Government / Politics

May 14, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>Quebec is notorious for its lavish subsidies designed to lure business. But with transparent accounting and a cost-benefit ratio of 3.74 to 1, the province's economic development agency makes sure taxpayers know what they are getting for their money.</p>
New Brunswick Business Journal
May 14, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Planners in Arlington, Virginia want to allow rental units in single family neighborhoods, but residents are strongly opposed to the proposal, many of them worried that the units will attract low-income immigrants.</p>
The Washington Post
May 13, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>The northern California city of Vallejo has declared bankruptcy, becoming one of few cities and the largest in the state to do so. Other struggling cities are watching closely to see if the strategy helps to save the city.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
May 13, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Homebuilders have been removed from the language of a transportation funding bill that would have required developers to pay for new roads.</p>
Arizona Daily Star
May 12, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Following the lead of law enforcement, San Diego's code enforcement department is opening storefront offices where residents can come in with questions and complaints.</p>
The San Diego Union-Tribune
May 12, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>States are helping homeowners who want to have a more eco-friendly lifestyle by overturning homeowner association regulations that ban solar panels and wind turbines.</p>
USA Today
May 12, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>UCLA Professor Donald Shoup has criss-crossed the nation lecturing about the many benefits from market pricing of parking -- but he says too many cities are still making decisions based on politics.</p>
The Toronto Star
May 12, 2008, 5am PDT
Washington D.C. has successfully invested more than $600 million in a new baseball stadium, but the city's infamous infestation with rats is nowhere near resolved. Reason's Matt Welch asks why.
May 10, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>By looking closely at the key factors that helped London's congestion charge succeed, other cities can decipher whether a similar scheme would work in their jurisdictions.</p>
The Toronto Star
May 10, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>One country stands out in Europe in surpassing the greenhouse gas emission reductions required by the Kyoto Protocol - Sweden. While it used several environmental technologies to achieve those reductions, experts give credit to its carbon tax.</p>
The Guardian
May 9, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Massachusetts wants to require affordable housing developers to pay construction workers a "prevailing wage", but with costs already totaling $200,000 or more per unit, the proposal may ultimately decrease the amount of affordable housing built.</p>
The Boston Globe
May 9, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>This piece from <em>The Cleveland Free Times</em> argues that policy can and does encourage sprawl, and none of the candidates running for president will do anything to combat these policies. Meanwhile, American cities will continue to die off.</p>
The Cleveland Free Times
May 9, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>A new report examines the impacts of the mortgage meltdown on rental housing.</p>
Joint Center for Housing Studies
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