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Transportation & Urban Policy

January 29, 2016

The Disastrous New Urban Agenda - Stephen Eide, Commentary

Democrats currently govern most major American cities and face no serious Republican challenges in any of them. Of the 50 largest cities in the United States, only 13 have Republic...

January 28, 2016

Public Spaces Then and Now - Fred Siegel, City Journal

When I wrote about public spaces for City Journal 24 years ago, I called them “both the glory and shame of New York.” The glory because of “the liveline...

January 27, 2016

We're Driving Less: What That Means - Thomas A. Hemphill, RealClearPolicy

In a working paper released last week by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle examined changes in...

January 23, 2016

City Inequality on the Rise - Alan Berube & Natalie Holmes, Brookings

The issue of high and rising income inequality continues to influence policy and political debates at all levels of government. Local officials, such as mayors and county executive...

January 22, 2016

This Is How the Suburbs Die - Michael Brendan Dougherty, The Week

In 1974, corporate behemoth GE moved its headquarters from Manhattan to the suburban Fairfield, Connecticut. Last week, it announced that it was leaving Fairfield for Boston's wate...

January 21, 2016

Urbanophobia: A Threat to Public Transit - Alan Ehrenhalt, Governing

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January 20, 2016

Hey Traffic Planners, It's the 21st Century - Myron Magnet, City Journal

Everyone who drives or takes taxis in Manhattan has cursed quietly while travelling along a four-lane avenue choked to only two lanes by a Federal Express truck doubled-parked on o...

January 16, 2016

Big Brother Wants to Run Your Self-Driving Car - Randal O'Toole, Cato

As part of his 2017 budget proposal, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx proposes to spend $4 billion on self-driving vehicle technology. This proposal comes late to...

January 16, 2016

Cities Must Become Smarter - Gabriela Ehrlich, Next City

Efficient fresh water; universal access to cleaner energy; the ability to travel efficiently from one point to another; a sense of safety and security: These are the kinds of promi...

January 13, 2016

The Crash Rates of Self-Driving Cars - Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Self-driving cars are quickly moving from prototype to everyday reality. During this transition, the question that is first and foremost on the mind of the public and policy makers...

January 13, 2016

Excessive Parking Causes More Driving - Eric Jaffe, CityLab

Long after it was painfully clear that cigarettes caused cancer, big tobacco companies maintained that no such link existed, on the grounds that it’s incredibly hard for scie...

January 9, 2016

How Government Aggravates Airline Delays - Steve Chapman, Creators

Governments often act in response to perceived crises, which is not to say they act in ways that are helpful. The point is to be seen as doing something. The danger of a crisis is ...

January 9, 2016

Peak Suburbia? - Pete Saunders, Corner Side Yard

As long as there have been cities, there have been suburbs.  But, at least in the U.S., there are more signs that economic and social change is pushing them in unexpected dire...

January 8, 2016

Building Cities for People - Kotkin et al., Center for Demographics and Policy

Cities succeed by making life better for the vast majority of their citizens. This requires less of a focus on grand theories, architecture or being fashionable, and more on what o...

January 8, 2016

Why Flint Is a Disaster Zone - Vann R. Newkirk II, Daily Kos

Wednesday, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency in Flint and Genesee County, formalizing a state response to a crisis that had been months in ...

January 4, 2016

Midwest Can Learn From the Middle East - Roger Weber, New Geography

Why is Saudi Arabia suddenly the pit stop of choice for an impressive laundry list of major companies? How is it positioned among the growing number of Middle-Eastern industrial fr...

December 31, 2015

The Historic Link Between Cities and Innovation - Richard Florida, CityLab

Cities, with their dense mixtures of people and economic activity, have long been fonts of innovation. To start, density spurs innovation by pushing people and ideas together, enab...

December 30, 2015

School Bus Seat Belts Wouldn't Help - Richard Williams, US News

As the snowy season descends upon us, it's important to make sure our vehicles are as safe as possible, including our school buses. For many people, that means considering adding s...

December 26, 2015

Why Suburbia Looks So Much the Same - Anthony Paletta, Daily Beast

The processes and ingredients that built suburbia—mortgage guarantees, the interstate highway system, the baby boomers, crime, white flight, and so on—are intensely fam...

December 24, 2015

Flight Canceled? Blame the Government - Catey Hill, MarketWatch

For hundreds of flyers, Valentine’s Day 2007 ranked as the most annoying day for travel ever. That’s the day a blizzard hit the Northeast, leaving some passengers trapp...

December 23, 2015

Reinventing Buffalo - Aaron M. Renn, City Journal

In November 2014, newspapers in the Northeast filled their pages with astonishing images of a blizzard that buried Buffalo under seven feet of snow. This record-breaking storm was ...

December 22, 2015

Guns vs. Cars (and Drugs) - Robert VerBruggen, RealClearPolicy

About 20 years ago, public-health researcher Garen J. Wintemute predicted that The Crossover was nigh: Soon, more Americans would be killed with guns than with motor vehi...

December 21, 2015

Is Your City Transportation-Friendly? - R Street Institute

We graded 50 cities across the United States on the regulatory environment surrounding car services, from taxis to limos to transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft...

December 17, 2015

New York's Anemic Suburbs - Joel Kotkin & Wendell Cox, NY Daily News

New York City has prospered since the great recession of 2008, buoyed by an endless supply of free money from Washington that's elevated the stock and real estate markets. But the ...

December 14, 2015

Commuting and Local Jobs - Ferdinando Monte et al., VoxEU

Commuting fairly long distances to work has become an accepted facet of modern life in big cities. Yet very little research has been done on commuting and how elastic or inelastic ...

December 14, 2015

A New Model for Urban Renewal - Greg Lindsay, The New Republic

On a sunny morning in March, Marcus Westbury brandished his iPad as if it were a window into another world. The screen depicted the street we were standing on in downtown Newcastle...

December 11, 2015

Atlantic City Blew Its Chance - Steven Malanga, City Journal

In the summer of 1908, a New York Times story described how the renowned vacation spot Atlantic City had nullified state laws restricting gambling and alcohol. Calling th...

December 10, 2015

How Crash Testing Will Promote Self-Driving Cars - Alex Davies, Wired

IT’S ABOUT TO get harder for automakers to score five-star safety ratings in the US, and in addition to being a sign of how much safer cars have become in recent years, ...

December 10, 2015

How the D.C. Metro Got So Bad - Mullins & Gaynor, Washingtonian

On January 8, Richard Sarles walked into his final board meeting as Metro’s general manager. It was a triumphant afternoon. During the hourlong sendoff, ten different board memb...

December 8, 2015

Obama's Plan to Engineer Neighborhoods - Blackwell & Manning, Fox News

The Obama administration’s Housing & Urban Development department is embarking on a social engineering experiment that wipes out one of the fundamental functions of local...

December 2, 2015

Are Transportation Cost Overruns Deliberate? - Robert Krol, RCPolicy

As Congress hones a deal on a long-term transportation bill, the debate has centered on funding sources beyond the fuel tax. Instead, Congress should be worried about how the funds...

December 2, 2015

Will Millennials Turn the Suburbs Hipster? - Jordan Fraade, Wash Post

Even for someone who loathes suburbia, Hastings, N.Y., seems like a pretty great place to live. The town is two square miles, with a compact downtown that features a mix of shops, ...

November 23, 2015

Dealmaking 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 other ...

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 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

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...

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...

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...

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