December 14, 2007, 2pm PST
<p>The head of traffic and parking enforcement in Rome, Italy was fired after parking illegally using a fraudulent handicapped permit.</p>
December 14, 2007, 11am PST
<p>Subway construction and expansion is being seen in cities across the world.</p>
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Blog post
December 14, 2007, 10am PST

Toy trainMetrolink is Southern California's regional rail system linking several counties. The 15-year old system with 7 lines, 54 stations, and 388 route miles serves over 40,000 passengers in the Southland. Metrolink says its mission is "to provide the people of Southern California safe, reliable and environmentally friendly commute option." Sure, but can it also serve as an interesting venue to host a 4-year old's birthday party?

One birthday boy in particular loves trains and is a fan of a popular TV series featuring trains. His mother told me that their family trips were often planned around using rail transit to get to destinations in Central and Southern California. So what better way to celebrate his birthday than to invite his friends -- accompanied by parents of course -- for a trip on a commuter train? Children that age are probably more used to birthday parties where they are entertained by clowns or magicians. Would these children, growing up in Southern California's car-centric culture be entertained at a party where the view through a train window was the main attraction?

Abhijeet Chavan
December 14, 2007, 10am PST
<p>Seattle's long-planned South Lake Union streetcar officially began operations Wednesday.</p>
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
December 13, 2007, 11am PST
<p>Automobile crashes are the number one killer of teenagers in the United States, with nearly 6,000 deaths a year for the past decade, and more than 300,000 injuries annually.</p>
December 13, 2007, 9am PST
<p>The governor of Washington is leaning towards surface street options and public transit as possible solutions to the traffic problem posed by Seattle's crumbling inner city freeway, the Alaskan Way Viaduct.</p>
The Seattle Times
December 12, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>Jerry Abramson, mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, has announced plans to invest $100,000 in creating a pedestrian plan for his city.</p>
Louisville Courier-Journal
December 12, 2007, 11am PST
<p>As the city traffic grinds to a crawl due to the rising amount of vehicles on the road, techies in Bangalore have taken a liking to commuting on bicycles.</p>
December 12, 2007, 10am PST
<p>This piece from the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> takes a look at two big ideas for fixing L.A.'s congestion: subway and monorail.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
December 12, 2007, 9am PST
<p><em>California Planning and Development Report</em>'s Paul Shigley reviews the recent report on walkability released by the Brookings Institution and finds some of its claims dubious.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
December 12, 2007, 6am PST
<p>With increasing train ridership and more people shying away from the gas pump, Neal Peirce asks whether now might be Amtrak's time to shine.</p>
The Washington Post
December 12, 2007, 5am PST
<p>In Toronto, planners have unveiled a street design that separates a planned streetcar line from auto traffic, bike lanes, and parking. Many are calling it a first for the city -- making the street decidedly transit- and pedestrian-friendly.</p>
The Toronto Star
December 11, 2007, 2pm PST
<p>This blog post from <em>Wired</em> takes a look at the expanding subway system of Beijing, China -- a system that is expected to become the world's second largest by 2015.</p>
December 11, 2007, 10am PST
<p>Temporarily pedestrianized streets in London brought nearly a million people out for a day of walking and shopping recently, resulting in more than $200 million worth of sales.</p>
The Evening Standard
December 10, 2007, 12pm PST
<p>A report by <em>The Boston Globe</em> finds that the Boston area transit system costs less to operate than other major American transit systems -- but it has one of the worst on-time arrival performances in the nation.</p>
The Boston Globe
December 10, 2007, 10am PST
<p>The city may consider a heavy rail subway system after overturning a light rail ballot initiative.</p>
The Kansas City Star
December 9, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>Urban planners and developers in the Western United States could learn a lot from Munich, Germany, argues one online commentator.</p>
Blog post
December 9, 2007, 12pm PST

It's often said that in America, urban development issues are decided at the local level. In general the rule of thumb is accurate, explaining a country home to cities as different in form as Houston, Texas and San Francisco, California. The notable exception to the rule is the country's interstate highway system, build with extensive involvement of the federal government. However, under closer inspection we can find a number of areas where federal funding and policies has a strong impact on urban development. A survey of what the leading presidential candidates are saying about urban policy suggests what priorities our next president may have.

Robert Goodspeed
December 9, 2007, 11am PST
<p>The new slogan for bicyclists and pedestrians across America is gaining attention, as well as weight, from a number of municipalities.</p>
New Urban News
December 9, 2007, 7am PST
<p>Subways are proliferating across the globe as metro status symbols and attracting new forms of urban investment.</p>
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