Government / Politics

A new report, "Subsidizing Traffic Congestion: The Multibillion-Dollar Tax Subsidy That’s Making Your Commute Worse," was released earlier this week by TransitCenter and Frontier Group.
2 days ago   Streetsblog USA
An interesting post appeared on the Public Servant Blog a few days ago. The list includes Amsterdam, Eugene, Oregon; Ponce Center City, Puerto Rico; and the city of Philadelphia among others.
Aug 16, 2010   Public Servant Blog
This op-ed from <em>The New York Times</em> looks at the economics of free parking, and argues that many of those spaces should have a price tag.
Aug 16, 2010   The New York Times
Beth Novick, author of <em>Wiki Government</em>, says that today's technology invites us to "rethink not only our democratic institutions, but our democratic theory."
Aug 15, 2010   WorldChanging
Seattle has a long list of transportation projects on the drawing boards, but little money to bring them into reality. So local officials are considering a plan to create transportation taxing districts to help fund the projects.
Aug 14, 2010   The Seattle Times
Officials are planning to install a second major separated bike lane in downtown Vancouver. Local business owners are trying to stop them.
Aug 13, 2010   The Vancouver Sun
Despite a growing population and limited amounts of rainfall, the city of El Paso, Texas, has been able to effectively manage its water supplies -- and reduce use.
Aug 13, 2010   Grist
Designing cities for all age groups means designing places where everyone from kids to seniors can feel safe walking, according to this column. Groups in Toronto are calling on mayoral candidates to get behind that idea.
Aug 13, 2010   The Toronto Star
Urban Omnibus talks with Jennifer Pahlka of Code for America, a group looking to get the youth involved in developing computer programs and applications that help improve urban areas.
Aug 12, 2010   Urban Omnibus
San Mateo County, hotbed of opposition to high speed rail, including numerous lawsuits, might be better served by following the 1960s Berkeley example in passing a bond to tunnel the train through the impacted cities, suggests local editor.
Aug 12, 2010   San Mateo Daily Journal
Delayed from implementation for four years, San Francisco's bicycle plan has been legally ruled into action. The first lanes are being painted.
Aug 12, 2010   San Francisco Chronicle