Los Angeles Little Tokyo

The Four Horsemen of the 'Fiscal' Apocalypse

Rick Cole identifies the Four Horsemen of the 'Fiscal' Apocalypse: Cratering Revenue, Neglected Infrastructure, Pension Debt, and Community Need, as heralds ushering the reinvention of city services to meet the needs of today’s urban realities.

May 5, 2020 - The Planning Report

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Annual Transit Shortfall Estimated at $26 Billion-$38 Billion

The realities of the coronavirus are most obvious in the declining ridership, and revenues, on public transit in the United States, but it's not enough to shut down public transit when so many people depend on safe, healthy service.

March 23, 2020 - TransitCenter

Highway Construction

Cruising for a Bruising: City Revenues Slowing, Expenditures Speeding

A report on the fiscal conditions of cities sounds alarms about potential challenges ahead.

September 22, 2018 - Governing


New Linkage Fee Approved in South San Francisco

The city of South San Francisco recently approved a linkage fee for commercial developments, following the lead of a few other cities that have decided on linkage fees as a similar mechanism to fund affordable housing.

August 14, 2018 - The Daily Journal

Boston transit station

Court Throws Out Massachusetts 'Millionaire Tax'

The failed "Fair Share Amendment" would have taxed the wealthy to pay for transportation and education.

June 20, 2018 - WBUR

Seattle, Washington

The 'Head Tax' Failed in Seattle; Cities Still Want the Tax to Support Housing, Transit

If your city was home to some of the wealthiest, largest companies in the country, would you tax them to raise money for more housing and transit service?

June 13, 2018 - The Seattle Times

Cincinnati Streetcar

Revenue Projections Falling Short for Cincinnati's Streetcar

The city of Cincinnati is scrambling to cover the difference on a shortfall of funding from a voluntary tax incentive contribution agreement (VTICA) system set up to support the Cincinnati Bell Connector.

June 5, 2018 - Cincinnati Business Courier

Portland Bike Safety Signage

Oregon Could Expand its Bike Tax

The state of Oregon is already tinkering with a bike tax it approved last year.

March 1, 2018 - Bike Portland

Bay Bridge Toll Traffic

A Few Thoughts on Transportation Funding

Here are a few transportation-related facts that might have slipped through the cracks in the current political debate regarding infrastructure spending.

February 21, 2018 - Steven Polzin

Homeless Services

Sales Tax, Not Property Tax, Preferred Funding Tool for Seattle's Homeless Crisis

Seattle's King County is home to an estimated 10,000 unsheltered homeless people. Local officials are trying to figure out how to raise the funds to address the crisis.

April 6, 2017 - KUOW

A Preview of the Cincinnati Streetcar: Expected to Open Sept. 1

The Cincinnati City Council is considering a budget for the eagerly anticipated Cincinnati Streetcar this week, revealing new details about the expected opening and early operations of the system.

April 12, 2016 - Cincinnati Business Courier

Missouri Still Searching for Transportation Funding Answers

New leadership at the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is redoubling efforts to find new sources of revenue for the state's transportation funding deficit.

January 28, 2016 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Where D.C.'s Metro Brings in the Most Money

A newly released map shows which stations in the Metrorail system bring in the most revenue for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (D.C. Metro).

April 16, 2015 - Washington City Paper

For Amtrak, Short Trips Are Route to Profitability

A new report from the Brookings Institution delves into the ridership and financial winners (and losers) for America's largest intercity rail operator. Last year, Amtrak made money on its 26 routes shorter than 400 miles.

March 1, 2013 - The Washington Post

Shedding Light on the Creeping Costs of Sprawl

Studies comparing tax revenues from a per-acre perspective show significant gains for municipalities with dense, mixed-use development.

September 15, 2010 - New Urban Network

How Cities Can Take Advantange of Their Data

Public data can be more than information for cities. Some have even used it to help generate revenue.

June 14, 2010 - Next American City

Are Red-Light Tickets Another Revenue Source?

The mayor of the southernmost city Key West, Morgan McPherson, says catching red-light runners is a good way to raise revenue during tough times.

June 12, 2009 - Florida Keys Keynoter

Lowering Transit Fares and Raising Revenue

Unlike the public transit systems of many other cities, Rochester, New York, recently lowered its fares -- and they've got a budget surplus to boot. But to maintain this economic rarity, service has been reduced.

September 22, 2008 - Nate Berg

Parking Violations Could Generate $100 Million for San Francisco

San Francisco is considering a plan to boost its fees for parking violations -- a move that could end up bringing in a total of $100 million in revenues from the pockets of illegal parkers.

April 7, 2008 - The San Francisco Chronicle

Best Ideas of the Week

Another week has passed, and some more exciting and interesting ideas have taken root in the world of urban planning.

April 4, 2008 - Nate Berg

Top Books

An annual review of books related to planning.

Top Websites

The best of the Internet—since 2002.

Top Apps

Planning apps for a brave new world.

Top Schools

The definitive ranking of graduate planning programs.

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.