July 19, 2009, 9am PDT
Pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure is a part of transportation, whether some elected officials like it or not. In this piece from <em>Citiwire</em>, Neal Peirce writes that this fact is becoming increasingly clear.
July 18, 2009, 1pm PDT
China's fast-paced development is making it into a major economic power. Its emphasis on urban policy is leaving the U.S. in the dust, writes Eugenie Birch.
July 13, 2009, 6am PDT
Light rail is seen as a golden opportunity to revive inner cities. Not so fast, argues Alan Hoffman.
July 12, 2009, 5am PDT
Budget issues are causing major issues for a handful of states. Neal Peirce argues these budget woes are a sign that states are making the wrong investments and that they idea of a state may be out of date.
June 29, 2009, 9am PDT
With interdepartmental cooperation blossoming within the Obama administration, Neal Peirce wonders how things will shake down when policies hit metropolitan regions -- and the municipal borders that can impede and confuse policy.
June 23, 2009, 7am PDT
Struggling cities are increasingly looking at the idea of bulldozing vacant properties and "shrinking". But two columnists argue it might not be such a good idea.
May 18, 2009, 7am PDT
Neal Peirce looks at a broad citizen outreach program in Montgomery County, Maryland, engages its growing immigrant population by actually interacting with them face-to-face.
May 10, 2009, 5am PDT
Neal Peirce looks at President Barack Obama's ambitious plans for high speed rail and the significant obstacles that stand in its way.
April 26, 2009, 1pm PDT
The recession has been a boon for stimulus-funded infrastructure projects. But despite the work, it's not the full revamp the nation's infrastructure system needs, according to Jonathan D. Miller in this piece from <em>Citiwire</em>.
April 21, 2009, 5am PDT
The silos are breaking down in the federal government as the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Transportation are embarking on a shared plan to increase interdepartmental collaboration.
March 30, 2009, 9am PDT
Small farms are getting some attention from the Obama Administration, but what's still holding them back is the proper infrastructure, according to this piece from <em>Citiwire</em>.
March 29, 2009, 11am PDT
Global water shortages are an issue the Obama Administration will need to address, according to this piece from <em>Citiwire</em>.
March 23, 2009, 7am PDT
This piece from Robert E. Lang and Lawrence Levy calls for President Barack Obama to include suburban voices in his administration's policy discussions about urban issues.
March 22, 2009, 5am PDT
Neal Peirce looks at the daunting challenges facing the new White House Office of Urban Affairs.
March 16, 2009, 6am PDT
The idea of sustainability is growing up, and as concerns about the environment take hold in cities from the bottom up, some are calling for a more sophisticated approach to "green" city development, write Anthony Flint and William Shutkin.
March 15, 2009, 7am PDT
Vivek Kundra, the Washington D.C. chief technology officer who created an innovative publicly accessible database of city information, will be heading to a new office in D.C. -- at the White House.
March 2, 2009, 5am PST
A new government-sponsored watchdog website will allow citizens to track stimulus-funded projects. It's an effort to insure accountability. Neal Pierce wonders if that accountability will translate into smarter patterns of development.
March 1, 2009, 5am PST
The federal stimulus package has made infrastructure into a hot topic among states. But, as Mary Newsom writes, states are not addressing the land use patterns that drive up the costs and bring down the efficiency of infrastructure.
February 26, 2009, 7am PST
As stimulus money trickles down to states, many worry the best laid plans for spending it will devolve into a frantic money grab among municipalities. But, according to this piece from Mark Muro, there are signs of order at the metropolitan level.
February 17, 2009, 9am PST
Building bicycle infrastructure is expensive. Finding it is free. This piece from <em>Citiwire</em> implores cities to rethink quiet streets as "bicycle boulevards".