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Transportation & Urban Policy

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 ...

December 26, 2014

The Top 14 Walkable, Livable City Stories Of 2014 - Co.Exist

As the world's cities grow in size, there are countless opportunities to reshape them for the better. A series of the top city stories from 2014 examine the urban hacks—both ...

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December 24, 2014

Transportation Lost the Public's Trust - Tracy Hadden Loh, Greater Wash

Now that the cromnibus crisis is crover, it's not too soon to remember that the current federal surface transportation spending authorization is going to run out in six m...

December 22, 2014

Cities' Millennial Job Paradox - Henry Grabar, Salon

Three seismic shifts, in housing, transportation and employment, deserve blame for the fall of the American city....

December 19, 2014

Arlington's Streetcar Is Dead. Now What? - Rachel Kaufman, Next City

As streetcar projects around the U.S. continue to be a magnet for either giddy anticipation or derision — and often both — officials last month voted to kill one such transit p...

December 19, 2014

How the Silver Line Will Reshape D.C. - Kevin DeGood, CAP

Major public transportation investments can be transformative—reshaping communities, spurring economic development, and improving mobility. The new Metro Silver Line in North...

December 18, 2014

D.C.'s Silver Line Slog - Ethan Epstein, City Journal

A trip through Washington, D.C.’s Dulles International Airport offers a glimpse of what people in the past thought transportation would look like in the future. Opened i...

December 17, 2014

A Planet of Suburbs - The Economist

THIRTY kilometres south of central Chennai, just out of earshot of the honking, hand-painted lorries roaring up Old Mahabalipuram Road, you seem to have reached rural India. The ea...

December 17, 2014

In L.A., Density That Doesn't Overwhelm - Deborah Glenn, CityLab

When it comes to multifamily housing, Los Angeles offers up plenty of ugly, from ubiquitous mid-century dingbats (boxy stucco buildings with apartments perched over groun...

December 16, 2014

Focus on Poverty, Not Gentrification - Joe Cortright, City Observatory

Here’s a summary of our latest CityReport: Lost in Place: Why the persistence and spread of concentrated poverty–not gentrification–is our biggest urban challenge....

December 16, 2014

Declining Cities, Declining Unions - Colin Gordon, Dissent

There is an evocative episode in Wayne Johnson’s Colony of Unrequited Dreams in which a young Joey Smallwood (the novel’s real-life protagonist...

December 16, 2014

'Urban Acupuncture' Comes to America - Alan Ehrenhalt, Governing

A little more than 100 years ago, the celebrated architect and urban planner Daniel Burnham offered his famously bombastic advice to those who wished to change the face of America&...

December 12, 2014

The Myth That Mass Transit Attracts Crime - Eric Jaffe, CityLab

Last month, metropolitan Atlanta celebrated an enormous victory for public transportation when suburban Clayton County voted to join the MARTA transit network. The move i...

December 11, 2014

Suburbs: The Geography That Won't Die - Joel Kotkin, Forbes

For a half century, suburbs have been blamed for just about everything — from racial division toobesity and even global warming. Yet desperate as life in ...

December 5, 2014

The Full Implications of Peak Car - Aaron M. Renn, New Geography

As traffic levels decline nationally in defiance of the usual state DOT forecasts projecting major increases, a number of commentators have claimed that we’ve reached “...

December 5, 2014

The Most and Least Unequal Cities - Damian Paletta, Wall Street Journal

New Census data shines a light on the U.S. cities with the widest and smallest gaps between wealthiest and poorest residents, a political and economic flashpoint in 2014....

December 3, 2014

How Cities Can Track Their Emissions - Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow, Next City

This Friday, at the UN conference in Lima, delegates will discuss yet again how their countries might finally reach an agreement to address climate change. But one presentation, by...

December 2, 2014

Cities Can Fight 'Secular Stagnation' - Richard Florida, CityLab

After three-plus years of slow growth, persistently high unemployment, and perennially low consumer confidence, former Treasury Secretary and Harvard economics professor Larry Summ...

November 25, 2014

Suburbs: Not Just for Whites Anymore - William H. Frey, The New Republic

The classic image of an American metropolis was that of a polyglot city surrounded by mostly white suburbs—the “chocolate city/vanilla suburbs” of the 1950s and 1...

November 18, 2014

The Progressives' War on Suburbia - Joel Kotkin, New Geography

You are a political party, and you want to secure the electoral majority. But what happens, as is occurring to the Democrats, when the damned electorate that just won’t live ...

November 11, 2014

The Geography of Super-Charged Startup Cities - Richard Florida, CityLab

The location of startup companies is a key indicator of innovation, entrepreneurship and economic growth. But not all startups are created equal. What distinguishes leading-edge st...

November 10, 2014

Are Big Cities Really Expensive? - Handbury & Weinstein, VoxEU

It’s a common perception that big cities are expensive. This column argues that most of the variation in prices across cities can be attributed to flaws in the conventional i...

November 10, 2014

San Fran's Progressive Policies Are Hurting the Poor - Scott Beyer, Reason

In recent years, a contradiction has unfolded in San Francisco. On the one hand, the city continues to practice progressive economic policies. But rather than helping its poor and ...

November 8, 2014

Stockton Bankruptcy Ruling: How Bad Is It? - Steven Greenhut, Reason

When it comes to pension reform, I've long been a pessimist given the realities in the Capitol and courts. A federal judge's decision in part two of the Stockton bankrupt...

November 4, 2014

We Need a Per-Mile Driving Fee - Eric Jaffe, CityLab

The Highway Trust Fund that pays for America's roads narrowly avoidedbankruptcy this summer, but it's already in trouble again. In August, after the latest budget pa...

November 4, 2014

'Urban Renewal' Destroys Neighborhoods - A. Barton Hinkle, Reason

One of the unspoken reasons behind Richmond, Virginia’s deal with Stone Brewing goes back to the old pottery-shop rule: You break it, you buy it. The city—with a hefty ...

November 3, 2014

The Promise of Self-Driving Buses - Lindsay & Townsend, Quartz

The self-driving car has traveled a long and lonely road to get here. Introduced to the American public by General Motors at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, the Depression-er...

November 3, 2014

Don't Call It Gentrification - Liam O'Donoghue & James Tracy, Salon

In the early 1990s, a punk rock kid named James Tracy moved from the gritty North Bay city of Vallejo to nearby San Francisco and got a job driving a delivery truck for a thrift st...

November 1, 2014

How to Tackle Growing Suburban Poverty - Amanda Kolson Hurley, CityLab

Think of a nonprofit that serves the poor, and the first image that comes to mind will likely be distinctly urban: an old, brick YMCA building, maybe with a neon sign announcing it...

October 31, 2014

The Case for Selling Air Rights - Scott Beyer, Pacific Standard

MARTA, the regional transit service in Atlanta, Georgia, would not be anyone’s initial idea of a solvent government agency. Operating without state funding, it runs four...

October 31, 2014

Where Does the Creative Class Move? - Richard Florida, CityLab

America’s economic and social fabric has been remade over time through a series of great migrations: settlers heading west; farmers and new immigrants to great industrial cen...

October 29, 2014

Are Large Cities Less Green? - Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow, Next City

What, practically speaking, is a city? The answer to that question is crucial for the growing number of researchers who want to examine cities through a scientific lens &...

October 29, 2014

FHA Policies Discourage Density - Scott Beyer, Governing

After decades of suburban flight, the city is king again. Economists view it as essential for sparking innovation and growth. Environmentalists consider it key to getting people ou...

October 27, 2014

How Self-Driving Cars Will Change Infrastructure - Adam Ozimek, Forbes

Every new technology has skeptics at first, and self-driving cars are no exception. I am fully willing to hear these skeptics out, but the most common complaints today are jus...

October 25, 2014

Data Is Transforming Cities - Aaron M. Renn, City Journal

From the healthcare.gov debacle to the Veterans Administration scandal to the bungled Ebola response, Americans have good reason to be pessimistic about the competence of governmen...

October 24, 2014

Building Roads Just Makes People Drive More - Joseph Stromberg, Vox

For people who are constantly stuck in traffic jams, it seems like there should be an obvious solution — just widen the roads....

October 22, 2014

Rich Whites Try to Secede From Baton Rouge - Diana Eromosele, The Root

The rich, white folk who live in Baton Rouge, La., want to secede and form their own town called St. George....

October 22, 2014

Introducing the 'Quantified Community' - Brian Libby, CityLab

By the time Constantine Kontokosta got involved with New York City's Hudson Yards development, it was already on track to be historically big and ambitious....

October 21, 2014

D.C.: The Next Silicon Valley? - Michael Hendrix, Chamber Foundation

Washington, DC is now one of America's leading laboratories of innovation. Our federal city has more opportunity for growth than ever before. How did it get there? What's the city ...

October 20, 2014

The Emptying of New York City - Henry Grabar, Salon

In the past century, urban Americans have lived out a Goldilocks fable of urban density. In the tubercular ghettoes, we had it too high; we had it too low in the exurban wastelands...

October 20, 2014

Where the Advanced Degrees Are - Richey Piiparinen et al., CPD

In 1963, nearly 75% of America’s top 50 companies owned and extracted natural resources1. By 2013, only 20% of top firms were natural resource-based. Today, knowledge-focused...

October 20, 2014

Big Cities Are Job Generators - Richard Florida, CityLab

The fallout from the Great Recession continues to reset America’s economic geography....

October 18, 2014

Six Pro-Pedestrian Intersection Designs - Rachel Dovey, Next City

Crosswalks and signals are supposed to make walkers safe as they step off the curb, but a tragic example from New York City last month shows that pedestrian infrastructure just isn...

October 18, 2014

The Conservative Case Against the Suburbs - Charles Marohn, AmCon

In his recent column, “Why Suburbia Irks Some Conservatives,” the prominent urban geographer Joel Kotkin creates and then slays a number of straw men in defense of subu...

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

TRANSPORTATION

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