December 25, 2007, 7am PST
<p>Competing ancient claims to land, religious fervor and the construction of a massive "security" wall make Bethlehem the most contested city on Earth.</p>
National Geographic
December 23, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>Poor planning has put Atlanta in the drought-stricken position it's in now, and there are few signs that anything is changing on that front, according to this editorial from the <em>Atlanta Journal-Constitution</em>.</p>
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 23, 2007, 9am PST
<p>"Regional Housing Needs Allocations" are generally dreaded by California cities who resist state mandates to provide affordable housing. Rather than being assigned the requirement by the regional COG, San Mateo's 20 cities chose to do it themselves.</p>
Redwood City Daily News
December 23, 2007, 7am PST
<p>Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson condemns the Bush Administration's disregard for America's cities in this video.</p>
AlterNet
December 22, 2007, 7am PST
<p>Developers who submitted a plan for a retail development and then added a big box store to the plan after it had been approved have sued the city of Blacksburg, Virginia, for instituting new planning rules that requires extra governmental approval.</p>
The Roanoke Times
December 21, 2007, 11am PST
<p>County officials are moving forward with four mega-projects designed to improve downtown Miami. Critics wonder if they will really benefit the taxpayer.</p>
The Miami Herald
December 21, 2007, 6am PST
<p>A 1944 international treaty that requires the transfer of millions of gallons of water from Mexico to the U.S. from the Rio Grande is being challenged by Mexican farmers who are routinely deprived of water every five years when the transfer occurs.</p>
Planet Ark