Government / Politics

Blog post
January 21, 2008, 3pm PST

Like many world cities, Vancouver has a growing discussion on the issue of "iconic" architecture, one that I've been a part of and encouraging. This despite the fact that, like many urbanists, the word iconic actually makes me nervous.  

Brent Toderian
January 21, 2008, 11am PST
<p>In response to a request for documentation about why the EPA recently rejected greenhouse gas regulations in California, the agency has handed over limited and censored documents and citing an executive privilege in doing so.</p>
Associated Press
January 21, 2008, 9am PST
<p>In this opinion by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters, she rejects the recommendation by a national transportation commission to increase the gas tax, instead preferring road tolls, congestion pricing, and other private sector investment.</p>
The Wall Street Journal
January 21, 2008, 8am PST
<p>Retired FEMA trailers originally sent to house the displaced after Hurricane Katrina have found new purpose in a government programs that distributes them for use by local municipalities.</p>
The Philadelphia Inquirer
January 21, 2008, 6am PST
<p>More than 200 acres of public land in Texas were transferred to the Department of Homeland security on the order of a federal judge. The department sought the land as part of its plan to build hundreds of miles of fences along the U.S.-Mexico border.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
January 21, 2008, 5am PST
With little else to do, teenagers in the rural Indiana town of San Pierre have found a new place to hang out: community meetings. But they're not just hanging out, they are actively participating in the planning and revitalization of their community.
Therese Schmidt
January 20, 2008, 1pm PST
<p>A community activist in Philadelphia is rallying support to pressure the city to consider a bike-sharing program similar to the Paris Velib system.</p>
The Philadelphia Inquirer
January 20, 2008, 7am PST
<p>In this article, author James Surowiecki discusses the idea that -- contrary to common assumption -- there is a lot of wisdom to be found in crowds.</p>
January 18, 2008, 9am PST
<p>Despite recent findings by consultants that a plan to extend the Washington D.C. metro rail system to Dulles International Airport would qualify for full funding, federal officials are hesitant to approve it, fearing another Big Dig.</p>
The Washington Post
January 18, 2008, 8am PST
<p>The government of Norway has announced plans to offset all of its carbon emissions by 2030, a goal it had previously set for 2050.</p>
Reuters via Environmental News Network
Blog post
January 17, 2008, 4pm PST

This evening my wife, Beth Conover, will appear on a televised panel discussion on "Immigration and Sustainability" aired on Rocky Mountain PBS's Colorado State of Mind, hosted by Greg Dobbs. The panel includes former Gov. Dick Lamm, former Post columnist Diane Carman, and State Rep. Michael Garcia (D-Aurora). An mp3 of the program is already available at the following link.

Ken Snyder
January 17, 2008, 1pm PST
<p>The long-awaited report by the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission has finally been released and it's sure to create a stir as it calls for annual increases in the gas tax of 5 to 8 cents for 5 years, and then some.</p>
The Kansas City Star
January 17, 2008, 9am PST
<p>British Columbia's Premier Gordon Campbell has announced $14 billion worth of public transit investment.</p>
The Globe and Mail
January 16, 2008, 2pm PST
<p>This op-ed looks at Naples, Italy, where protests over a garbage dump have halted collections and left rubbish piling in the city's streets. Though unpleasant,writes the author, the situation should not be surprising.</p>
The New York Times
January 16, 2008, 9am PST
<p>In an effort to standardize its procedures, the city of Seattle is considering a plan to give homeless people 48 hours of notice before they are forced to clear out encampments on city property.</p>
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 16, 2008, 7am PST
<p>The powerful northern California "megaregion" was revealed when it was awarded $840 million by the state Transportation Commission to the amazement and chagrin of southern California, which had been expecting to receive the majority of state funds.</p>
The Contra Costa Times
January 16, 2008, 5am PST
<p>There is growing evidence that the gravest peril for ocean species may be posed by “the other CO2 problem” — acidification of the world’s oceans as a consequence of the influx of carbon dioxide generated by human activities.</p> A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments
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