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November 23, 2015

How to Decimate a City - Alana Semuels, The Atlantic

The neighborhood with the most concentrated poverty in America has Victorian-style homes with big porches, immaculate public parks, and tree-lined streets where children play. But ...

November 23, 2015

Deal-Making Behind the Silver Line - Emily Washington, Market Urbanism

In political transactions, players cannot make deals using dollars, but nonetheless they engage in trades to pursue their goals. Policymakers may engage in trades both with ot...

November 20, 2015

Modernizing Transportation Policy - David Levinson, CRN

On June 26, 1956, President Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act into law. As it began to develop, the new interstate system connected communities, moved traffic more quic...

November 13, 2015

San Francisco Needs to Get Denser - Justin Fox, Bloomberg View

The San Francisco Bay area is doing pretty great, economically speaking. The region is the global epicenter of the digital economy with an impressive array of innovative, fast-grow...

November 5, 2015

Like Suburbs? You'll Love Driverless Cars - Noah Smith, Bloomberg

Everybody seems to be excited about driverless cars. The technology is advancing rapidly, and major companies are racing to bring products to market. There are ...

November 4, 2015

So Much for the Death of Sprawl - Joel Kotkin, Forbes

It’s time to put an end to the urban legend of the impending death of America’s suburbs. With the aging of the millennial generation, and growing interest from minoriti...

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November 4, 2015

Self-Driving Cars Crash More - Schoettle & Sivak, University of Michigan

This study performed a preliminary analysis of the cumulative on-road safety record of selfdriving vehicles for three of the ten companies that are currently approved for such vehi...

October 28, 2015

America's Most Dangerous Intersections - David Yanofsky, CityLab

Waze, the navigation app, provided a list of the most dangerous intersections for pedestrians and cyclists in three cities. (Each city used its own metrics, described below.) Some ...

October 23, 2015

The Suburb That Tried To Kill the Car - T.R. Goldman, Politico Magazine

At first glance, downtown Evanston, Illinois, doesn’t look revolutionary—just another a gentrifying urban core with the obligatory Whole Foods, the local organic sustai...

October 19, 2015

Suing the Suburbs - S.E. Smith, In These Times

Diego Aguilar, 23, lives in Berkeley, Calif., and works at a music recognition technology company in Emeryville. Forty-six percent of his $2,400 monthly income goes to rent—t...

October 16, 2015

Fixing America's Roads: A Free Lunch - Lawrence Summers, Wash Post

There are many compelling arguments for increasing American infrastructure investment. Capital costs are exceptionally low. Construction labor is highly available. Materials costs ...

October 16, 2015

The Geography of Car Deaths in America - Richard Florida, CityLab

America is famously divided along many lines: red and blue states, high-income and low-income areas, educated and uneducated cities—the list goes on. But, startlingly, A...

October 7, 2015

Let States Build Their Own Highways - Veronique de Rugy, Reason

When Congress left town for the August recess, it did so without coming to an agreement on a long-term transportation bill. Instead, the president signed a three-month extension th...

October 2, 2015

America's Transportation Challenges - R. Richard Geddes, AEI

Politicians and civil engineers alike often refer to America’s immense surface transportation system as “our nation’s crumbling infrastructure.” Major ...

October 1, 2015

Driverless Cars Could Save 30K Lives a Year - Adrienne LaFrance, CityLab

If driverless cars deliver on their promise to eliminate the vast majority of fatal traffic accidents, the technology will rank among the most transformative public-health initiati...

September 30, 2015

Three 'White Elephant' Transportation Projects - Kevin DeGood, CAP

Three new briefs from the Center for American Progress analyze three infrastructure projects—or “white elephants”—that epitomize the worst of the United Sta...

September 19, 2015

Milwaukee: From Rust Belt to 'Coastal City' - Jen Kinney, Next City

When you think “water,” Milwaukee wants you to think, well, Milwaukee....

September 14, 2015

Ethics: Not a Big Problem for Driverless Cars - Adam Ozimek, Forbes

Skeptics of driverless cars have a variety of criticisms, from technical to demand based, but perhaps the most curious is the supposed ethical trolley problem it creates. While the...

September 1, 2015

How Cities Can Beat Wall Street - Saqib Bhatti, In These Times

In August 2014, the Los Angeles City Council debated whether to call for the renegotiation of the city’s financial deals. A report by the labor-community coalition Fix L.A. f...

August 31, 2015

Brain Gain in America's Shrinking Cities - Aaron M. Renn, Manhattan

America’s shrinking cities are widely viewed to be suffering from a “brain drain”—the flight of highly educated residents to other, more hospitable locales—that is crippl...

August 29, 2015

The Urban Mobility Scorecard - Texas A&M University

Findings in the 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard are drawn from traffic speed data collected by INRIX on 1.3 million miles of urban streets and highways, along with highway performanc...

August 28, 2015

Rethinking Traffic Congestion - Robert Puentes, Brookings Institution

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute recently unveiled their semi-regular report on urban traffic congestion. Chances are you read about it in your local news outlet....

August 24, 2015

Can Cars Use Half as Much Gas? - Kate Galbraith, Grist

One sunny Saturday in Stockton, Mary Serrano climbed into the driver’s seat of a bright-red, all-electric Chevrolet Spark. A retiree who normally drives a 20-year-old Toyota ...

August 13, 2015

What Will Become of America's Slums? - Alana Semuels, The Atlantic

Efforts to dismantle segregation may take resources away from some of the poorest communities, where investment is most needed....

August 10, 2015

Stench and the City: SF's Summer of Urine - Debra Saunders, SF Chronicle

As the city gets smellier and scarier, I wonder, how many suckers can one city find to pay that kind of money in a neighborhood so clearly on the edge?...

August 8, 2015

Compton, Revisited - Brentin Mock, CityLab

Rapper and producer Dr. Dre finally dropped his long-anticipated new album,Compton, which takes him back to his roots, the eponymous small city just south of Los Angeles. This is t...

August 7, 2015

Private and Profitable High Speed Rail - Jonathan Nelson, e21

As Americans head off for summer vacation, few plan to go by train. Travelling by train simply does not make sense for most people. But a private transportation company in Florida,...

August 6, 2015

Urban Buses Are Slowing Down - Daniel Hertz, City Observatory

Back in June, we catalogued how riders weren’t really abandoning buses—buses were abandoning their riders, with significant cuts to service in many metropolitan areas t...

August 4, 2015

The Evisceration of the Urban Middle Class - Joel Kotkin, Daily Beast

Few people have had more influence on thinking about cities than the late Jane Jacobs....

August 3, 2015

Black Flight to the Suburbs - William H. Frey, Brookings Institution

While much attention is correctly given to alleviating the persisting segregation of blacks in many American cities, it is also important to recognize a newly emergent shift to the...

July 27, 2015

Highway Bills: Increasingly Irresponsible - Ben Ritz, BPC

The debate over federal highway spending has grown increasingly nonsensical as lawmakers again resort to irresponsible methods of making up the shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund....

July 25, 2015

The End of Suburban White Flight - William H. Frey, Brookings

As the nation’s white population ages and stagnates, the childbearing population is increasingly made up of minorities, who are increasingly drawn to the suburbs. In fact, whites...

July 21, 2015

HUD's War on Suburban America - Michael Barone, DC Examiner

Disparate impact. It's a legal doctrine that may be coming soon to your suburb (if you're part of the national majority living in suburbs)....

July 20, 2015

Keeping Rail Deregulation on Track - Jerry Ellig, RealClearPolicy

Thirty-five years ago, President Jimmy Carter signed the Staggers Rail Act, which largely deregulated freight railroads. Deregulation reduced rail rates for most shippers, restored...

July 20, 2015

LA's Tale of Two Cities - Aaron M. Renn, New Geography

It’s the best of times and the worst of times in Los Angeles....

July 18, 2015

Still Gridlocked After All These Years - Randal O'Toole, The Hill

July 14, 2015

The Destruction of a Black Suburb - Alana Semuels, The Atlantic

African Americans started coming to Cincinnati more than a century ago, fleeing the violence and economic constraints of the South for jobs and homes....

July 11, 2015

Countering Progressives' Assault on Suburbia - Joel Kotkin, RCP

The next culture war will not be about issues like gay marriage or abortion, but about something more fundamental: how Americans choose to live. In the crosshairs now will not be j...

June 25, 2015

Google Is Planning to Plan Your City - Susie Cagle, Pacific Standard

After years of mediating our digital lives, Google is formally venturing into the physical world....

June 22, 2015

Mad War to House the Poor in the Suburbs - Betsy McCaughey, NY Post

An African-American millionaire can buy a home in any expensive suburb. Color is no longer a barrier....

June 16, 2015

American Sprawl Peaked in 1994 - Eric Jaffe, CityLab

We tend to think of urban sprawl in America as a product of the Interstate Highway System built in the 1950s and 1960s. Metro area residents who might have been inclined to live ne...

June 15, 2015

The Antisuburbanist - Anthony Paletta, City Journal

The American political Left is now heavily associated with cities, but it wasn’t always so. Proto-Democrat Thomas Jefferson once claimed that the “mobs of great cities ...

June 13, 2015

Neighborhoods Become Less White - Matt Vasilogambros, National Journal

Segregation is nowhere close to being over, but neighborhoods across the country are steadily integrating....

June 12, 2015

Uncle Sam's Assault on the Suburbs - Jonathan Nelson, e21

If the House of Representatives has its way, the suburban way of life will be safe once again—for now....

June 10, 2015

How Big Is Your City's Middle Class? - Berube & Friedhoff, Brookings

Have American cities lost their middle class? The recent unrest in Baltimore caused some to (inaccurately) portray that city as overwhelmingly poor. Meanwhile, rising inequali...

June 5, 2015

The Importance of Passenger Rail - Kevin DeGood, CAP

Passenger rail is an essential element of America’s surface transportation system. The main provider of intercity passenger rail service is the National Railroad Passenger Co...

June 5, 2015

City Fees Keep Rising Instead of Taxes - Kriston Capps, CityLab

Between 2007 and 2012, through the Great Recession and into the recovery, fees on everything from hospitals and airports to schools and social services increased by more than 7 per...

June 5, 2015

The Best Cities For Jobs 2015 - Joel Kotkin & Michael Shires, Forbes

Since the U.S. economy imploded in 2008, there’s been a steady shift in leadership in job growth among our major metropolitan areas. In the earliest years, the cities that di...

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