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June 11, 2019, 11am PDT
A sweeping reform of Seattle's current accessory dwelling unit (ADU) rules is currently underway. Proposed legislation sets the stage for an ADU boom to potentially match Vancouver and Portland.
The Urbanist
October 11, 2018, 7am PDT
It received a lot of press, but ultimately California's Senate Bill 827 went nowhere. Now, the state senator who introduced the bill is working with advocates who opposed it on another version that just might have better chances.
Curbed Los Angeles
September 25, 2018, 10am PDT
The American Housing and Economic Mobility Act probably has no chance of passing into law, but it's still the most substantial gesture toward housing policy by a member of Congress since the subprime crisis of 2008.
The Atlantic
October 9, 2017, 5am PDT
Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) have introduced bicameral, not bipartisan legislation to fund smart cities programs.
Smart Cities Dive
January 5, 2016, 9am PST
The backlash against the use of red light cameras has legislative backing in the Missouri State legislature.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 29, 2015, 9am PDT
With Congressional budget negotiations ongoing in Washington, New Orleans home builders, policy makers, and low-income residents are hoping that the HOME Investment Partnership program comes out unscathed.
The Times-Picayune
July 13, 2014, 1pm PDT
In another example of Los Angeles slowly unraveling itself from prior legislation that hinder its transit goals, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that will allow light rail construction in the San Fernando Valley.
Los Angeles Times
November 20, 2012, 12pm PST
In the latest entry in a series on informal urban livelihoods, Sally Roever of WIEGO provides insight into how planners can better understand, acknowledge and manage street vending through the development of appropriate policies and best practices.
The Global Urbanist
June 18, 2011, 5am PDT
House Transportation Committee Chairman John Mica has proposed a bill to privatize Northeast Corridor rail operations. This post from <em>Pedestrian Observations</em> looks at what such a plan would mean.
Pedestrian Observations
June 23, 2010, 6am PDT
Mortgage debt is crippling the housing market all over the country, and the homeowners who've taken on more debt than they can afford. Now, real estate interests and banking interests are battling over legislation intended to ease the pain.
The New York Times
June 3, 2010, 8am PDT
<em>National Journal</em> asks its panel of transportation experts whether mass transit agencies really deserve $2 billion in emergency operating aid.
National Journal
February 26, 2010, 8am PST
This post from <em>GOOD</em> looks at a bill from California state senator Alan Lowenthal that seeks to incentivize cities into reforming their parking rules.
Good
February 15, 2010, 9am PST
The projects receiving funding through the federal government's roughly $8 billion high speed rail investment travel through more than 40% of congressional districts. Analysts predict this will encourage more legislators to push for related funds.
The New York Times
January 20, 2010, 10am PST
Lawmakers in Alabama are considering a plan to withdraw $1 billion from a state investment fund to pay for road and transportation projects in the state. It's a move proponents say will create jobs, but opponents worry about diverting those funds.
The Birmingham News
December 30, 2009, 8am PST
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has ordered the revision of a forecasting model related to congressional climate legislation that makes the conversion of farmland to forests more lucrative than producing food.
The Washington Times
July 26, 2009, 11am PDT
In an interview, Rep. Jim Oberstar gives a retrospective of American infrastructure funding and talks about the need to consider transportation in light of the "post-interstate era."
PBS: Blueprint America
July 20, 2009, 7am PDT
Legislators in Oregon are making moves to allow residents to reuse graywater.
The Statesman Journal
July 3, 2009, 1pm PDT
As a power struggle between legislators in New York drags on, statutes in the state are expiring, leaving many cities with procedural headaches and tied hands.
The New York Times
Blog post
March 31, 2009, 8am PDT

As you may have heard in yesterday's Planetizen Podcast, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine doesn't like cul-de-sacs.

Most news reports on the story have claimed that the state is "forbidding," "banning," or even "outlawing" the cul-de-sac. In fact, Virginia municipalities can still design, build, and approve any road patterns they wish, but the State will no longer agree to foot the bill for the ongoing maintenance of cul-de-sacs. The news item came up in a staff meeting yesterday and one colleague told us that a friend he was having dinner with declared the move "Un-American!"

Jess Zimbabwe
December 4, 2008, 6am PST
Clearly it has aroused enormous excitement and hope amongst California's smart growth advocates, but the new anti-sprawl, greenhouse gas-reducing law, SB 375, may do more in the tone it sets than in the changes its supporters hope it makes.
San Francisco Chronicle