Policy

January 22, 2016, 7am PST
A raft of recent research finds that small, local businesses are critical to overcoming many of our biggest challenges. This article rounds up the new studies and what they say about why local business should be a focus of planning in 2016.
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
September 5, 2015, 11am PDT
A Brookings Institution reports calls on policy makers to ensure appropriate investments and programs to support workers in the transportation sector.
Brookings
June 5, 2014, 11am PDT
All over the country, local craft brews, and the restaurants that serve them, have been drivers of economic development and neighborhood revitalization. But a restrictive law in Minneapolis has prevented the full benefit of the industry.
Minneapolis Post
March 27, 2013, 8am PDT
To celebrate its 50th post, Jeremy Rosenberg has handed over the reins of his "Laws That Shape L.A." column. The focus of this week's guest feature: the special overlays and site-specific designations that cover 60 percent of the city's geography.
KCET.org
December 2, 2012, 5am PST
According to Chris Peck, “Better cycling infrastructure, an enforced road traffic law and a reduction in the space available to motor traffic are all required to get cycling growing again in London.”
The Guardian (UK)
Blog post
November 1, 2011, 6pm PDT
Barbara Knecht
September 17, 2011, 11am PDT
CA Speaker of the Assembly John Pérez discusses the current challenges faced by government in California, drawing particular attention to the struggle for consensus on how the State should support economic development at the local level. (VIDEO)
The Planning Report
January 6, 2011, 10am PST
<em>Alternet</em> runs down a list of the five best policies enacted by cities in 2010.
AlterNet
September 20, 2010, 7am PDT
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) begins a two-year tryout of new parking technologies.
New Urban Network
September 10, 2010, 1pm PDT
The newest U.S. stimulus proposal is aimed at improving infrastructure but could go farther, says Jonna McKone from TheCityFix.com.
TheCityFix
August 23, 2010, 5am PDT
Chikodi Chima looks at the innovative ideas coming out of China like the famous road-straddling bus announced earlier this month, and asks, has America lost it's edge?
AltTransport
Blog post
June 4, 2010, 7am PDT

One of the most widely cited numbers in contemporary transportation media coverage and policy discussions is the cost of congestion estimates that Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) annually produces as part of the Urban Mobility Report series.   The 2009 version of that report (http://mobility.tamu.edu/ums/)  shows an estimate of the cost of congestion of $87.4 Billion for the top 439 U.S.

Steven Polzin
Blog post
August 12, 2009, 5pm PDT

For serious transportation policy wonks lately every day is like Christmas.  Climate change, bailout, deteriorating infrastructure, reauthorization, aging baby boomers, bailout, stimulus, new administration, economic development, global competition, urban redevelopment, bailout, etc.  One has all they can do to just keep up with all the relevant news and positioning say nothing of understanding it.  In fact, I don’t understand it.   

Steven Polzin
Blog post
March 10, 2009, 6am PDT
In January 1992, The New York Times Sunday Magazine ran a piece by Columbia’s Nicholas Lemann, titled “The Myth of Community Development”.  It was then - timed to provoke critical thinking about the Clinton Administration’s vanilla urban policy of Empowerment Communities (EZ/EC) - a poignant evaluation of community development, and it asked hard questions.

Questions about the capacity of local organizations, the wisdom of economic development efforts in the hands of anemic CDCs.  Neither wholly right nor wrong, the piece put on the table a necessary skunk:  was it sensible to try to revitalize the inner city using the tools and thinking then at hand?
Charles Buki
July 6, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Despite efforts by politicians to enact policies that reduce congestion, the biggest improvements in traffic reduction appear to be tied to rising gas prices and tolls, according to data from New York.</p>
The New York Times
June 9, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>The Wall Street Journal and other publications compare the energy and environmental policies of Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain, presumptive nominees for the 2008 U.S. presidential election.</p>
The Wall Street Journal