Government / Politics

September 19, 2008, 12pm PDT
An MIT professor testified before Congress for a broad policy to address energy and climate crises - including carbon pricing, carbon sequestration, expanded fossil fuel and nuclear production, and more research spending.
MIT News
September 18, 2008, 6am PDT
In parts of Texas, state officials and local communities are in a tug-of-war over post-Ike coastline rebuilding efforts.
The Houston Chronicle
September 17, 2008, 12pm PDT
In order to get more retailers to set up shop in one San Francisco neighborhood, the definition of "meal" must be established to keep out new places that can't serve one.
The San Francisco Chronicle
September 17, 2008, 7am PDT
Congress is in the midst of discussing whether or not more people ought to be eligible for homeless services. But without any additional funding to go with it, some argue that a broadened definition of homelessness may be unrealistic.
The New York Times
September 16, 2008, 11am PDT
In both the United States and Canada, this fall's federal elections are being driven by environmental issues, which are driving a wedge between urban and rural voters.
Globe & Mail
September 16, 2008, 10am PDT
Gulfport, Mississippi lays plans to be the home of America's largest container port facility.
Sun Herald
Blog post
September 15, 2008, 12am PDT

The battle for the White House has reached my inbox, as even listservs about urbanism crackle with endorsements and denunciations of Obama, McCain, Palin, etc.

But all of this frenzied activity assumes that what a President says or thinks is particularly relevant to urban issues.  But this need not be so.  The policy areas most relevant to sprawl and urbanism, land use and transportation, are not likely to be directly affected by the results of the presidential election.  

In particular, zoning and similar land use issues are generally addressed by state and local governments.  Even the most pro-urban president is unlikely to take on anti-infill NIMBYism (1), make strip malls more walkable. or make streets narrower.  

Michael Lewyn
September 13, 2008, 9am PDT
Philadelphia is still trying to figure out where to put its two approved casinos as it prepares to become the nation's biggest city to host gambling. In this piece, Inga Saffron says a new proposed site could make gambling work for Philly.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
September 12, 2008, 11am PDT
The city of Los Angeles forms a task force of prosecutors, police, and others to combat illegal disposal of trash all over town.
The Los Angeles Times
September 12, 2008, 6am PDT
Despite controversy over its funding,location and impact, the Florida Marlins are likely to build a new retractable-roof stadium on the former site of the Orange Bowl in the city's Little Havana neighborhood.
Miami Herald
September 12, 2008, 5am PDT
HBO's The Wire has wrapped its last season of urban criticism disguised as a cop show. Dan Hill, who creates simulations of cities in his day job, is fascinated by The Wire's simulation and deconstruction of Baltimore.
cityofsound
September 11, 2008, 11am PDT
Proposals from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative Republicans to close the state's $15 billion budget deficit would to take away hundreds of millions of dollars from local redevelopment agencies.
California Planning & Development Report
September 11, 2008, 9am PDT
Elected city officials in dozens of cities want to overturn term limits, saying current ones keep them from being able to tackle long-range projects.
New York Times
September 11, 2008, 8am PDT
This week international legal experts are meeting in Iceland to debate whether or not the world needs new international laws concerning the polar regions in the face of climate change.
Truthout
September 10, 2008, 11am PDT
Atlanta and other cities in the U.S. are fighting for a greater share of hotel taxes paid as a result of bookings through online sites.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 10, 2008, 5am PDT
New funds have already been allocated to public transit agencies, but unexpected increases in ridership have called for even more. The funds come as part of a new energy bill intended to reduce foreign oil dependence.
The Wall Street Journal
September 9, 2008, 2pm PDT
At a recent bipartisan panel on public transportation and energy policy sponsored by the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, panelists made the Conservative case for urban density and public transit investments.
The American Prospect
September 9, 2008, 8am PDT
Taxpayers, not transit users, will bail out motorists to keep the highway trust fund solvent. The administration had initially proposed to use transit funds and veto using general funds, but with the fund scheduled to go bust in Oct., they relented.
Los Angeles Times via San Francisco Chronicle
September 8, 2008, 9am PDT
Neal Pierce looks at America's addiction to incarceration and drug prohibition and wonders what -- if anything -- the presidential candidates would do to change the country's course.
Citiwire
September 8, 2008, 5am PDT
Urban chickens have been approved in Fort Collins, Colorado. Some, including one vocal city council member, are not happy about it.
Fort Collins Now