Government / Politics

October 18, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>A new report finds that the transfer of development rights from one area to another is simple in concept, but difficult in implementation.</p>
Center for Environmental Excellence
October 17, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>In Palo Alto, California, -- one of the country's most affluent and least affordable cities -- the City Council and residents are now wrestling with a regional housing allocation assigned by the Association of Bay Area Governments.</p>
Palo Alto Daily News
October 17, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>Plans to roll out a nationwide road-pricing system in the UK may be dropped.</p>
The Guardian
October 17, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>At a time when funding is a major concern, a congressional hearing later this month will look at the transportation needs of Chicago as it tries to win hosting duties for the 2016 Olympics.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
October 16, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>The most severe drought in the last 100 years has states and municipalities scrambling to conserve what little water they have left.</p>
The New York Times
October 16, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>A proposed graduated scale based on the size of homes would chop away at the federal tax deductions for mortgage interest that property owners are allowed to claim. The cutback would affect all homes larger than 3,000 square feet.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
October 16, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>Cities in Europe are not letting the lack of an international compact on climate change stop them from taking efforts to reduce their impact on the planet.</p>
October 15, 2007, 12pm PDT
<p>What could have been an economic development homerun for Miami's Wynwood neighborhood has turned out to be a miserable failure. Nonetheless, hope remains that new ownership can restore the site's promising potential.</p>
The Miami Herald
October 15, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>A strike in the city of Vancouver that has left residents without garbage collection for nearly three months has caused people to get creative -- and a little sneaky -- in how they get rid of their trash.</p>
The Vancouver Sun
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