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August 23, 2014

There Are Echoes of Ferguson in Detroit - Kriston Capps, CityLab

When a suburb of Detroit erected a barn on one of the main roads leading into the city last month, critics rendered a verdict fast: Here was tony Grosse Pointe Park constructing&nb...

August 23, 2014

Detroit and Big Data Take on Blight - Susan Crawford, Bloomberg View

The urban blight that has been plaguing Detroit was, until very recently, made worse by a dearth of information about the problem. No one could tell how many buildings needed fixin...

August 22, 2014

The Changing Face of the Global City - Kotkin et al., Civil Service College

As the world urbanises and more megacities are created, some smaller, focused urban regions are becoming truly critical global hubs, unlike most larger cities, which are simply tie...

August 22, 2014

What Ferguson Means for Urban Planning - Randal O'Toole, Antiplanner

The sad events in Ferguson, Missouri are being used by urban planning advocates to popularize their latest cause: suburban poverty. Ferguson is "emblematic of growing suburban pove...

August 21, 2014

The Different Types of Gentrification - Pete Saunders, Corner Side Yard

Patterns of gentrification vary by city, and the spread of gentrified areas is partly determined by the city's predominant development form and the historic levels of African-Ameri...

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August 21, 2014

Hacking Traffic Lights Is Easy - Branden Ghena et al., USENIX

The safety critical nature of traffic infrastructure requires that it be secure against computer-based attacks, but this is not always the case. We investigate a networked traffic ...

August 20, 2014

A Technology to Prevent Car Crashes - Brian Fung, Washington Post

For years, transportation wonks have been waiting for automated technologies that will make cars safer and easier to use, cutting down on traffic jams and lowering the risk of dead...

August 20, 2014

The Problem With Megacities - Joel Kotkin et al., Chapman University

No phenomenon more reflects the sheer power and appeal of urbanism than the rise of megacities, which we define as an urban area with more than 10 million residents (defined as are...

August 20, 2014

How Can a City Measure Its Happiness? - Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow, Next City

At one time, questionnaires about well-being were the province of mental health professionals. But in recent years, a growing number of city governments have been getting into the ...

August 20, 2014

Why the Brown Shooting Happened Where It Did - Jesse Bogan, StlToday

Long before the nation rested its collective conscience on the protests along West Florissant Avenue, there was a different mobilization going on....

August 19, 2014

A Highway Funding Plan that Could Work - Patrick Jones, IBTTA

Now that Congress has “patched” the Highway Trust Fund to save it from insolvency, it is time to get some clarity on a notable element of the Obama administration&rsquo...

August 19, 2014

Why You Don't Want to Live in a City Like Houston - Ben Adler, Grist

There are people who have made a career out of being consistently wrong, and then there’s Joel Kotkin. Kotkin isn’t even so much wrong as he is confused. Like a NIMBY a...

August 18, 2014

Let's Make Suburbs Into Cities - Steven Conn, Salon

By the last quarter of the twentieth century, Americans had succeeded in building an alternative to the dense central city, and the anti-government politics of the New Right had tr...

August 16, 2014

How LGBT Acceptance Is Redefining Cities - Natalie McDonald, Next City

In Chicago’s Boystown, a neighborhood famous for its gay nightlife, residents of upscale condos are asking clubs to turn down the volume. In New York’s Greenwich Villag...

August 15, 2014

Hate Bicyclists on Sidewalks? Build More Bike Lanes - Eric Jaffe, CityLab

The NYPD just launched a two-week campaign to enforce city bike laws that it's calling Operation Safe Cycle. This should go over about as well with the cycling community as Crys...

August 14, 2014

Our Roads Have Too Many Signs - Rich Tucker, RealClearPolicy

In 1970, the average car didn't have many safety features. No anti-lock brakes, no airbags, no steel-belted radial tires. Some cars even lacked seat belts. But your car's AM radio ...

August 11, 2014

High-Speed Rail Beats Short-Haul Air - Anbinder & Bhatiya, Fiscal Times

Three environmental groups—Earthjustice, the Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Earth— notified the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this...

August 8, 2014

Gentrification and Concentrated Poverty - Richard Florida, CityLab

There is no more highly contentious issue among those of us who spend their time thinking about the future of cities than gentrification....

August 7, 2014

In Defense of Cheap Subway Fares - Jacob Anbinder, Century Foundation

Four dollars and twenty-three cents....

August 6, 2014

Pedestrian Deaths in Poor Neighborhoods - Mike Maciag, Governing

In the middle of a four-lane roadway in one of Miami’s poorest neighborhoods, Carl Jones stood over a solid double yellow line as he waited to cross one morning in 2012....

August 2, 2014

Driverless Cars and Urban Transportation - Brandon Fuller, City Journal

Driverless cars may soon be coming to America’s cities, and some transit enthusiasts wish they wouldn’t—particularly those who view any cars, driverless or otherw...

July 29, 2014

New York's Struggle With 'Affordable Housing' - Sarah Goodyear, CityLab

Bill de Blasio became the mayor of New York in large part because he, better than anyone else in the running, was able to convince the city’s voters that he underst...

July 26, 2014

Meet the Worst Transit Project in America - Matthew Yglesias, Vox

With Detroit suffering from massive population loss and an inability to keep up its basic infrastructure (see the water crisis, or the city's many non-functioning traffic lights) i...

July 26, 2014

Big Cities' Housing Laws Harm the Economy - Emily Badger, Wash Post

For the last couple of years, San Francisco has been erupting with periodic protests aimed, rather imprecisely, at a nexus of grievances related to gentrification, affordable housi...

July 21, 2014

The Terrible Choices Detroit Confronts - Emily Badger, Wash Post

On Friday in Detroit, hundreds of local residents and activists — and, somewhat inexplicably, Mark Ruffalo — gathered to protest what has become an only-in-De...

July 21, 2014

How 273 American Cities Have Fared - Jason Segedy, New Geography

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was th...

July 19, 2014

Jobs, Crime, Housing: How Detroit Is Faring - Dante Chinni, WSJ

Friday is the one-year anniversary for Detroit’s bankruptcy, marking a good time to check in on the city’s future, its past and what the saga all means for other strugg...

July 17, 2014

Public Transit's Compensation Bonanza - Charles Chieppo, Governing

Talks have broken down between the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and its workers. The leader of the commuter railroad's largest union told the New York Times that there is...

July 17, 2014

Depopulated Cities: The Nation's Murder Capitals - Kriston Capps, CityLab

The term "murder capital" deserves more than side-eye: It begs to be discarded for good. Simply chalking up the number of homicides, as the public does every fall when the FBI re...

July 17, 2014

Detroit's Water War - Wallace Turbeville, Demos

Once again, Detroit’s tragic circumstances provide a window on the state houses and governors that were captured by right wing ideologues in the 2010 elections and are now at...

July 17, 2014

Houston: America's Opportunity City - Kotkin & Gattis, City Journal

David Wolff and David Hightower are driving down the partially completed Grand Parkway around Houston. The vast road, when completed, will add a third freeway loop around this boom...

July 17, 2014

Houston's 'One Bin' Trash and Recycling Plan - Brentin Mock, Grist

Integration is a good thing, except when it comes to trash, says Melanie Scruggs, the Houston-based program director for Texas Campaign for the Environment. Scruggs’ organiza...

July 15, 2014

Higher Fares Would Improve Public Transit - Rohit T. Aggarwala, CityLab

Low transit fares have a long tradition in American cities. In his 1921 reelection campaign, Mayor John F. Hylan called the nickel fare a "property right" of New Yorkers, even thou...

July 15, 2014

Smart Growth: Facts vs. Ideology - Randal O'Toole, Antiplanner

Debates over smart growth -- sometimes known as new urbanism, compact cities, or sustainable urban planning, but always meaning higher urban densities and a higher share of people ...

July 14, 2014

Why Only Rich People Live in Silicon Valley - Timothy B. Lee, Vox

The Washington Post's Emily Badger has an interesting post about the changing demographics of America's cities. Rich and poor people have always lived in different neighb...

July 12, 2014

Houston Makes Hoarding Illegal - Mike Maciag, Governing

Thanks in part to reality TV shows like “Hoarders” and “Hoarding: Buried Alive,” the issue of hoarding -- and attendant concerns about anxiety disorder and ...

July 11, 2014

Is the Highway Trust Fund a Fiction? - Howard Gleckman, Tax Policy Center

Congress is in the midst of another Perils of Pauline political showdown: This time the drama is over how to finance the highway trust fund, which will be unable to pay its bills i...

July 9, 2014

Moving Beyond 'Smart Growth' - Kaid Benfield, NRDC

I have spent most of the last twenty years working on an agenda grounded in, for lack of a better phrase, “smart growth.”  That agenda basically holds that our reg...

July 7, 2014

Will the ACA Prevent Municipal Bankruptcies? - Steve Eide, Public Sector

Yes, but only if liberal judges get out of the way....

July 5, 2014

Do Cities Really Want Economic Development? - Aaron Renn, Governing

So many cities and regions continue to struggle economically. Even within nominally well-performing places there are pockets that have been left behind. Most of the have-nots in th...

June 28, 2014

San Fran: America's Largest Gated Community - Reihan Salam, Slate

California is an earthly paradise. Yet there is something badly broken about the Golden State. At its best, California is America’s America, where the young and adventurous g...

June 26, 2014

Parking Prices Should Reflect Demand - Stephen Crim, Greater Washington

When San Francisco let parking prices fluctuate with demand, drivers found it easier and faster to find parking. The city maximized its valuable curb parking spaces and modestly sp...

June 24, 2014

Where Cities Grow Faster Than Suburbs - Richard Florida, CityLab

Where is growth happening in America: cities or suburbs?  For much of the last half-century, growth was a suburban phenomenon. But over the past decade or so, many have noted ...

June 21, 2014

The Metro Areas Leading the Recovery - Gray & Scardamalia, Manhattan

In a slow, uneven economic recovery, some cities have managed not only to survive but even to thrive. Their stories, along with those of the not-so-successful, are the subject of t...

June 21, 2014

Why Commute Times Don't Change as Cities Grow - Eric Jaffe, CityLab

For as much as U.S. metros have grown over the past few decades, commute times have remained oddly stable. One-way commutes averaged 21.7 minutes in 1980 and 25.3 minutes...

June 20, 2014

The ACA and America's Cities - Matthew Buettgens & Jay Dev, Urban

This report estimated the effect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on 14 large and diverse cities: Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Columbus, Char...

June 19, 2014

Building Bigger Roads Doesn't Make Traffic Worse - Randal O'Toole, Cato

“Building bigger roads actually makes traffic worse,” asserts Wired magazine. “The reason you’re stuck in traffic isn’t all these jerks arou...

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