Regulation

Electric Car Charging Station

Los Angles Considering Electric Vehicle Requirement for Ride-Hailing Vehicles

Ambitious talk from the mayor of Los Angeles.

January 2, 2020 - Financial Times via Inside Climate News

Electric Scooter Joicer

Scooter Rides Aren't So Cheap Anymore

Although electric scooter rental companies won't confirm the reasoning behind price increases for scooter rides in the Washington, D.C. region, it's likely the same story will be repeated in other regions as well.

October 21, 2019 - The Washington Post

Environmental Justice

The Environmental and Public Health Toll of the Trump Administration

A bombshell series of stories details the environmental and health costs of many fo the Trump administration's industry friendly regulatory decisions.

December 27, 2018 - The New York Times

Dockless Bikeshare

Report Offers Strategies for Dockless Bike and Scooter Success

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy weighs in on the hottest topic in alternative transportation.

May 21, 2018 - Mashable

Civic Engagement

MacArthur Genius’s Mission: Enliven the Planning Process

Damon Rich wants constituents and professionals alike to get excited about the bureaucratic slog.

October 25, 2017 - Next City

Tailpipe

EPA Alleges Fiat Chrysler Cheated Tests Measuring Carbon Pumped Into Atmosphere

The U.S. government will sue Fiat Chrysler Automobiles over software that allowed cars to pass emissions tests while letting out more pollutants than would be allowed.

May 26, 2017 - The New York Times

Seattle Waterfront Condos

Rent Control: Illegal in Seattle Since 1981

For a long time now, rent control hasn't been an option to control housing prices in Washington state. Whether rent control works is another question entirely.

April 28, 2017 - KUOW

Litter

Bag Tax Making a Big Difference in Chicago, Study Finds

NYU study finds 30% decrease in use of disposable bags since the city of Chicago implemented a seven-cent tax on them.

April 28, 2017 - Next City

Modern high speed bullet train in China

New, Modern Regulations May Speed Trains

The Federal Railroad Administration will soon update regulations regarding U.S. trains, this could have major impact on the industry and train travel.

December 2, 2016 - Streetsblog

The gentrifying street-scape of the South Park neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles, California

Downtown L.A.'s Chinese Real Estate Cycle

Chinese developers are pouring money into high-rise housing projects in Los Angeles. But will these be pieds-a-terre for absent buyers? And how are developers dealing with the American regulatory environment?

September 29, 2016 - Los Angeles Times

Meter

Smarter Taxi and Ride-Hailing Policies

Taxis, including new ride hailing services, play unique and important roles in an efficient and equitable transport systems. Let's support them with smart policies.

June 27, 2016 - Todd Litman

Texas Suburb

Op-Ed: The Texas Miracle Won't Last

As economic migration continues to swell its population, Texas has been heralded by some as a new California. But Johnny Sanphillippo argues that the Lone Star State's boom just isn't sustainable.

June 22, 2016 - Strong Towns

Uber Protest

Uber and Lyft Could Be Ready to Exit Chicago, Too

After leaving Austin on the losing side of a regulatory battle, a licensing ordinance might push Uber and Lyft to end operations in Chicago.

May 27, 2016 - Chicago Sun-Times

Texas State Capitol building

Op-Ed: Why Uber Wasn't Welcome in Austin

In the spirit of civic self-congratulation, Austin resident Richard Parker writes about how the transportation network company giants canceled service after losing a referendum vote. He ascribes this victory to the city's enduring contrarian streak.

May 25, 2016 - The New York Times

City Study Finds Lots of Illegal Airbnb Listings in San Francisco

Despite Airbnb's promises to better regulate the hosts that use their site, and despite legislation approved a little over a year ago by the city, abuse of short-term rentals is rampant in San Francisco.

April 11, 2016 - Curbed SF

Austin Updates Small-Lot Amnesty Program

The city of Austin has approved land use regulation changes on one of those traditional hot button planning issues: small-lot developments.

March 31, 2016 - Curbed Austin

The Seat of Government

House Transportation Bill Misses Mark on Transit

Transit advocates have little good to say about the recently-passed Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act. While it doesn't cut transit funding, it does nothing to expedite transit-based solutions.

October 29, 2015 - Streetsblog Network

Republican Party Logo

Republican Attacks Shifting Focus Toward Cities

By focusing their criticism on the federal government, argues Jonathan Chait, Republicans fail to address the real problem: over-regulation on the state and local level.

October 26, 2015 - New York Magazine

Environmental Justice

The EPA's Lackluster Environmental Justice Record

The Center for Public Integrity has released a report criticizing the EPA's environmental justice competence. In only 12 cases has the agency taken official action on behalf of communities affected disproportionately by polluters.

August 20, 2015 - Next City

New York Won't Cap Number of Uber Drivers

This story broke, moved toward City Council action, then broke again—all in a New York minute.

July 23, 2015 - New York Times

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