April 27, 2010, 11am PDT
Democrats in congress are trying to divert some federal bailout money to cities and counties, where job losses are crippling municipal services.
April 24, 2010, 7am PDT
This post from <em>The New Republic</em> explains how the federal budget includes plans to upgrade some of the varied parts that track statistics in the country.
April 8, 2010, 9am PDT
When Charlotte's new light rail line opened, it vastly exceeded anticipated ridership figures. As the city plans an extension of the system, the federal government is revising how it distributes funding to avoid making the same mistake again.
March 30, 2010, 6am PDT
Utah Governor Gary Herbert has approved two eminent domain bills that seek to give the state rights to seize property now owned by the federal government. Officials concede the fight will be hard to win.
March 29, 2010, 12pm PDT
Federal officials are looking at an unlikely city as a model for urban public transit: Los Angeles.
March 24, 2010, 6am PDT
The Federal government has scrapped plans to make Nevada's Yucca Mountain the nation's main storage facility for nuclear waste, which raises the question: where will the waste go?
The Christian Science Monitor
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.
February 17, 2010, 11am PST
Sustainability is going federal through a new collaboration between HUD, EPA and DOT. Anthony Flint takes a look at the new coordinated effort and some of the challenges it faces.
February 3, 2010, 7am PST
<em>National Journal</em> asks its panel of transportation experts whether the Obama Administration's recent announcement of high-speed rail funding projects is really a wise investment.
February 2, 2010, 5am PST
The Obama Administration is including a $4 billion plan to create a national infrastructure bank as part of its 2011 federal budget proposal.
February 1, 2010, 1pm PST
As part of a $133 million renovation of a federal building in Portland, the Government Services Administration plans to add 200-foot high "vegetated fins" that will carpet the building with plants and - hopefully - energy savings.
January 29, 2010, 5am PST
Twitter, iPhones, and new sites like SeeClickFix make it increasingly easy for citizens and governments to communicate. Along with newly available data sets, these "Gov 2.0" apps may signal a new era of active citizens and responsive governments.
January 22, 2010, 6am PST
The U.S. Federal Government has released a new online tool to help in the collection of feedback and ideas from the general public.
January 19, 2010, 8am PST
America's transportation system is in trouble, according to many experts. But action at the congressional level doesn't seem to recognize the importance of the problem, writes Neal Peirce.
January 6, 2010, 7am PST
A federal plan aimed at helping 3 to 4 million homeowners on the verge of foreclosure has fallen far short of expectations, enabling only about 31,000 loan modifications.
The Washington Independent
January 2, 2010, 9am PST
<em>Change Observer</em> interviews Casey Jones, the director of design excellence and the arts for the U.S. General Services Administration about green building and sustainability in urban design.
December 5, 2009, 9am PST
New legislation looks to boost the federal government's investment in urban parks for the first time in eight years.
November 30, 2009, 2pm PST
Some mayors say the Obama Administration's urban agenda concentrates too much power at the state level.
November 9, 2009, 10am PST
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is both a local challenge and a global imperative, says Rohit Aggarwala, the director of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability for New York City.
November 5, 2009, 11am PST
Richard Moe, longtime president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has announced his retirement. His tenure brought about a major change in the way the group interacts with the federal government to preserve the nation's historic sites.