Pittsburgh recently approved a land bank to acquire properties when owners fall behind on property taxes. The question about how much control to grant an independent authority, or maintain with the City Council, remains controversial.
1 hour ago Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A recent opinion article by Richey Piiparinen of the Center for Population Dynamics at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University says “Cleveland's negativity is a challenge to the city's future.”
2 hours ago Cleveland.com
Lynn Richards, formerly of the U.S. EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities, is set to become President of the Congress for the New Urbanism in July. In this interview, Richards says that forging new alliances will be a key goal for her.
3 hours ago Better! Cities & Towns
The Google Bus protests got the media’s attention, and the Ellis Act has politician’s attention, but the Bay Area’s current tech-housing-gentrification crisis is a big, complicated mess.
19 hours ago TechCrunch
Women are less likely to ride bikes than males in the United States, and part of the complicated issues of gender and biking have at least partly to do with perceptions. A recent article examines what it means to be “feminine” while riding a bike.
20 hours ago Atlantic Cities
Use of the 495 Express Lanes, a HOT variable toll, has been fetching a pretty penny this year for commuters looking to escape the notoriously congested Capital Beltway. The ongoing experiment in commute pricing should recede before a tipping point.
21 hours ago The Washington Post
Although other states prohibit the use of state funding for public transportation projects, Tennessee state legislators are moving toward an outright ban of bus rapid transit projects anywhere in the state.
22 hours ago Wired
OpenTreeMap allows cities to inventory trees and see the environmental and economic benefits.
23 hours ago FastCompany Exist
One of the unanswered questions of Detroit’s post-bankruptcy future is what will happen with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, especially after negotiations to create a regional authority ended in failure this week.
Yesterday Detroit Free Press