Government / Politics

While U.S. motorists are enjoying the cheapest gas prices in five years, domestic oil producers are suffering, though not as badly as oil-exporting nations like Iran, Russia, and Venezuela. How are Texas, Louisiana, North Dakota, and Alaska faring?
3 hours ago   The New York Times
Developing countries have begun importing Western-style pro-sprawl urban planning policies, often to their detriment. Kuala Lumpur and cities across the communist world are examined.
Sep 7, 2010   Market Urbanism
The recent controversies surrounding the building of mosques in cities across America have their resolution in one simple acronym: RLUIPA.
Sep 6, 2010   The New York Times
Mary Newsom questions the current and diminishing lack of public worth in the United States today. " Americans have stopped believing that value is something everyone deserves," she writes.
Sep 6, 2010   Charlotte Observer
The increase in outdoor music festivals, guerrilla gardening, temporary restaurants, cinemas and pop-up shops are all examples of "a growing appetite for transforming our apparently prosaic, profit-led landscape into something else."
Sep 4, 2010   The Guardian
Joshua Hammer describes his visit to the financially straitened emirate where he found "deserted highways, empty hotel rooms, miles of unsold residential and office space."
Sep 3, 2010   The New York Review of Books
Rick Cole, City Manager of Ventura, California, says the recent scandal over inflated city staff salaries in Bell could have been easily avoided with a few simple precautions.
Sep 2, 2010   Citiwire.net
Governor David Paterson signed The Smart Growth Public Policy Infrastructure Policy Act on Monday, which directs the state to invest in infrastructure in dense communities rather than sprawling ones.
Sep 1, 2010   New Urban Network
Representative Earl Blumenauer talks about the recent defeat of livability programs in the Transportation Appropriations Bill.
Sep 1, 2010   The Planning Report
A proposal in L.A. to use recently approved funding to push 30 years of transportation projects into the next decade has elicited a protest from the city's Bus Riders Union.
Sep 1, 2010   Streetsblog L.A.
Legislation working its way through the Honolulu City Council could require construction companies doing work in the Hawaiian city to recycle or reuse as much as 60% of construction materials.
Aug 31, 2010   Pacific Business News