Government / Politics

October 31, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>Bogotá, Colombia has made significant efforts to integrate bicycling facilities into its TransMilenio Bus Rapid Transit system. The New York City Streets Renaissance team was there to learn more and take a look.</p>
Streetsblog
October 31, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>The Canadian government has recently announced a plan to improve spending on transit, but with a shortfall of more than $60 billion, many are calling on the government to focus on other less "sexy" infrastructure projects.</p>
The Vancouver Sun
October 31, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>Already lagging behind Mississippi, Louisiana has finally approved the construction of 75 "Louisiana Cottages" (AKA Katrina Cottages) as an alternative to FEMA's temporary trailers, long thought to be a sub-standard and undignified form of housing.</p>
New Orleans Times-Picayune
October 30, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>In a clear message to L.A.’s transportation leaders, a U.S. Department of Transportation representative told the city's transit agency to consider congestion pricing as a method to both reduce congestion and show ‘the true costs’ of freeway driving.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
October 29, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>With two major fires in four years, San Diego County officials are trying to evaluate their options. Though many acknowledge that the battle against forest fires is a losing one, there are no proposals to restrict home building in fire prone areas.</p>
The New York Times
October 28, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>A new survey from Smart Growth America notes that three-fourths of Americans think improving public transportation is a better long term solution than building roads.</p>
Smart Growth America
October 28, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>In an effort to curb its energy use, the city of Berkeley, California, is considering a plan that would subsidize the installation of solar panels on homes in the city.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
October 27, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>Government programs that subsidize energy-efficiency improvements in houses are being reconsidered as some claim the effort isn't worth the benefit.</p>
The Globe and Mail
October 27, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>The California Transportation Commission allocated $15.5 million to the state's High-Speed Rail Authority for environmental, engineering and design work on short, designated corridors for the 700-mile, $40 billion rail system.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
October 27, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>A recent 540-page report from the United Nations outlines the mega-problem of climate change, warning that failure to act may cause irreversible damage.</p>
The Windsor Star
October 24, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>An urban renaissance is underway in many American cities, one fueled by the "common sense" of focusing on fundamentals. Canadian cities are looking south to pick up some good ideas.</p>
The Globe & Mail
October 24, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>Urban renewal projects intended to help the poor in struggling neighborhoods really do the opposite, writes Timothy B. Lee.</p>
The American
October 23, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>More and more states are looking to private investors to own and operate their roads and bridges as tollways, but some wonder if the government should really take such a hands-off approach.</p>
Time
October 23, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>To supplement recently announced plans to install directional decals on the sidewalks outside of subways, <em>The New York Times</em> offers three ideas for improving mobility in the city.</p>
The New York Times
October 22, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>A home builder points to the "no-growth, anti-housing environmental alliance" that restricts greenfield development as the primary reason the Bay Area is unable to house its growing population.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
October 22, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>Metropolitan Atlanta could feasibly survive on its own if it were to secede from the state of Georgia, writes Otis White. But as he explains, Atlanta would be much better off as part of the state than as its own, if only there were more cooperation.</p>
Creative Loafing
October 22, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>Despite running a deficit, Cincinnati officials are strongly considering the construction of a streetcar system to spur economic development.</p>
The Cincinnati Post
October 20, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>A local columnist touts Sacramento, California, as an up and coming star in the green city movement.</p>
Sacramento News Review
October 19, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>Residents say the state's smart growth policies have done little to reign in sprawl, though questions remain about what action to take.</p>
The Baltimore Sun
October 19, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>Two years after a prior proposal failed to pass, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has once again challenged the city's developers to help solve L.A.'s affordable housing crisis by including lower-cost units in new projects.</p>
The Los Angeles Times