Government / Politics

January 24, 2017, 6am PST
Gasoline consumption in the U.S. peaked in 2007, but began climbing in late 2014 with the decline in gas prices. Last year almost set a new record, but increases in gas prices, fuel efficiency and more EVs could reverse the direction—but when?
Oil Price
January 24, 2017, 5am PST
A political feud over the image of the bicycle has just been resolved in the state of Uttar Predesh.
The New York Times
January 23, 2017, 8am PST
It may be the last U.S. contribution the fund sees for some time.
Grist
January 22, 2017, 11am PST
A Reuters' poll on a national infrastructure investment program shows some support for a plan similar to one suggested, though not detailed, by Elaine Chao, President Trump's nominee for transportation secretary.
Reuters
January 22, 2017, 5am PST
Well, that didn't take long! Goodbye Obama Clean Action Plan and restrictive environmental regulations; hello shale oil and gas revolution.
Planetizen
January 20, 2017, 1pm PST
A reduction of Federal Housing Administration (FHA) annual mortgage insurance premium rates was scheduled to take effect on January 27. One of the Trump Administration's first actions was to suspend the reduction.
Reuters via Yahoo News
January 20, 2017, 9am PST
The cuts mean that China is on target to meet its coal power generation limit for year 2020. But even with the cancellations, China will have surplus coal power resulting in underutilization of renewable power due to preference for coal by utilities.
The New York Times
January 20, 2017, 7am PST
Reports from inside the Trump transition are that the incoming administration will follow a budget blueprint laid out by the Heritage Foundation—public transit not included.
The Hill
Blog post
January 20, 2017, 5am PST

A roundup of articles summarizing the final days of the Obama Administration, as well as a peek at Planetizen's eight-year archive of President Obama's policies in the world of planning.

James Brasuell
January 19, 2017, 10am PST
Seattle, which will be losing it's bikeshare program after just over two years, may wish to have San Francisco's problem: a second bikeshare company wants to enter the marketplace, though without permits.
San Francisco Examiner
January 19, 2017, 7am PST
Charles Marohn of Strong Towns makes the case that whoever's in the White House, simply increasing federal spending on infrastructure isn't the wisest move.
Strong Towns
January 18, 2017, 10am PST
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ruled that existing technology allows for increased efficiency in model years 2022 to 2025. The 2011 rule to achieve 54.5 mpg by 2025 required a 'midterm evaluation' to see if the final target was achievable.
The Washington Post - Energy and Environment
Feature
January 18, 2017, 8am PST
The rise of white nationalist politics has many implications for the ideas of a just city.
Jason Reece
January 17, 2017, 9am PST
The history of the Chicago Cultural Center, "the nation's first and most comprehensive free municipal cultural venue," offers insight into the shifting relationships between culture, politics, and money in the third-largest city in the United States.
Soft City
January 16, 2017, 10am PST
A bill proposed by a Republican lawmaker in North Dakota will shift forgive motorists any liability if they to run over pedestrians "negligently" occupying a freeway.
Bismark Tribune
January 16, 2017, 8am PST
How did Vienna, Austria, substantially reduce car trips while increasing bicycling and trips taken by public transportation over 25 years? A new paper published in the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation provides answers.
International Journal of Sustainable Transportation
January 16, 2017, 7am PST
Up against an unexpected federal requirement to produce substantially more funds for a crucial rail project, San Mateo County's transportation authority showed the importance of "self-help" counties that control local transportation sales tax funds.
The Daily Journal
January 16, 2017, 6am PST
2017 has all the makings of a classic showdown in Oregon, where the state legislature will consider to policies that deeply divide the interest interests of tenants and landlords.
The Portland Mercury
January 16, 2017, 5am PST
A list of the ways cities will resist the anti-urban politics of the populist movements represented by President-elect Donald Trump and Brexit.
CityLab
January 15, 2017, 11am PST
California's recent rains brought relief to a large part of the water-starved state, but another drought of a political nature hasn't seen relief—the will of coastal municipalities to permit more housing. Brown outlined a way for new funding.
Streetsblog California