Government / Politics

May 8, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>In two separate examples, a <em>Los Angeles Times</em> columnist shows how stakeholders with money tend to win the support of local politicians more often than the less fortunate.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
May 8, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>The Federal Reserve has announced plans to help community non-profits to acquire foreclosed homes for use as affordable housing.</p>
The Washington Post
May 7, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Despite concerns about lowering property values across the city, the L.A. City Council moved to limit the size of newly constructed homes in older neighborhoods to about 4,000 square feet.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
May 7, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Planning has become too much like a court case, with two sides and one winner. According to columnist Christopher Hume, this adversarial nature must be changed.</p>
The Toronto Star
May 6, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Officials in Melbourne, Australia, are so frustrated with the city's lackluster planning process that they are pushing for the creation of a new planning authority -- one they hope will look at the "big picture".</p>
The Age
May 6, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Despite naysayers, Masdar City is moving forward. The goal: to be the world's first modern-day carbon-free city.</p>
National Public Radio
May 6, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>This commentary argues that, though it may not be called "zoning", Houston has plenty of land use restrictions and guidelines.</p>
The Houston Chronicle
May 6, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>This article from <em>The Washington Post</em> looks at what local municipalities are doing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.</p>
The Washington Post
May 6, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>In this interview from last year, the now newly-elected mayor of London, Boris Johnson, talks about the importance of biking in the city, improving public transportation, and abolishing the city's congestion pricing system.</p>
May 5, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Developers and politicians in L.A. are stealthily moving forward with plans to build a skyscraper in the heart of Hollywood -- a 40-story project that would tower high over existing development in the area.</p>
LA Weekly
May 3, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>With elections coming up, local politicians are peddling various plans for the replacement of the Alaska Way Viaduct -- though there is increasing consensus around removing the freeway and creating a waterfront boulevard.</p>
Crosscut Seattle
May 2, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Two ballot measures -- one sponsored by property owners, the other by local government groups and businesses -- seek to tighten the rules around eminent domain, and potentially end rent control in the state.</p>
San Jose Mercury News
May 2, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>While cities are eager to encourage businesses to go green, many government incentive programs are not designed with small businesses in mind.</p>
Globe St.
May 1, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Seattle's new local food initiative will try to help provide access to health, fresh food in neighborhoods that are a long walk or bus ride from a supermarket.</p>
Seattle Post Intelligencer
May 1, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>The housing markets most affected by the subprime mortgage fallout are those with the toughest land use regulations, argues Wendell Cox.</p>
The Heritage Foundation
April 30, 2008, 5pm PDT
<p>New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman holds no punches in expressing his displeasure in the 'gas tax holiday' proposal now that presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has joined presumptive Republican nominee John McCain in endorsing it.</p>
The New York Times
April 30, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>Taxpayers typically contribute more than 50 percent of the cost of a new stadium or arena these days, but what are they getting for their money?</p>
The American
April 30, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>A transportation official in Toronto is hoping to convince colleagues that the system should allow advertisers to buy naming rights for transit stops in the city as a way of increasing revenue, but many remain opposed.</p>
The Ottawa Citizen
April 29, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Once supported by the Mayor and Massachusetts Port Authority, plans to enhance Boston's Black Falcon cruise boat terminal are now up in the air.</p>
The Boston Globe
April 29, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Harald Bodenschatz calls for a radical shift in the urban planning discourse when he claims for a revitalization not only of the downtown, but of the district centers and of suburbia itself, which should be made denser and more valuable.</p>
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