Government / Politics

November 2, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>With nearly $10 billion in bonds going up for a vote in 2008 to fund high speed rail in California, residents should consider the history of public works projects that have greatly exceeded their initial low cost estimates, writes Adam B. Summers.</p>
Reason
November 2, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>Consultants are advocating for the use of the "SmartCode" to help Hamden, Connecticut, bolster economic development and improve its urban form.</p>
New Haven Register
November 2, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>Opposition to a plan to increase fees on a Virginia tollroad may result in a pullout by private interests, leaving the state with the burden of paying for its transportation infrastructure -- a task that may be impossible, according to this article.</p>
Reason
November 2, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>This editorial calls on the city of San Jose, California, to bend recently-passed planning process rules to keep hopes alive for a mixed-use soccer stadium project.</p>
San Jose Mercury News
November 1, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>The American embassy under construction in Baghdad will be the largest, most heavily fortified and most expensive such facility in the world. And probably the most unnecessary, writes William Langewiesche.</p>
Vanity Fair
November 1, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>Experts say smarter land-use planning is needed as risk from wildfires and droughts caused by global warming increases.</p>
The Washington Post Writers Group
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