Government / Politics

November 7, 2007, 11am PST
<p>Oregon voters yesterday approved Measure 49 -- a property rights initiative that scales back the development rights landowners were granted by the state's Measure 37 in 2004.</p>
The Oregonian
November 6, 2007, 9am PST
<p>Citing the need for more public input, rebuilding Boston's Storrow Drive tunnel is going to take longer than expected. Local residents and officials raise concerns about safety risks and rising costs.</p>
The Boston Globe
November 6, 2007, 8am PST
<p>As public officials in New York tout their own work to build affordable housing, housing advocates are filing lawsuits against them arguing that they have fallen way short of the amount of units their cities need.</p>
The New York Times
November 6, 2007, 6am PST
<p>Despite the sometimes difficult task of convincing residents of its importance, the protection of the environment must be the priority of cities. That was the message more than 100 American mayors heard and stressed at a recent meeting.</p>
The New York Times
November 6, 2007, 5am PST
<p><em>FrontPage Magazine</em> features this Q&amp;A with Cato Institute Senior Fellow Randal O'Toole about why government planning is bad for everybody.</p>
FrontPage Magazine
Blog post
November 4, 2007, 4pm PST

Last week I attended the Society of American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) conference in Portland, Maine. The conference attracted a variety of notable planners and historians to my hometown for sessions on everything from radical 1970s public participation exercises to best practices in waterfront planning.

At the conference, outgoing group president and historian Greg Hise gave a provocative lecture titled “Whither the Region, or Why Ought There to Be an ‘R’ in SACRPH?” In the talk he described how he believed there was a declining interest in the organization in studying regions, pointing out that the word was declining in use in the titles of papers presented at recent conferences.

Robert Goodspeed
November 3, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>London Mayor Ken Livingstone discusses how congestion pricing came about in 2003, and the key role the business community played. Unlike London or NYC, downtown San Francisco merchants fear that congestion pricing will only be bad for business.</p>
San Francisco Examiner
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