Government / Politics

August 21, 2008, 7am PDT
Calling it a violation of public spaces, a new report from a civil liberties group in the UK has criticized the banning of public drinking in more than 600 places in England and Wales.
Telegraph
August 20, 2008, 9am PDT
A California bill that seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by controlling land use may be one of the most important land use bills in years, according to Bill Fulton. But if it passes, the progress it makes could be short lived.
California Planning and Development Report
August 20, 2008, 7am PDT
Denver is generally ready for the Democratic National Convention, but city officials have taken heat for security preparations.
NPR
August 19, 2008, 12pm PDT
The Feds won't agree to a $1 congestion peak bridge toll, so SF planners have proposed peak hour parking fees on corridors leading to the Golden Gate Bridge to satisfy the Urban Partnership Agreement terms to retain the $158 million grant.
The San Francisco Chronicle
August 18, 2008, 11am PDT
Officials in Abilene, Texas, are trying to pass an electronic sign ordinance "proactively" but are facing great resistance, as has been the case for other cities.
Abilene Reporter-News
August 18, 2008, 5am PDT
Faced with a significant decline in tourism, Rome's mayor dreams of building a theme park right next to the real thing depicting life in ancient Rome.
Telegraph U.K.
Blog post
August 17, 2008, 9pm PDT

In a much discussed speech, ‘A Generational Challenge to Repower America,’ Al Gore challenged America to hit the off-switch on foreign oil and re-power itself with home-grown carbon-free energy– namely wind, solar and geothermal.

The predicted outcome Gore said would be a bold, energy independent nation ready to lead the world into the 21st century. However, such an effort, he asserted, would require “commitment to changing not just light bulbs, but laws. And Laws will only change with leadership.”

Mike Lydon
August 16, 2008, 11am PDT
A moratorium on new fast food restaurants in Los Angeles is seen as a way to encourage better public health, but also a way to encourage healthier businesses.
The New York Times
August 15, 2008, 11am PDT
The city of Austin considers a multi-billion dollar investment in a "biomass" power plant, burning wood waste in East Texas as a carbon-neutral, renewable energy source.
Austin American-Statesman
August 15, 2008, 10am PDT
Boise considers resurrecting their streetcar system after an 80 year absence.
The Boise Weekly
August 15, 2008, 6am PDT
Foreclosure-stricken cities and states are looking forward to receiving federal relief funding. Their plans for using the funding vary.
The Christian Science Monitor
August 15, 2008, 5am PDT
A Washington D.C. project to clean up and repair dilapidated buildings in the city is coming under scrutiny for shoddy work and millions of dollars in public money that are virtually unaccounted for.
The Washington Post
August 14, 2008, 11am PDT
The only modern building in Rome's historic center, a Richard Meier designed museum, is considered offensive enough that it may not last in its current form.
Reuters
August 13, 2008, 11am PDT
An unusual coalition of environmentalists, builders,and city leaders announced their support for a controversial land use and transportation bill that aims to involve the CA Air Resources Board in setting reduction targets.
Capitol Weekly
August 12, 2008, 2pm PDT
The public has relegated global warming well behind other issues, including high energy prices. This article examines the role of environmental groups in this backslide as the public warms to more drilling to reduce gas prices.
Politico
August 12, 2008, 7am PDT
New York City planning chief Burden took the Daily News on one of her many walks. She showed how zoning can work to preserve the way of life on the storied Lower East Side and East Village, where she has worked diligently with the community on a plan to encourage affordable housing, ignite positive reinvestment, and prevent out-of-character high structures from impacting the neighborhood again.
The NY Daily News
August 11, 2008, 11am PDT
As the economy continues to struggle, many expect governments to increasingly look at privatizing roads and other infrastructure.
Reuters
August 11, 2008, 9am PDT
Officials in Honolulu recently approved a measure that will allow voters to decide whether to build a long-planned $4 billion rail system.
Honolulu Star-Bulletin
August 11, 2008, 7am PDT
Security is a major concern during large public events like the Olympics. The Chinese government is making preparations for a safe event, but could they go too far?
Buildings Magazine
August 7, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>The prospect of a looming MTA deficit and rising transit fares is prompting a second look at congestion pricing in Manhattan, a project defeated by the state Assembly in April, notwithstanding a federal grant for $360 million.</p>
The New York Times