Government / Politics

January 10, 2008, 7am PST
<p>Citing the extraordinary impact of the subprime lending fiasco on minority households, the City of Baltimore is suing Wells Fargo for lost property tax revenue and the increased costs the city is now facing as a result of mass foreclosures.</p>
The New York Times
January 10, 2008, 5am PST
<p>With the 2008 Olympics heading to Beijing, Chinese officials are looking at ways to reduce pollution and improve air quality by the time the games begin. But locals are also starting to think about life after the games.</p>
The New York Times
January 9, 2008, 8am PST
<p>For the third time, the city of Baltimore is considering a zone change that would allow live-in drug centers to be located in residential areas. Residents are opposed, but the Department of Justice has threatened to sue unless changes are made.</p>
The Baltimore Sun
January 8, 2008, 1pm PST
<p>Owing to political fragmentation and 20 different mayors, the Canadian city of Montreal is becoming increasingly dysfunctional and must be simplified, writes Lysiane Gagnon.</p>
The Globe & Mail
January 8, 2008, 9am PST
<p>According to columnist Ken Miller, government agencies can learn a lot from the television show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition".</p>
January 8, 2008, 7am PST
<p><em>City Limits Weekly</em> presents a rundown of some of the biggest housing-related issues facing presidential candidates this year and looks at the policies and records of those vying to take over the country's top post.</p>
City Limits Weekly
January 8, 2008, 5am PST
<p>A land subdivision in Oregon approved under the state's Measure 37 is going forward, despite the fact that it should have been significantly scaled back after the passage of Measure 49 in November. Many view this case as a test of what 49 will allow.</p>
The Oregonian
January 7, 2008, 2pm PST
<p><em>The Guardian</em> has released a list of the "50 people who could save the planet," including some urban innovators who are changing the way the world thinks about cities.</p>
The Guardian
January 7, 2008, 1pm PST
<p>Johnson County's rural residents fear the expansion of nearby Overland Park is a land grab that will perpetuate suburban sprawl, thereby diminishing their quality of life.</p>
The Kansas City Star
January 7, 2008, 12pm PST
<p>In this column, Neal Peirce argues that the country needs to take a step back in time to the regulations and policies of the early 1970s to solve the current mortgage meltdown.</p>
The Denver Post
January 7, 2008, 6am PST
<p>The city of Milan, Italy, has instituted a congestion pricing system.</p>
January 6, 2008, 1pm PST
<p>The tornado-ravaged Kansas city of Greensburg has announced plans to become the first city to require that all city-owned buildings achieve the Platinum rating level of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED building standard.</p>
U.S. Green Building Council
January 6, 2008, 9am PST
<p>L.A.'s regional transit system needs a spine, and the "Subway to the Sea" from downtown to the westside could be that spine. But to make it happen, the city needs to think about a public-private partnership, according to this commentary.</p>
The Daily News
January 5, 2008, 5am PST
<p>San Francisco is in flux - more than just the sky-line is changing. Middle-class families, blacks, even Latinos may be in flight while whites and Asians are on the rise, and the young and old rich fill the new high-rises.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
January 4, 2008, 11am PST
<p>New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine is pushing a bill that would offer tax credits of up to $75 million to businesses that locate within a half-mile of a transit station.</p>
The Star-Ledger
January 4, 2008, 8am PST
<p>In this video clip, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown discusses how presidential politics are unduly influenced by rural power, at the expense of the interests of cities.</p>
January 4, 2008, 7am PST
<p>Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters examines both state and Census Bureau growth figures for California, concluding that the significant difference is less important than what the huge growth means for the future of the nation's most populous state.</p>
The Sacramento Bee
January 3, 2008, 12pm PST
<p>The expansive Beltline transit and parkspace development planned for Atlanta is being hindered by one man's lawsuits over the legality of the funding used to build it.</p>
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 3, 2008, 11am PST
<p>Numerous foreclosures and vacant properties mean dramatically reduced property and sales tax revenues and hence significant budgeting shortfalls.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
January 3, 2008, 8am PST
<p>Portland wants to expand its streetcar system, and is relying on federal funds to do it. But the Federal Transit Administration says it will give grants to only cost-effective proposals -- creating a heavy bias toward buses and away from streetcars.</p>
The Oregonian