Government / Politics

October 15, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>Portland, Oregon, looks to follow the lead of Paris in instituting a bike rental system throughout the city. Bids are requested for a pilot fleet of 500 bikes.</p>
The Portland Tribune
October 12, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>Nick Turse reports on the recent "Joint Urban Operations" conference, where participants discussed the highly advanced military technologies being contemplated for use in the slums of the global south.</p>
Tom Dispatch
October 12, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>A recent survey show that tap water outperforms bottled water, which bodes well for cities and citizens concerned about the environmental impacts of the billion dollar bottled water industry.</p>
The Miami Herald
October 12, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>Cities across the country are passing measures to limit the size of new homes -- an attack on the much-derided "McMansionization" of America. Restrictions range from outright bans to innovative cap-and-trade schemes.</p>
Architectural Record
October 12, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>City officials in Los Angeles have come to a settlement with homeless advocates that will allow anyone to sleep on the sidewalk until the city builds 1,250 affordable housing units, which could take up to five years.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
October 11, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>A Bill advocating the formation of an affordable housing trust fund will likely be vetoed by the Bush White House, which believes the program is unnecessary.</p>
October 9, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>Pressure is building to come to a decision about whether or not to toll roads in Massachusetts. But many politicians are opposed.</p>
The Boston Globe
October 8, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>To help reach its goal of planting 1 million new trees by 2030, the city is contemplating a new rule that would force homeowners and developers to plant new street trees when buildings are remodeled.</p>
The New York Sun
October 8, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>Though former governor Parris Glendening is often seen as the father of smart growth, studies indicate that even with the state's efforts, little progress has been towards reigning in sprawl.</p>
The Baltimore Sun
October 7, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Responding to pressure from neighborhood residents and a poor grade from a government audit, the city's planning department will be reorganized to ensure proper procedures are followed.</p>
The Salt Lake Tribune
October 7, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>With concerns about global warming at an all time high, the region's policy makers think the time is right for a 10 cent gas fee.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
October 6, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>The public library system in Jackson County, Oregon, is part of a growing trend: outsourcing and privatizing public services.</p>
The Kansas City Star
October 6, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>An Alaska property rights measure that would have required the government to compensate landowners for any public projects that reduce property values was defeated by more than a 2-to-1 margin.</p>
Mat Su Valley Frontiersman
October 5, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>A barber shop owner in Clarksville, Tennessee shot and killed himself in front of the City Council after members voted against his request to rezone his home as commercial property.</p>
October 5, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>A recent report calling for less emphasis to be placed on cars than on other forms of transport has sparked a lively debate in Toronto.</p>
The Toronto Star
October 5, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>A commuter rail project in Sante Fe is stressing New Mexico's state transportation budget, causing officials to announce delays on many road and highway projects. But many are upset that the rail plans will move ahead unhindered.</p>
The Albuquerque Tribune
October 4, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>The results of a competitive RFP process to redevelop Georgia's historic Jekyll Island has been deemed unfair by the Jekyll Island Revitalization Group. A formal challenge to the State's decision has been issued and a lawsuit may follow.</p>
Daily Report
October 4, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>City officials in Texas Border towns are blocking federal officials from coming into their towns to build walls along the U.S.-Mexico border.</p>
The Houston Chronicle
October 2, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>Canada's cities are asking that some of the $14-billion federal budget surplus be directed at them, and at upgrading aging infrastructure, rather than to servicing debt.</p>
The Globe & Mail
October 2, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>With a historic small town feel and a population that has embraced its compact walkability, the town of Rowayton, Connecticut, has passed a ban on large trucks crossing though the town as a short cut.</p>
The New York Times