Government / Politics

December 2, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>As Massachusetts warms to the idea of casino gambling, Donald Trump is scouring the state for prime development opportunities.</p>
The Boston Globe
December 2, 2007, 11am PST
<p>In response to sharply rising real estate prices around Mumbai, the Maharashtra state government has eased restrictions on land ownership and development, creating more supply to meet the growing demand.</p>
November 30, 2007, 8am PST
<p>Desperate to find ways to relieve traffic congestion, local planners are getting creative with transportation plans and potential sources of revenue.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
November 30, 2007, 5am PST
<p>President Hugo Chávez is guiding government plans to create several brand new cities to serve as models of social and environmental harmony.</p>
The Washington Post
Blog post
November 29, 2007, 12pm PST

When I opened my email this morning I was delighted to see that the City of Flagstaff unanimously approved a SmartCode based TND ordinance. The ordinance, created to make a recent Dover Kohl designed project called Juniper Point legal, allows a more compact, pedstrian friendly urban pattern to be established within the City. This is a crucial step in providing alternatives to business as usual sprawl development. Fortunately, more and more cities - From Jamestown, Rhode Island to Miami, Florida, to Montgomery, Alabama - are making smart growth a legal and easy choice.

Mike Lydon
November 28, 2007, 2pm PST
<p>The state has launched a revamped home buyer assistance program that provide grants to employees who buy a home within 10 miles from their work.</p>
The Baltimore Sun
November 28, 2007, 10am PST
<p>A non-profit group is trying to convince Nashville-area cities and counties to engage in regional planning and cooperation to halt the region's fast-expanding sprawl.</p>
The Tennessean
November 27, 2007, 12pm PST
<p>Planners and politicians are calling for a revival of Oregon's "Big Look" -- a broad effort to refresh the state's urban growth and land use planning policies.</p>
Associated Press via Statesman Journal
November 26, 2007, 12pm PST
<p>Congestion issues are high on many lists of urgent urban issues. Politicians and governments are now easing up to the formerly-avoided expense of improving highways and roads.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
November 25, 2007, 7am PST
<p>A landowner who insisted on selling his property to a local municipality at the market rate had his land seized through eminent domain. Many are calling for a condemnation of the city's action.</p>
The Denver Post
November 24, 2007, 7am PST
<p>Border walls along the U.S.-Mexico are being called out by environmentalists for creating negative impacts on the area's environment and local ecology.</p>
The New York Times
November 23, 2007, 11am PST
<p>Governor Jon Corzine finally explained that a key strategy to reduce New Jersey's staggering $32 billion debt will be to substantially increase tolls on the 3 major state toll roads, using the revenue to form a public corporation to issue bonds.</p>
The New York Times
November 23, 2007, 7am PST
<p>Detroit city officials have approved a plan to recycle the city's waste sludge into fertilizer.</p>
The Detroit Free Press
November 22, 2007, 7am PST
<p>In 2008, Maryland voters will consider a plan to allow slot gambling machines in the state. But local zoning regulations could trump the state law, giving communities control over whether the machines are allowed or not.</p>
The Baltimore Sun
November 20, 2007, 2pm PST
<p>Seeking a way to fund the state's many transit and transportation projects, officials in Washington are considering a plan that would put a highway tolling bill in front of the state legislature early next year -- a bill many believe would pass.</p>
November 20, 2007, 10am PST
<p>The first (of four) phases of the infamous Second Ave. subway is ready to begin construction thanks to the approval of $1.3 billion in federal financing, enabling the long-delayed line to be built from 92nd to 63rd streets in Manhattan.</p>
The New York Times
November 20, 2007, 6am PST
<p>A measure that would have increased funding for Milwaukee-area commuter transit was recently voted down, fueling a push for neighboring cities to break away and form their own transit agencies.</p>
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
November 20, 2007, 5am PST
<p>The Transit Riders' Union of Edmonton has challenged city councilors in Edmonton, Alberta to give up their private vehicles. Four councilors will rely exclusively on public transit for the next week.</p>
CBC News
Blog post
November 18, 2007, 7pm PST

Last year California was one of the states targeted by libertarians in the post-Kelo environment for an initiative that, if successful, would essentially outlaw takings. The country is still at near-fever pitch about eminent domain, but the really scary aspect of the legislation (modeled on Oregon's Prop 37) was that it would have virtually tied local governments' hands with regard to regulatory takings as well. In California Proposition 90 failed to pass after the New York developer who was financing the campaign stopped funding it. However, the Yes campaign had created some strange bedfellows, with poor African-Americans in particular advocating Yes votes as a way to end the destruction of their neighborhoods through badly managed redevelopment initiatives.

Lisa Feldstein
November 16, 2007, 11am PST
<p>While Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has received fame for making global warming a priority, he has studiously avoided the land use connection. Not so for California's attorney general, who is tackling the issue head on, even warning of litigation.</p>
The Oakland Tribune