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Economic Stimulus

May 26, 2020, 6am PDT
The U.S. House of Representatives approved the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act earlier this month. Transit advocates say the bill reinforces the car-centric status quo.
Streetsblog USA
May 18, 2020, 7am PDT
U.S. transit agencies are hemorrhaging money as the majority of riders avoid trains and buses. People still need public transit, and public transit needs help to weather the storm.
Smart Cities Dive
May 17, 2020, 11am PDT
The city of Berkeley is pursuing an aggressive plan to open the streets for outdoor dining as an economic development tool for local commercial businesses.
Eater San Francisco
May 13, 2020, 10am PDT
Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) International Director Carl Muhlstein offers his outlook for what lies ahead in real estate and shares insight on the political tug-of-war between landlords and renters in the struggle for relief and protection.
The Planning Report
May 6, 2020, 7am PDT
France is proposing a momentous step toward clean transportation.
International Railway Journal
May 3, 2020, 11am PDT
The changes coming to the construction industry to protect the safety and health of workers during the pandemic could stay in place for the foreseeable future.
Smart Cities Dive
April 29, 2020, 11am PDT
New construction projects are still on hold, but the state of Washington is allowing some projects to restart under strict health and safety guidelines.
The Urbanist
April 29, 2020, 7am PDT
The Lithuanian capital city of Vilnius has taken an incredible step in reopening for business while requiring strict social distancing practices.
The Guardian
Blog post
April 28, 2020, 8am PDT
While some cities and states have prohibited all construction during the first few months of the pandemic, other locations are leaning on construction projects as a source of employment and improvements during tough times.
Kayla Matthews
March 15, 2020, 5am PDT
As recessions fears grow, discussions about increasing the level of federal spending on infrastructure projects also grow.
Eno Center for Transportation
September 11, 2017, 1pm PDT
According to a recent market report, an ease in rising housing prices could be ready to spread from Europe to the more of the world.
Bloomberg BusinessWeek
October 24, 2014, 10am PDT
Despite a veto by Governor Jerry Brown, California’s Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins should keep trying to pass legislation to encourage preservation, says Bay area preservation architect Jerri Holan.
UrbDeZine
July 27, 2013, 5am PDT
President Obama used a tour of Jaxport to promote infrastructure investment, e.g. accommodating larger ships and intermodal cargo transfer to trains to stimulate the economy and increase employment, and maybe convert some Republicans to the cause.
The New York Times - Politics
August 24, 2012, 6am PDT
A series of massive urban stimulus plans have been announced recently by several Chinese cities. Economists are split on whether the projects can speed up the country's growth rate and accommodate the influx of urban migrants, reports Chris Oliver.
The Wall Street Journal
Blog post
March 29, 2010, 11am PDT

Planning magazine recently (December 2009) published a story on the benefits of economic impact studies for planners. Most professional planners have run across them at one point or another: they are used to evaluate economic impact and the effectives of various types of programs on job creation. Unfortunately, the article did little to also illuminate the pitfalls and weaknesses of these studies.

Samuel Staley
February 21, 2010, 7am PST
Metropolitan region's make up a major part of the U.S. in terms of population and economic activity. Accordingly, the Brookings Institution was surprised to see how little of the government's first year stimulus package went to those areas.
The New Republic
February 19, 2010, 11am PST
About one-third of the federal government's $787 billion economic stimulus has actually been spent over the last year. During the next year, much of the focus of the remainder will be on infrastructure projects.
The Wall Street Journal
January 27, 2010, 11am PST
Designers in Portland, Oregon are preparing to unveil a vertical garden on a federal building that would climb 250 feet up the side of the building.
MSNBC
January 8, 2010, 8am PST
California stimulus projects and job creation are being delayed by a state office tasked with reviewing federally-funded construction projects to prevent adverse affects on historic sites, according to a new report.
The Sacramento Bee
Feature
December 31, 2009, 10am PST

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