Government / Politics

According to a Quinnipiac University Poll, New Yorkers upstate, downstate, Democrat, and Republican, all supported Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision to ban fracking—only energy companies and some businesses and property owners expressed dismay.
12 hours ago   Newsmax
A town in New York has been using satellite imagery from Google Earth to identify illegally-built pools.
Aug 5, 2010   Associated Press
The city of Baldwin Park, California -- purported home of the world's first drive-thru -- is temporarily banning any new construction of drive-thrus to try to combat obesity.
Aug 4, 2010   The Christian Science Monitor
Neighbors are in uproar over a 71-unit affordable housing project planned on a bus-turnaround in a residential area of San Francisco because it provides only 7 parking spaces. Is smart growth planning getting ahead of itself by becoming top-down?
Aug 4, 2010   San Francisco Chronicle
<em>National Journal</em> asks its panel of transportation experts whether the car is really threatened by the rise in policy focus on pedestrians and cyclists.
Aug 4, 2010   National Journal
While acknowledging that the 18.4 cent gas tax is insufficient to meet today's and tomorrow's transportation needs, LaHood said that increasing fuel taxes now would jeopardize the economic recovery.
Aug 3, 2010   The Journal of Commerce
Frequent street closures due to unregulated protest -- up to about 7 per day -- clog the streets of Mexico City, leaving some hungry for a more active response from the government.
Aug 3, 2010   The New York Times
The bust of the housing market has put a fleet of atypically nice homes into the Section 8 subsidized housing pool.
Aug 3, 2010   The Wall Street Joural
A marsh in Iraq drained by Saddam Hussein and believed by some to be the site of the Garden of Eden is being restored -- despite dangerous risks.
Aug 3, 2010   Der Spiegel
Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is paying close attention to the link between transportation options and obesity in America. <em>Next American City</em>'s Willy Staley looks at whether this attention will fight the epidemic.
Aug 3, 2010   Next American City
This piece from <em>The New York Times</em> looks at how an ill-fated development plan for the island of Alameda fell apart, and the city official tied up in the controversy.
Aug 3, 2010   The New York Times