Obama Administration

January 20, 2010, 8am PST
A year ago, the Brookings Institution offered a series of suggestions to the Obama Administration for addressing infrastructure problems. Some advice was followed, other suggestions weren't. The Institution gives the Administration an A- for 2009.
The Brookings Institution
January 5, 2010, 2pm PST
This New York Times editorial argues that the present strategy to fix the housing mess isn't working; real relief in the form of principal reduction is needed.
New York Times
December 8, 2009, 5am PST
The Obama Administration is set to announce a new jobs bill and state officials are clamoring to get their hands on some of the $69 billion the federal government is dedicating to the next batch of stimulus-related infrastructure projects.
The Washington Times
December 2, 2009, 2pm PST
Transportation Secretary LaHood announced that this spring, bus and streetcar projects will receive $280 million as part of the administration's inter-agency sustainable communities partnership.
Streetsblog Capitol Hill
November 30, 2009, 2pm PST
Some mayors say the Obama Administration's urban agenda concentrates too much power at the state level.
The Atlantic
August 4, 2009, 1pm PDT
Adolfo Carrión, Jr., Director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs, reports from a tour he's taking to spur a national conversation about the role cities and metropolitan areas should take in national policy.
The White House blog
July 31, 2009, 1pm PDT
The Fed's "Cash For Clunkers" program, which set aside funds to give people an incentive to trade in old polluting cars for newer models, is already reportedly running out of money. (VIDEO)
ABC
July 23, 2009, 6am PDT
While HUD's budget has decreased by 4%, the Federal Railroad Administration is up 35%. This is just one of the revelations to be found in this interactive graphic of the Obama Administration's proposed federal budget for 2010.
wallstats.com
July 7, 2009, 10am PDT
Some have grumbled at the Obama Administration's recently-announced standards for light bulbs. But changing industry standards for lighting would have no small effect, says Mark Muro of Brookings.
The New Republic
June 18, 2009, 2pm PDT
Representatives of the Obama Administration, including VP Biden, were set to be a part of the U.S. Conference of Mayors last week, but they cancelled their appearance so as not to cross a union picket line outside.
Citiwire.net
May 20, 2009, 8am PDT
George Will, fresh from denouncing denim as 'the infantile uniform of a nation', is disturbed to find that Ray LaHood has bought the Obama administration's beliefs in regards to mass transit, bicycling, and 'transformation'.
Newsweek
May 8, 2009, 12pm PDT
Peter Gertler of HNTB says that the Obama administration's high-speed rail investments will attract new development around stations.
Forbes
May 6, 2009, 10am PDT
The New York Times asks the question Planetizen readers have been asking for months: Who is this Ray LaHood, and how did he become the choice for Secretary of Transportation?
The New York Times
May 5, 2009, 7am PDT
Richard Florida compares the Obama administration's suggest HSR corridors to the mega-regions they will serve and likes what he sees.
The Atlantic
April 5, 2009, 9am PDT
Former Arizona Department of Transportation director Victor M. Mendez has bee chosen by the Obama administration to head the FHA.
The Arizona Republic
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>.
Citiwire
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>.
Citiwire
February 22, 2009, 11am PST
Amid talk by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood of converting the gas tax into a vehicle miles traveled tax, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs stated that the plan "will not be the policy of the Obama administration."
Newsday
February 20, 2009, 12pm PST
In a recent interview with newspaper columnists, President Barack Obama spent some time discussing the idea of a national infrastructure bank and the chances of one taking shape.
The Washington Post
January 17, 2009, 9am PST
Barack Obama has announced the three members of the "urban issues" arm of his incoming cabinet. <em>Grist</em>'s Ryan Avent takes a look at Shaun Donovan, Ray LaHood and Adolfo Carrion and what they may mean for urban policy.
Grist