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L.A. Planning Department Adjusts to State Housing Laws

Los Angeles Director of Planning Vince Bertoni was recently interviewed the effects of new state planning and housing laws in the state’s most populous city.

January 3 - The Planning Report

San Diego Waterfront

Opinion: To Meet Climate Goals, San Diego Must Improve Bike Infrastructure

The city wants to drastically reduce carbon emissions, but bike advocates argue it has not done enough to make biking and walking in the city safer and more convenient.

January 3 - San Diego Magazine

Single-family homes in a suburb of Dallas, Texas

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Is Exclusionary Zoning a Good Thing?

Some commentators defend exclusionary suburban zoning on the ground that it makes affluent suburbanites more willing to pay for public services. But does exclusion create losers?

January 3 - Michael Lewyn

The San Francisco Bay Area is visible from San Carlos, across the bay to the East Bay. Mount Diablo looms in the background.

California Continues its Losing Streak

California's population continued to shrink for a third consecutive year according to the U.S. Census Bureau's population estimates for the year ending July 2022, but business columnist Jonathan Lansner saw glimmers of hope in the data.

January 3 - The Mercury News

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Rising Costs Threaten TxDOT’s $85 Billion Highway-Building Plans

Texas Transportation Commissioners must have a hangover—backing off its highway building ambitions just a few months after approving the $85 billion Unified Transportation Plan in August 2022.

January 3 - Houston Chronicle


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Hometown Bike Share Company to Launch in Youngstown

A Black-led, family-owned company is bringing e-bikes to the Ohio town.

January 3 - Next City

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Urban Population Shrinks After Census Definition Change

The U.S. Census Bureau raised the bar for communities to qualify as urban areas.

January 3 - U.S. Census Bureau


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Complaint Blames Bay Delta Ecological Crisis on Racism

Advocates hope to enlist the federal government in forcing state regulators to set clean water standards for the San Francisco Bay Delta.

January 2 - Stocktonia

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Why California’s Power Lines Take So Long to Build

The years-long permitting process for new transmission lines is slowing the state’s shift to clean energy.

January 2 - Governing

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D.C. Nonprofit Aims to Preserve Affordable Housing

A luxury apartment building acquired by the Washington Housing Conservancy will be converted into 212 rent-stabilized housing units for middle-income workers.

January 2 - WTOP

Construction Worker

The Infrastructure Sector Is Bleeding Workers

With an aging workforce and few new workers entering the sector, cities could find themselves short of the workers needed to build and maintain projects funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

January 2 - Route Fifty

An electric bicycle is shown with the legs of a human who is riding the e-bike.

Transportation Predictions for 2023

Seventeen transportation experts and professionals weigh in on what they think trends in the sector will look like in 2023.

January 1 - The Verge

Large numbers of young people, some wearing and masks and others note, walk around an outdoor shopping mall in Southern California.

Five Takeaways From California’s 2022 Demographic Changes

California’s recent population losses could provide an opportunity for state leaders to address the challenges facing the state.

January 1 - Mercury News

Row Houses at 48th between Walton and Cedar, West Philadelphia

New Short-Term Rental Rules to Take Effect in Philadelphia

The new rules are an attempt to get a handle on the short-term rental industry, which, due in part to little enforcement of existing regulations, has yielded ‘bad actors.’

January 1 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

New York Housing

Op-Ed: New York Needs a Needs a Housing Breakthrough

The region has taken some steps to address the critical housing shortage, but alleviating the crisis requires a more comprehensive, statewide effort to build new housing, increase affordability, and prevent displacement.

January 1 - City and State New York

Los Angeles Grand Park

Public-Private Partnerships Needed to Create More Parks in Downtown Los Angeles

A new report calls for an increase in public-private partnerships (P3s) to help create and enhance parks projects throughout Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA).

December 30 - LA Downtown News

Church

Op-Ed: Let Churches Build Housing

The ‘Yes in God’s Backyard’ movement could get a boost from a proposed bill in the California state legislature.

December 30 - Los Angeles Times

Jersey City

Jersey City: A Vision Zero Success Story

The city has gone a full year with no traffic deaths while road violence in the rest of the country continues to grow.

December 30 - Bloomberg CityLab

New York City Subway

New York Subway Surpasses 1 Billion Riders for the First Time Since 2019

There’s still a long way to go for the nation’s busiest transit system to get back to pre-pandemic ridership levels, but New Yorkers crossed at least one symbolic threshold in 2022.

December 30 - AMNY

The interior of a Tesla, with a large video screen. The person behind the wheel is touching the screen.

Tesla Banned From Using ‘Full Self-Driving’ Name in California

On the heels of multiple crashes and a federal investigation, a state law bars the company from calling their software Full Self-Driving to avoid misleading consumers about the need for driver assistance.

December 29 - PC Magazine

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