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Opinion: The Arrogance of Social Media Urbanists

Criticism of ‘bad’ urban design and development policies leveled at ‘planners’ often obscures the complex nature of urban politics and land use regulations.

October 17, 2023 - Christopher Holtkamp

Oil well pump jack sillhouetted against a colorful sunset sky in California's San Joaquin Valley

Holding Oil Companies Accountable for California's High Fuel Prices

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law a first-in-the-nation bill that would penalize California's oil refineries for excessive profits. Will it lower the state's highest-in-the-nation fuel prices?

April 4, 2023 - San Francisco Chronicle

Self-driving white and red Cruise vehicle (Chevy Bolt body) in San Francisco with cyclist following behind

San Francisco Officials Detail Self-Driving Car ‘Mayhem’ in Letter to State

In the worst version of the autonomous future, San Francisco firefighters have to fight off a self-driving car that crashed into their equipment during a fire, prompting calls for stricter regulations.

February 9, 2023 - San Francisco Chronicle

Small autonomous bus vehicle in Helsinki, Finland

Opinion: Regulation Must Precede the Mass Rollout of Autonomous Cars

The time to craft a comprehensive set of regulations governing safety, privacy, accessibility, and equity is now.

November 14, 2022 - Next City

View from inside driver's seat of car with autonomous technology, with yellow rectangles highlighting obstacles in road

NACTO Fights Autonomous Vehicle Safety Exemptions

Two major automakers have petitioned for the right to test thousands of vehicles without major safety features such as brake pedals and steering wheels.

September 28, 2022 - Streetsblog USA

Watch: How the Road Got Rules

A video explains the origin of the right of way concept that controls the flow of traffic through the public realm.

March 2, 2020 - City Beautiful

Autonomous Vehicles

California Clears the Way for Autonomous Delivery Vehicles

Safety driver not included.

December 23, 2019 - Smart Cities Dive

Scooter Citations

State Preemption and Electric Scooters

The great battle between local control and state preemption shifts focus again in California. This time micromobility, electric scooters and the like, are on the front line of the conflict.

May 21, 2019 - CityLab


Electric Scooters Less Common in Low-Income Neighborhoods, Despite Local Regulations

Regulations for the operation of electric scooter share in Columbus, Ohio require companies to distribute scooter in low-income neighborhoods. The companies haven't been living up to their part of the deal.

May 14, 2019 - The Columbus Dispatch

Uber Dumbo

New Regulations Grind Hiring to a Halt for Uber and Lyft

The New York City set standards for transportation network companies, and now those companies are being a lot more selective about who they hire as drivers.

April 30, 2019 - Politico

Chicago Harbor, City Skyline, Illinois

Comprehensive Building Code Update Approved in Chicago

Chicago's new building code is hailed as a major achievement for the city, labor unions, and the construction and development industries in the city.

April 12, 2019 - MAPS

Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati Ponders Short-Term Rental Regulations

Controversies short-circuited similar legislation in 2018, but the Cincinnati City Council is taking up the issues surrounding short-term rentals again this year.

March 28, 2019 - WVXU Cincinnati

Atlanta, Georgia

Tree Ordinance Update Almost Done, Atlanta Residents Want Better Enforcement of Existing Rules

Atlanta has wanted to update its tree ordinance since 2014.

January 24, 2019 - SaportaReport

111 West 57th St

Regulations on 'Mechanical Voids' in Luxury Residential Towers Coming Soon to NYC

The city is responding to controversies surrounding building practices that boost heights of luxury residential towers, while leaving big sections of the buildings empty.

January 24, 2019 - Crain's New York Business

Los Angeles Density

L.A. Adopts Strict Short-Term Rental Regulations

The Los Angeles City Council approved significant new regulation of short-term rentals, available on platforms like Airbnb, earlier this week.

December 12, 2018 - Los Angeles Times

Dutch Fyra Train

Federal Railroad Administration Clears the Way for the Modern Era of Train Technology

New rules adopted by the Federal Railroad Administration will make it easier for commuter rail and inter-city rail systems to operate cheaper and more efficient trains.

November 27, 2018 - Streetsblog USA

Boston Ferry

Airbnb Suing Boston Over New Regulations

The front lines of the short-term rental wars shift to the city of Boston.

November 15, 2018 - The Boston Globe

San Diego

San Diego Rescinds Short-Lived Short-Term Rental Regulations

You could have rented a house on Airbnb for longer than the city of San Diego's new short-term rental regulations lasted. Now the city has to go back to the drawing board.

October 23, 2018 - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Short-Term Rentals

Local Resistance to Short-Term Rentals Goes National

As more cities grapple with the growth of short-term rentals, trends in regulation are beginning to emerge.

October 21, 2018 - Pew Stateline

Walkable DC

Proposed Short-Term Rental Regulations More Expansive Than Realized in D.C.

An estimated 80-90 percent of short-term rentals could be outlawed if a proposed bill passes in Washington, D.C.

October 15, 2018 - Greater Greater Washington

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