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Questions of how to regulate the sale of alcohol, how to enforce public intoxication, and whether or not alcohol leads to crime can quickly divide communities into factions. So what evidence exists to help cities answer these questions?
6 hours ago   The Dallas Morning News
Officials in Los Angeles are trying to streamline the process of getting projects permitted and approved -- an effort that could rapidly increase the amount of time it takes to develop in the city.
Nov 23, 2010   LA Downtown News
New York City's Health Commissioner has urban design in his sights as he seeks to improve public health in the city.
Nov 23, 2010   Transportation Nation
In California, passage of Proposition 26 has raised the question of whether fees used for public services will be jeopardized at the local level. Some argue most fees will be unaffected, but others could take a hit.
Nov 23, 2010   The Sacramento Bee
Though private sector employment shows signs of recovery, the National League of American Cities predicts 500,000 municipal workers will lose their jobs over the current and coming fiscal years. The Economist considers solutions.
Nov 23, 2010   The Economist
Mother Jones magazine reports on how tea party hostility towards "big government" is now being levelled at Agenda 21 and other smart growth initiatives, in the belief that they are part of an international conspiracy.
Nov 22, 2010   Mother Jones
Planetizen is pleased to release its ninth annual list of the ten best books in urban planning, design and development published in 2010. This year's selection includes some big names, some big ideas -- and a book called "Toilet." Exclusive
Nov 22, 2010  By Abhijeet Chavan
The mayor of Mt. Clemens, Michigan is turning to an unlikely source to help pay for stretched city services -- local non-profits. With 42% of city property tax exempt, Mayor Dempsey is asking non-profits to pay as if they were taxed.
Nov 22, 2010   Detroit Free Press
Details are now just emerging about a proposal from NYC Mayor Bloomberg to further extend the IRT #7 line from the West Side station by a planned, massive new development, Hudson Yards. Cheaper than a commuter rail tunnel, it would serve NJ Transit.
Nov 22, 2010   The New York Times - N.Y. / Region
This post from GOOD points to an old map of the Western U.S. in which state lines are redrawn based on the locations of watersheds.
Nov 21, 2010   Good
A historic tree near the campus of Stanford University is the centerpiece of a fight to redirect California's planned high speed rail project.
Nov 21, 2010   Peninsula Press