Todd Litman is the executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute.
Many people assume incorrectly that motorists pay their share of roadway costs through fuel taxes. Not so. Fairness would require much higher motor vehicle user fees to finance roadways.
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 6:19am PDT
Amsterdam feels "cozy" because the city's efforts to manage mobility results in an average speed for all modes of 15kph/10mph.
Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 11:28pm PDT
Tom Sanchez (Virginia Tech) and I decided to offer a free course to a global audience. The response has been phenomenal with more than 17,000 people participating. Learn about what the globe has to say about technology in cities.
Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 4:03pm PDT
Every year we analyze all of the tweets from the APA Conference and tell you about the trends in planning. With more than 1,000 people tweeting from the APA Conference, there is a lot of great ideas, links, and blogs that we can all learn from.
Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 8:46am PDT
A bold vision can be terrific but a small step in the right direction is more important.
Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 6:44am PDT
A Gallup poll asked residents of each Congressional district whether they felt safe walking alone at night in their city or area. Although city residents feared crime more than suburbs, there were some surprises.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 3:22pm PDT
This year's host for the APA National Conference, themed "Plan Big," is the city that virtually invented modern big picture planning. But what does Chicago's seeming inability to plan comprehensively say about the state of contemporary planning?
Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 4:49pm PDT
While the middle class sought the refuge in the suburbs in the 1960s and 1970s, it turns out that the crime they were fleeing had nothing to do with density, race, or even blight. Mother Jones magazine suggest that it was all because of lead.
Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 5:38pm PDT
Some argue that if something is not directly contributing to our public coffers, why protect it? Perhaps it’s worth broadening our understanding of the services – and tax implications – provided by parks.
Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 3:00pm PDT
Opponents of high- and mid-rise development often use the term "vertical sprawl." But in fact there is little similarity between high-rise infill and suburban sprawl: the major arguments against one do not apply to the other.
Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 12:19pm PDT