April 24, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Homes farther out from the central city and with longer commutes are being hit harder by the downturn in the housing market. Those located close to city cores and transit are faring better, according to this report from <em>NPR</em>.</p>
Blog post
April 23, 2008, 10pm PDT

I once was consigned to a table full of business school students at a land-use conference at UCLA. Trying to be a good sport, I offered the only idea that I'd ever had about business: car insurance charged according to miles driven. I posited that since risk and mileage were more or less correlated, it only made sense that people who drove more and incurred more risk should pay more.

My tablemates stared back at me as if I had just issued a rousing recitation of Das Kapital.
Josh Stephens
April 23, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>As airlines go bankrupt and gasoline prices climb upwards, James Howard Kunstler wonders why passenger rail continues to fall off the political radar.</p>
James Howard Kunstler's Blog
April 23, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Officials in Oklahoma is hoping to woo the Seattle Supersonics to relocate in Oklahoma City by offering tax incentives. One politician is hoping to advance plans for a light rail transit system by planting the idea with team officials.</p>
The Norman Transcript
April 23, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Congestion pricing is really just a regressive tax thats hurt the poor, argues one New York Assemblyman. If government wants to improve transit and the environment, it should simply tax wealthy Americans more to do it.</p>
The New York Times
April 22, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Motorists in Oregon, Washington and Idaho are using less gas per week than the average American. A recent report credits the region's public transit systems and land use policies for the reduction in fuel consumption.</p>
The Oregonian
April 22, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>With the nation's infrastructure in dire need of investment, a debate over the need to raise the federal gas tax is brewing in Washington, D.C.</p>
CNN Money
April 22, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Seattle's new light rail line is poised to usher in a new era for Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Though most are excited about the new development, the fear of gentrification has made some residents worry that they won't be around to reap the benefits.</p>
The Seattle Times
April 22, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Officials forecast need to adapt development model: to retreat from some areas, build in others, and reduce reliance on cars.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
April 21, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Forget congestion pricing and higher gas taxes -- accurately priced pay-as-you-go auto insurance might be the best financial incentive tool for encouraging people to change their driving habits.</p>
The New York Times Magazine
April 21, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>A new interactive mapping website launched by the Center for Neighborhood Technology in partnership with The Brookings Institution shows how affordability changes from neighborhood to neighborhood based on housing and transportation.</p>
The Washington Post
April 20, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Responding to the growing backslash against cell phone chatter, the city of Graz, Austria has banned cell phone use on its public transit system.</p>
Associated Press
April 20, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>With boomers set to retire, and more small and home-based business cropping up, its likely more and more people will be skipping the morning and afternoon rush hours. But how will such a change impact our traffic patterns?</p>
April 20, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>The New York City Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Transit Authority unveiled the city's current Bus Rapid Transit program earlier this week, including a project that would "redefine the public realm" on Manhattan's 34th Street.</p>
April 19, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>In the sprawling Atlanta region, some and bus lines are experiencing overcrowding due to the soaring number of transit commuters.</p>
Atlanta Journal Constitution
April 19, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>With the region's traffic getting increasingly worse, and little funding in the pipeline, Washington D.C. transit officials have proposed a plan to develop new bus-only lanes on the shoulders of highways.</p>
The Washington Post
April 19, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>In Sao Paulo, Brazil, planners are challenged with untangling traffic jams that stretch for over 120 miles.</p>
International Herald Tribune
April 19, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>New transit towns around the Bay Area's BART stations are attracting residents who value the convenience and savings of a walkable community and nearby transit.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
Blog post
April 18, 2008, 5pm PDT

From public transit to public parks to public space, this past week brought a lot of interesting and innovative ideas in the world of urban planning.

Nate Berg
April 18, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>These two videos show the downside of high public transit ridership.</p>, YouTube