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April 16, 2015

Returning to the Exurbs - Teresa Wiltz, Stateline

Dawsonville, Ga. — Winding up Route 400, a good 40 minutes' north of Atlanta's traffic-snarled freeways, are miles of farmhouses, interspersed with mobile homes, McMansi...

April 14, 2015

The Case for Driverless Trains - Eric Jaffe, CityLab

Automatic train control returned to the Red Line on Washington, D.C.'s Metrorail system today, following years of infrastructure upgrades that occurred in the wake of a deadly...

April 13, 2015

Tree Cover and Environmental Justice - Kirsten Schwarz et al., PLOS ONE

April 13, 2015

The Trouble With Megaprojects - Jacques Leslie, New Yorker

Until last Monday, when engineers began hoisting its two-thousand-ton cutterhead to the surface, Bertha, the world’s largest tunnel-boring machine, was stuck a hundred and tw...

April 11, 2015

Where the White People Live - Alana Semuels, CityLab

Last summer, the Michigan town of Grosse Pointe Park erected a farmer's market in the middle of one of the few remaining streets that allowed cars to pass between the ton...

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April 10, 2015

Speed Limits: 25 Is Far Safer Than 35 - Bill Lindeke, Streets.MN

Compromise is the hallmark of politics, so when it comes to street design, it’s tempting to dole out design features like treats to unruly children: a new crosswalk for you, a dr...

April 9, 2015

Detroit Could Be the Next Silicon Valley - Bruce Katz, Fortune

Historically, the economies of Detroit and Silicon Valley couldn’t look more different: the Motor City has long been known as a hub for manufacturing and the auto industry, w...

April 9, 2015

More Isn't Merrier in Crowded Cities - Froma Harrop, Creators

New York and San Francisco are expensive places to live. That's a big problem for the nation because these cities are centers for the booming knowledge economy. High housing costs ...

April 8, 2015

Does Mass Transit Reduce Carbon Emissions? - Bobby Magill, Quartz

There’s no way to drive around it: Commuting to work behind the steering wheel emits carbon dioxide and contributes to climate change....

April 8, 2015

America's Most Walkable Cities - Richard Florida, CityLab

In an announcement that will surprise no one, Walk Score, the company that produces the go-to metric for walkable cities, has once again ranked New York as the number one most...

April 6, 2015

Amtrak's History of Wasted Subsidies - Matthew Sabas, Economics 21

Congressional Republicans were elected on a platform of cutting spending, but taxpayers will continue to pay for Amtrak’s losses for at least 5 more years if a bill that just...

April 6, 2015

California's Wealthy Cities Aren't Conserving Water - Shyong et al., LAT

There are few signs of California’s epic drought along a stretch of Maple Drive in Beverly Hills....

April 6, 2015

Strong People, Strong Cities - Aaron M. Renn, City Journal

Among those who study cities, “resilience” has become a hot topic, in part because of a major push from the left-leaning Rockefeller Foundation. This association with t...

April 4, 2015

The Wealth of Cities - Matthew Mitchell, Library of Law & Liberty

Capital, in the 21st century, has a bad rap. Many say that because it is the source of “passive income,” it does nothing but pad the pockets of the idle rich, driv...

April 3, 2015

This City Is the Future of Health Care - U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Residents of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, are proud of their city for a lot of reasons (see here). If you ask local public officials, they’re especially proud of the huge strid...

April 2, 2015

Growing Distance Between People, Jobs - Kneebone & Holmes, Brookings

Proximity to employment can influence a range of economic and social outcomes, from local fiscal health to the employment prospects of residents, particularly low-income and minori...

April 2, 2015

A Case Study in Flawed Street Design - Eric Jaffe, CityLab

The above picture shows an example of citizen-led, "tactical" urbanism on a street in Stapleton, Colorado, a neighborhood just outside downtown Denver. A local resident has parked ...

April 1, 2015

Why Is U.S. Infrastructure So Expensive? - Gordon & Schleicher, RCPolicy

With the nation's Highway Trust Fund projected to go broke at the end of this summer and Congress unable to agree on a permanent fix, it is an opportune time to reex...

April 1, 2015

Alcohol Taxes Prevent Crashes - American Journal of Public Health

Increasing state alcohol taxes could prevent thousands of deaths a year from car crashes, say University of Florida Health researchers, who found alcohol-related motor vehicle cras...

March 31, 2015

Why Teens Crash Their Cars - AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

In this study, we conducted a large-scale comprehensive examination of naturalistic data from crashes that involved teenage drivers. Other naturalistic studies have investigated on...

March 31, 2015

Some Cities Are More Unequal - Alan Berube, Brookings Institution

More than five years after the end of the Great Recession, and three years since the Occupy movement took on Wall Street, high and growing levels of income inequality continue to a...

March 31, 2015

Why Gentrification Matters - Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View

So what's wrong with gentrification?...

March 30, 2015

Shifting Ideas of Pilot Fitness - Erica Goode & Jad Mouawad, New York Times

Aviation agencies in Europe and the United States once banned all pilots from flying if they disclosed a mental illness to their employers....

March 30, 2015

Atlantic City on the Brink of Disaster - Liz Farmer, Governing

Financially beleaguered Atlantic City is at risk of defaulting on millions in debt, a new credit analysis warned Thursday....

March 28, 2015

Americans Love Big Hot Suburbs - Derek Thompson, The Atlantic

The new Census population estimates are out today, and only two metros added more than 100,000 people between July 2013 and July 2014. Houston and Dallas—both in Texas....

March 27, 2015

Suburban Sprawl Is Stifling the Economy - Danielle Kurtzleben, Vox

As the nation's metro areas grow ever larger, the sprawling suburbs can come with all sorts of problems: endless commutes, growing pollution, and unwalkable neighborhoods, to name ...

March 25, 2015

America Needs a Rational Transit Policy - Wendell Cox, Heritage Foundation

More than three decades ago, federal legislation was enacted to transfer money from highway user fees to mass transit, such as subways and buses. The diversion is so substantial th...

March 23, 2015

How Activists Are Fighting Evictions - Alexis Stephens, Next City

As the term ‘gentrification’ loses its power over time through overuse and ambiguity, housing and neighborhood advocates are pointing to the dual crises of displacement...

March 21, 2015

The Case for Private Roads - Sven Werner, Americans for Tax Reform

If a state owned road is closed, why not build your own? That’s exactly what English businessman Mike Watts did. But just how is that possible, without the government?...

March 17, 2015

Houston: America's Fastest Growing Metropolis - The Economist

FOR a view of Houston’s economy, get in a car. At the intersection of the Loop and Freeway 225, two motorways in the south-east of the city, you drive over a high, tangled ov...

March 11, 2015

A Record Year for Mass Transit? - Eric Jaffe, CityLab

The saying about a Monet—that's it's lovely from afar but messy up close—also applies to the annual ridership statistics released by the American Public Transportation Associat...

March 9, 2015

Are Cars Driving Into the Sunset? A Symposium - Zocalo

On a typical Saturday night in the 1970s, Whittier Boulevard in East L.A. would have been thumping with lowriders–those lacquered, richly colored sedanswith chassis that...

March 7, 2015

Are Millennials Flocking to Urban Cores? - Wendell Cox, New Geography

Yes, millennials are moving to the urban cores but not in significant numbers when view from the context of larger city (metropolitan area) trends. That's the updated story, based ...

March 7, 2015

Three Cities Dance With Rent Control - Alexis Stephens, Next City

While tax subsidies like the low-income housing tax credit have become the first thing people think about when they hear the words “affordable housing,” municipal rent ...

March 6, 2015

Is Our Transportation System Racist? - Kevin D. Williamson, NRO

Corinne Ramey, a freelance writer working in collaboration with the Nation Institute, has published a long and deeply reported account of the deficiencies in the U.S. transportatio...

February 25, 2015

Why Are Developers Still Building Sprawl? - Alana Semuels, CityLab

A decade ago, home builders put up thousands of new spacious stucco homes in the desert here, with marble countertops, ample square footage, and walk-in kitchen cupboards....

February 24, 2015

The Most Economically Segregated Cities - Richard Florida, CityLab

The geographical sorting of Americans by income, education and socio-economic class is growing. A 2012 report by the Pew Research Center [PDF] found that the segregation ...

February 23, 2015

Reforming Transportation Policy - Emily Goff, Heritage Foundation

Ensuring that America’s transportation system gets back on track will require federal and state action to achieve reforms in a number of areas, including surface transportati...

February 23, 2015

Why It's Hard to Punish Pedestrian-Killing Drivers - Henry Grabar, Salon

What makes it hard to walk in your city?...

February 21, 2015

The Most Expensive Public Works Project in U.S. History - The Week

What will the bullet train do?...

February 20, 2015

A Small Change to Make Trucking More Efficient - Karen Kerrigan, SBEC

Moving massive quantities of goods to store shelves, or parts and equipment to manufacturers, is a complex undertaking. Improvements to the process, even the smallest efficiencies,...

February 19, 2015

Road Rage on the Rise - Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post

As a barometer of highway rage these numbers are a drastic undercount: they include only fatal accidents, not non-fatal ones. (Cases like the one in Nevada also wouldn't be include...

February 19, 2015

The Wrong Way to Revitalize a City - Rachel M. Cohen, In These Times

The pro-corporate American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has come up with yet another strategy to bolster the power of big business. Republican lawmakers in Michigan plan to ...

February 17, 2015

Car-Free Cities Are a Ways Off Yet - Mike Maciag, Governing

Jersey City, N.J., experimented with closing a few blocks of downtown to traffic this past fall. The densely populated city across the Hudson River from New York wanted to create a...

February 17, 2015

The Miracle of Minneapolis - Derek Thompson, The Atlantic

If the American dream has not quite shattered as the Millennial generation has come of age, it has certainly scattered. Living affordably and trying to climb higher than ...

February 13, 2015

Washington's Boom Goes Bust - Annie Lowrey, New York Magazine

If you have read the papers in the past few years, you have probably heard how Washington, our capital city, came to resemble Panem from The ...

February 12, 2015

We Need the Transportation Empowerment Act - Dan Holler, Heritage Action

The Transportation Empowerment Act would empower states by allowing them to keep and control their gasoline tax revenues, set their infrastructure priorities, control their tr...

February 11, 2015

Drivers' Alcohol and Drug Use: A Survey - NHTSA

The nation’s decades-long campaign to combat drunk driving continues to make our roads safer, but use of marijuana and prescription drugs is increasingly prominent on the hig...

May 3, 2013

Pressured by Congress, States Picking Up Amtrak Subsidies

May 1, 2013

Obama Knocks Republicans Over Poor U.S. Airport Rankings

April 30, 2013


April 30, 2013

Obama Announces Charlotte Mayor Fox as Transportation Pick

March 1, 2013

Amtrak: Record Traffic in 2012

February 25, 2013

Virginia GOP Governor Raises Taxes for Transportation Plans

February 20, 2013

Congress Looks for Road Funds

February 13, 2013

Ray LaHood Defends Obama's Passenger Rail Plans