Government / Politics

December 13, 2007, 12pm PST
<p>Chicago city officials have proposed a ban that would forbid residents from keeping chickens.</p>
Associated Press
December 13, 2007, 5am PST
<p>According to Mayor C. Ray Nagin, Louisiana's recovery has reached the tipping point, setting 2008 up as the year New Orleans will truly come back.</p>
WWL AM 870
December 12, 2007, 8am PST
<p>The City of Houston has come to an agreement with Clear Channel Advertising for the company to remove about 800 billboards from the city -- the result of a citywide plan to clean up the city's "visual clutter" that started more than 20 years ago.</p>
The Houston Chronicle
December 12, 2007, 7am PST
<p>This article from <em>Reason</em> looks at a regulatory system in Alexandria, Virginia, that seeks to maintain the city's historic Old Town neighborhood. But is the regulation burdening local businesses owners to the point of hurting the economy?</p>
December 11, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>Thanks to a series of "lousy" public policy decisions, Ottawa - Canada's national capital - is growing increasingly dysfunctional, writes Jeffrey Simpson.</p>
The Globe & Mail
December 11, 2007, 7am PST
<p>County officials in New York are looking to award more than $87 million to small towns to increase their stock of affordable housing -- an effort aimed at luring and keeping young professionals. But opposition to this development type is a hurdle.</p>
The New York Times
December 10, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>The seven western states dependent on the Colorado River for their water are on the verge of coming to an agreement on a management plan to ensure a steady supply of water from the increasingly stressed source. But some say the plan won't do enough.</p>
The Arizona Republic
December 10, 2007, 11am PST
<p>With more and more land receiving federal protection as National Heritage Areas, property rights activists are butting heads with the preservationists they say are taking rights away from landowners.</p>
The Washington Post
December 10, 2007, 10am PST
<p>The city may consider a heavy rail subway system after overturning a light rail ballot initiative.</p>
The Kansas City Star
December 10, 2007, 9am PST
<p>Plans to demolish low income housing and remove FEMA trailers are putting the poor of New Orleans in a tight spot.</p>
December 10, 2007, 7am PST
<p>The City Journal examines lessons from Boston's 35-year, $14.8 billion Big Dig project and asks how can American invest in infrastructure -- and do it intelligently?</p>
City Journal
December 9, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>Urban planners and developers in the Western United States could learn a lot from Munich, Germany, argues one online commentator.</p>
Blog post
December 9, 2007, 12pm PST

It's often said that in America, urban development issues are decided at the local level. In general the rule of thumb is accurate, explaining a country home to cities as different in form as Houston, Texas and San Francisco, California. The notable exception to the rule is the country's interstate highway system, build with extensive involvement of the federal government. However, under closer inspection we can find a number of areas where federal funding and policies has a strong impact on urban development. A survey of what the leading presidential candidates are saying about urban policy suggests what priorities our next president may have.

Robert Goodspeed
December 7, 2007, 12pm PST
<p>Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels wants city employees to ride the bus to work, and he's proposing giving them free transit passes to make it easier for workers to make the switch.</p>
Seattle Post Intelligencer
December 7, 2007, 7am PST
<p>To stem the loss of farmland to development, the Chinese government is raising taxes on non-farmed arable land by 500%.</p>
China Daily
December 6, 2007, 12pm PST
<p>When developers made plans for a housing development on land an Israeli kibbutz had to sell off, planners said the required rezoning was out of the question. But five years later and still without planners' approval, the courts have allowed project.</p>
December 6, 2007, 11am PST
<p>Citing strained resources, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez has vetoed a number of development projects located outside of the County's ever-tenuous urban development boundary.</p>
The Miami Herald
December 6, 2007, 10am PST
<p>The Southern California city of Lawndale has passed tight restrictions that prohibit residents from paving their front yards with concrete -- an effort to reduce the amount of vehicles parked in front yards and fight what some call a "sea of gray."</p>
The Daily Breeze
December 6, 2007, 8am PST
<p>In California, the 2008 election year may result in victories for two contrasting interest: those who want to limit eminent domain powers and those seeking increased regulation of land use, writes William Fulton.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
December 5, 2007, 10am PST
<p>With the recent multi-million dollar settlement over a Connecticut town's abuse of eminent domain, the land acquisition practice is facing increasing scrutiny nationwide.</p>
The New York Times