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Transportation & Urban Policy

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...

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 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 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 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 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....

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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...

February 10, 2015

The Emerging New Aspirational Suburb - Aaron M. Renn, New Geography

Urban form in American cities is in a constant state of evolution. Until recent years, American suburbia was often built without an appreciation for future evolution. This has left...

February 9, 2015

The Future of Proprietary Cities - Mark Lutter, The Mitrailleuse

We live in the era of urbanization.  Currently 54% of the World’s population lives in cities, up from34% in 1960.  Such urbanization combined with politic...

February 7, 2015

The Suburbs That Are Growing Fastest - Jed Kolko, CityLab

Where is the U.S. growing fastest, in cities or suburbs? And within those broad categories, what kinds of neighborhoods are growing fastest? Knowing where population growth is...

January 31, 2015

Why Can't Public Transportation Be Free? - Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic

About 500 subway riders in Stockholm have an ingenious scheme to avoid paying fares. The group calls itself Planka.nu (rough translation: "dodge the fare now"), and they’ve b...

January 30, 2015

Is Detroit Open for Business? - Aaron M. Renn, City Journal

In November, federal judge Steven Rhodes approved Detroit’s reorganization plan, paving the way for the city’s exit from bankruptcy. The process of rebuilding the Motor City ph...

January 30, 2015

Atlantic City: Headed for Bankruptcy? - Liz Farmer, Governing

Atlantic City has struggled for years as the near-collapses of the gambling industry there has eroded its tax base. But recent events in America’s Playground, namely a super ...

January 27, 2015

Driverless Cars Could Make Traffic Worse - Eric Jaffe, CityLab

Safety is often celebrated as the biggest benefit of a world full of driverless cars, but two other presumed social improvements follow closely behind. One is that the te...

January 23, 2015

The Death of the Suburbs Is a Myth - Matthew Yglesias, Vox

One of my bold predictions for 2015 was that we would see the comeback of suburban sprawl, not so much as a phenomenon but as a cultural trope, as people gradually came t...

January 22, 2015

Minorities and the 'Slumburbs' - Kriston Capps, CityLab

The history goes something like this: White families left inner cities in droves during the white-flight era of the 1950s and 60s. Now they are returning to—have returned to&...

January 22, 2015

How to Sell Off a City - Rick Perlstein, In These Times

In June of 2013, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a new appointment to the city’s seven-member school board to replace billionaire heiress Penny Pritzker, who’d decamped...

January 21, 2015

Inequality and the Growth of Cities - Richard Florida, CityLab

There's no question growing inequality is one of the most significant challenges facing the United States today. And it's often most severe in the largest U.S. cities and metro are...

January 20, 2015

White Privilege on a Bicycle - Sarah Goodyear, CityLab

The other night, I was at a small party where I brought up the idea of bicycle registration. Should bicycle owners, I asked the man next to me, be required to register their bicycl...

January 16, 2015

Cities Where African-Americans Are Doing the Best - Joel Kotkin, Forbes

The U.S. may have its first black president, but these have not been the best of times for African-Americans. Recent shootings of unarmed black teenagers and the murder of two New ...

January 15, 2015

What to Do With a Dying Neighborhood - Alana Semuels, CityLab

There are hundreds of stories of failed subdivisions left empty by the housing bust, where homeowners are stuck staring into vacant lots of PVC pipes and weeds....

January 15, 2015

The Gentrification Myth - John Buntin, Slate

It started in Soho, then moved to Chelsea and the East Village. Riots in Tompkins Square in 1988 earned it some headlines but didn’t stop its creeping advance. It moved on to...

January 13, 2015

The Innovative DOT - Smart Growth America

State officials across the country are facing the same challenges. Revenues are falling and budgets are shrinking. Yet state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) have ambitious goa...

January 10, 2015

Why Cyclists Break Traffic Laws - Emily Badger, Washington Post

In full disclosure, I have scoffed the law while cycling. In my neighborhood at night, when there's no one around, I have rolled through a stop sign. I have paused at an intersecti...

January 8, 2015

The Poor Struggle in the Suburbs - Alana Semuels, CityLab

Every weekday around 3:15 p.m., a big, yellow school bus stops on Pelican Drive outside Norcross Extended Stay, near the intersection with Best Friend Drive....

January 7, 2015

Don't Boost Cities by Bashing the Suburbs - Joel Kotkin, New Geography

There is nothing like a trip to Washington, D.C., to show how out of touch America’s ruling classes have become. I was in the nation’s capital to appear on a panel for ...

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