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April 26, 2016

What Is a Smart City? - Sophie Quinton, Stateline

On the new streetcars that will start running in Kansas City next week, there’s a decal that says “KC is a smart city.” As the streetcars clang through the downto...

April 26, 2016

Privatizing Public Transit Lowers Costs - Adam Millsap, Forbes

The financial plight of many U.S. cities has caught the attention of the Democratic presidential candidates, as both Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders discussed urba...

April 25, 2016

Can Cities Claw Back Business Subsidies? - Gabrielle Gurley, Prospect

Can General Electric deliver 800 jobs to the greater Boston economy? That is one question that will consume local economic developers in the wake of the Fortune 500 leviathan&rsquo...

April 23, 2016

No One Walks in L.A. and That's Fine - Joseph Mailander, Reason

David Ulin is nothing if not indecisive. At one point in Sidewalking, the former Los Angeles Times staffer's book about walking around L.A., he listens, "by turns sympath...

April 22, 2016

Urban Planners Can Learn From Trailer Parks - Nolan Gray, Mkt Urbanism

Given that “redneck” and “hillbilly” remain the last acceptable stereotypes among polite society, it isn’t surprising that the stereotypical...

April 21, 2016

Why Suburbia Is So Resilient - Lyman Stone, Medium

Sometimes I give you data-rich discussions of neat topics like New York City’s historic migration record, oil boom-migration, or the education composition of P...

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April 20, 2016

Is There Really a Red State "War on Cities"? - Aaron M. Renn, Urbanophile

There’s been a lot of ink spilled about how states, particularly red states, are waging a war on cities. Much of this is in the form of complaints about state preemption...

April 19, 2016

Does Sprawl Keep Housing Affordable? - Laura Kusisto, WSJ

Across the country, a divide is emerging between cities that are growing outward and remaining affordable and ones that are hemmed in by geography and onerous zoning codes and are ...

April 12, 2016

Using Math to Fight Potholes - Aarian Marshall, CityLab

In the great American north, spring is a time of particularly ecstatic renewal. Shed the coats! Toss the sweaters! Get outside more than the moment it takes you to sprint to your c...

April 5, 2016

Cities for Everyone - Paul Krugman, New York Times

Remember when Ted Cruz tried to take Donald Trump down by accusing him of having “New York values”? It didn’t work, of course, mainly because it addressed the wro...

April 2, 2016

Time to Revolt Against Architecture's Elite - David Brussat, American Con.

In most cities and towns, the way new buildings look is not influenced by public taste, which is generally traditional. Instead, it is the purview of municipal and institutional fa...

April 1, 2016

The Sun Belt Is Rising Again - Joel Kotkin, New Geography

To look ahead to where America will be growing in the future, perhaps the best indicator is net domestic migration. This measures where people are moving, essentially taking their ...

April 1, 2016

America's Surprisingly Narrow Urban Revival - Emily Badger, Wash Post

Census population data show that suburban America is, once again, outgrowing central cities. Even exurban counties, those beyond suburban areas, are gaining population faster than ...

March 28, 2016

States' War on Cities - Alan Greenblatt, Governing

St. Louis can’t get a break from its own state. Last year, Missouri enacted a law preventing St. Louis and other cities from setting their own minimum-wage rates and fro...

March 26, 2016

America's Fastest Growing Cities - Josh Sanburn, Time

Houston and Dallas added more people than any other U.S. city last year—close to 300,000 residents combined—while two other Texas cities, Austin and San Antonio, were in the to...

March 24, 2016

Help Distressed People, Not Distressed Cities - Adam Millsap, RCPolicy

Many cities and towns around the United States are struggling mightily. Perhaps former employers have relocated or shut down, public pensions are wrecking munic...

March 19, 2016

How Congress Undercut DC's Metro System - Zachary M. Schrag, Politico

On Wednesday, March 16, the people of Washington, D.C., and its suburbs found out what life is like without Metro, the 117-mile rail system serving the city and its suburbs. While ...

March 19, 2016

The Role of Highways in American Poverty - Alana Semuels, The Atlantic

Little Rock is a fascinating city. With its river and renovated warehouses and bustling River Market district, it reminds me a little bit of Pittsburgh, where I lived a decade ago ...

March 19, 2016

Why the Poor Get Trapped in Depressed Areas - David Dayen, TNR

In modern America, it’s expensive to be poor. If you have a car, it’s old and habitually breaks down. Often, there aren’t banking services in your area and you mu...

March 16, 2016

These Cities Are Winning Against 'Brain Drain' - Richard Florida, CityLab

Over the past decade or so, cities and metros across the United States have greatly increased their efforts to retain college graduates. And for good reason. College grads are a ke...

February 29, 2016

Designing Suburbs - Joel Kotkin, Center for Opportunity Urbanism

It is not primarily the fault of land developers that the American suburbs are thought to be dysfunctional and mundane. The blame belongs largely to the influence of boiler-plate z...

February 27, 2016

Gondolas: The Answer to Urban Congestion? - Gabrielle Gurley, Prospect

The guffawing in the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia has stopped. A proposal to set aside one neighborhood’s long-held dream for a subway stop in favor of an optio...

February 26, 2016

Don't Bury Our Cities in Megatowers - Froma Harrop, Creators

Many longtime residents of San Francisco, Miami and other hot U.S. cities complain of "Manhattanization" when developers put up 20- or 30-story apartment complexes. In Portland, Or...

February 26, 2016

The Incredible Rise of Urban Real Estate - Richard Florida, CityLab

Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, urban and suburban homes in the U.S. used to be worth about the same on a per-square foot basis. But since the mid-2000s, urban homes have b...

February 24, 2016

Your Commute Is Going to Get Worse - Christopher Ingraham, Wash Post

American drivers put a record number of mileage on their vehicles last year -- roughly 3.15 trillion miles, or enough to make roughly 337 round trips to Pluto....

February 24, 2016

Bad Economics of Balkanized Suburbs - Jake Blumgart, CityLab

Pennsylvania’s Delaware County is a crazy quilt of municipalities. Just to the west of Philadelphia, it is home to some of the oldest suburban communities in America. It is dens...

February 19, 2016

Nearly 59,000 U.S. Bridges Still Structurally Deficient - ARTBA

There’s good news and bad news to report about the condition of America’s bridges.  The good news is there were 2,574 fewer structurally deficient bridges in ...

February 18, 2016

Pothole Damage Costs Drivers $3 Billion a Year - AAA

As snow and ice begin to thaw and crumbling roadways emerge, a new study from AAA reveals that pothole damage has cost U.S. drivers $15 billion in vehicle repairs over the last fiv...

February 16, 2016

More Driving Means More Dying - Joe Cortright, City Observatory

New data from the national traffic safety administration shows an ominous trend:traffic related deaths are up 11.3 percent for the first nine months of 2015, as compared to th...

February 16, 2016

Segregation Returns to the Suburbs - Amanda Kolson Hurley, CityLab

Myron Orfield, who directs the Institute for Metropolitan Opportunity at the University of Minnesota, has had a multifaceted career: civil-rights lawyer, state legislator, professo...

February 15, 2016

Making Federal Highway Spending More Productive - CBO

Federal spending on highways (or, synonymously, roads) totaled $46 billion in 2014, roughly a quarter of total public spending on highways. About 95 percent of that amount was spen...

February 13, 2016

A New Kind of Public Works - Will Marshall, Democracy

Barack Obama is thinking big as his presidency enters the final stretch. The centerpiece of his last budget, unveiled this week, is a $300 billion plan for a “clean transport...

February 8, 2016

The Port Authority Leviathan - Seth Barron, City Journal

In the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center complex, developers, policymakers, and ordinary New Yorkers broadly agreed that the site should be ...

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

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 ...

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