Government / Politics

May 22, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>An outreach counseling group in Santa Barbara, California, has worked with the city to set up 12 parking lots where people can sleep in their cars at night -- an act that is illegal on city streets.</p>
Blog post
May 21, 2008, 10pm PDT

Three whammy’s are pressing America’s luck this spring as the nation engages in one of the most exciting presidential elections in my lifetime. The problem is that the only solution that has been proposed at the national-level has been a gas tax holiday. A gas tax holiday would have the effect of starving our increasingly troubled transportation system of the necessary funds to maintain and improve infrastructure and service.

John Renne
May 21, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Under a bold plan from the city's Mayor, the 11 million residents of Sao Paulo, Brazil, are enjoying a city free from outdoor advertising.</p>
Ode Magazine
May 21, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>A committee in Baltimore charged with the task of encouraging more public involvement in land use decisions is learning how difficult that can be as it faces criticism that its own meetings didn't get enough participation from residents.</p>
The Baltimore Sun
May 20, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>Though the deal still needs approval from the Pennsylvania legislature, the state hopes to generate over $1 billion a year for road, bridge and transit improvements from the proceeds.</p>
The Philadelphia Inquirer
May 20, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Hoping to head off a competing ballot measure, Miami-based developer Lennar Corp. has voluntarily agreed to set aside 3,200 of the planned 10,000 homes on San Francisco's Hunters and Candlestick Point for low- and moderate-income families.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
May 20, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>With ridership up nationwide, the next president should start getting serious about investing in passenger rail service, argues a recent column.</p>
The Boston Globe
May 20, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>While the city's regional approach is the envy of many American planners, Shanghai is also guilty of top-down planning that may end up encouraging sprawl.</p>
The Hartford Courant
May 19, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>Oregon's housing market has faired far better than other areas of the country, with some experts agreeing that the state's more restrictive land-use policies helped to prevent an oversupply of homes during the free-wheeling mortgage years.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
May 19, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>To deal with the problem of vacant big-box stores that have proliferated across the country, one Milwaukee suburb is levying a fee on developers to help pay for demolition. Other cities are exploring similar options.</p>
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 19, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Virginia Governor Tim Kaine has proposed a plan to raise sales taxes in the state to help fund public transportation projects -- a plan similar to one voters turned down in 2002. But this time, voters won't be involved in the decision.</p>
The Washington Post
May 19, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>This commentary claims that dirty politics have prevented Florida voters from being able to control sprawl in their communities.</p>
The Orlando Sentinel
May 18, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>The top Republican on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is leading a bill to fund new high-speed rail, stating he's ready to fight the air travel lobby that has traditionally opposed plans for high-speed rail.</p>
May 17, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Instead of asking residents to consider a timid plan this November, the region's transit agency should wait until its first light rail line opens, and gas prices rise even higher. Voters will then be ready for a grander plan, argues a recent column.</p>
The Seattle Times
May 16, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Minneapolis is one of several cities that have filed lawsuits against mortgage companies, seeking damages for the blight caused by the large number of foreclosures in some of its neighborhoods.</p>
USA Today
May 16, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>A dazzling wildflower season spells trouble for master-planned communities across the West.</p>
The Next American City
May 16, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>As rescue work continues in the aftermath of the earthquake in China's Sichuan province, many -- including the state-run media -- are asking questions about why so many buildings collapsed, and blame corruption and shoddy construction methods.</p>
The Globe & Mail
May 16, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>None of the major presidential candidates are paying enough attention to the nation's deteriorating infrastructure, according to this article.</p>
Scholars & Rogues
Blog post
May 15, 2008, 4pm PDT

I believe it's very likely that within a few years, planning departments will be using blogs, and perhaps other social networking site options, as approaches to public input on planning policy or development applications.

Perhaps some are doing it already?

Brent Toderian
May 15, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>Activists in Jersey City are suing over plans to replace a fledgling waterfront arts district with new high-rises. The city says the land, which is next to commuter and light rail stations, is best used for "smart growth" high-density housing.</p>
The New York Times