December 1 – 15, 2010

The American Dream Communicator
The most comprehensive digest of news & commentary about urban policy in America!

Top Reads
The Allure of Techno-Glamour – Virginia Postrel, Wall Street Journal
Pro-Pedestrian Advocates Push Deadly Policies – Marc Scribner, Open Market
How the Road to Bell Was Paved
– City Journal

** Report:
Moving Past Gridlock: A Proposal for a 2-Year Transportation Law – Robert Puentes, Brookings **

Mobility & Transportation
Transit Nonsense + State Health Care Rationing = Really Bad Policy – Jack McHugh, Michigan Capitol Confidential
Honolulu Rail Costs Balloon, Ridership Projections Called High – Wendell Cox, New Geography
New report shows transit leaders hid light rail costs from the feds – News-3, Norfolk, Virginia
A Green Detroit? No, a Guzzling One – New York Times
The Future of Sustainable Urban Mobility: Refuel Cars – City Fix
Commutes in Dallas-Fort Worth are worst in U.S.: study – Dallas Morning News
APTA: Public transportation use slipped slightly in 3Q – Progressive Railroading
The cost of putting the brakes on Transit City – Globe & Mail
Hillsborough County to look at options for light rail without new tax –
Phoenix light-rail expansion plans prove divisive – Arizona Republic
Light Rail Extension a Heavy Issue for Homeowners – Redondo Beach Patch
L.A.’s Light-Rail Fiasco – L.A. Weekly
Light Rail Train, Vehicle Collide In Phoenix –, Arizona
Red Wing native struck, killed by light rail train in Denver
– Republican Eagle
Pedestrian fatally hit by light rail train in LA – San Francisco Chronicle

Housing & Land Use
Five ways regulators think wrong (+ the impact on land use/zoning) – Tory Gattis, Houston Strategies
A questionable plan to aid underwater homeowners – Washington Post
Immigrants Make Paths to Suburbia, Not Cities – New York Times
Planning subdivisions with a twist – Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Maryland surpasses most states in smart growth –, Maryland
Maryland suburbs that spend the most income on housing – Washington Examiner
Florida Senator to reform growth management law … again – Florida News Service
Florida Goes Underground – Richard Reep, New Geography
Big Easy Rising – City Journal
The urban growth boundary and homebuilder humble pie – Portland Architecture
SoCal Home Sales off 15.5% from November 2009 – Calculated Risk Blog
N.J. Assembly passes controversial affordable-housing changes – Philadelphia Inquirer
Council limits new fast-food outlets in South L.A. – Los Angeles Times
High court has a chance to revisit and clarify Kelo – Las Vegas Review-Journal
Eminent Domain Possible for Redevelopment Plan – Wheeling Intelligencer, Pennsylvania
Town that Disney built has 1st killing – Associated Press

Freedom & Grassroot
We can’t get around on buses, bikes and running shoes alone – Brent Colbert, Ottawa Citizen
Why Bellevue must push back on Sound Transit’s proposed EastLink route – Kevin Wallace, Seattle Times
Formula without a philosophy is doomed to fail – Robert Samuelson, Memphis Commercial Appeal
Contractors Complain About ‘Smart Growth’ Director – Huntington Patch, New York
One man’s fight against eminent domain – St. Louis Today

Not So Sustainable
Mass-transit tax break to shrink while fares rise – Washington Post
Not all RTD directors aboard “enhancement” plan for existing light-rail line – Denver Post

High Speed Rail
Building the Train to Nowhere – Wendell Cox, New Geography
High-Speed Rail = Low-Quality Planning – The Antiplanner
DOT redirecting $1.195 billion for high-speed rail projects nationwide – FastLane DOT
California High-Speed Rail Plans Face Funding Challenges –
Illinois to get high-speed rail funding rejected by other states – The Telegraph
Florida Gets $342 Million More For High-Speed Rail – The Ledger
A note of skepticism about high-speed rail – Howard Troxler, St. Petersburg Times
High-Speed Rail: Political Football, Anyone? – National Journal
Should China Rethink High Speed Rail? – Megan McArdle, The Atlantic

Around the World
Beijing declares war on cars – People’s Daily Online
China New-Car Sales To Break Global Record In ’10 –
Australia Sees Largest Annual Decrease In Housing Affordability – Smart Company
Retro Rail Alert – Owen McShane, New Geography
Voters defend the quarter-acre dream – The Australian
High speed rail not affordable, says Labour – London Telegraph
Public transportation strike paralyses Athens –, Greece

Around the Bend
Video: The “Air Pod” –
Ford To Sell HEV, PHEV, And EV Versions Of Focus – Future Pundit
First Nissan Leaf delivered in San Francisco
– Green Autoblog
Coming to Your Neighbor: Eco-friendly Automobiles
– EV World

** Report: Climate Change and State Transportation Policy – Smart Growth America

Across the Tracks
It’s time to update the definition of “smart growth” – Kaid Benfield, Switchboard
New Urbanism’s ideas are the future – New Urban Network
What Will Be the Fate of the Livable Communities Act? – Sustainable Cities Collective
Placemaking as an antidote for shrinking city budgets – New Urban Network
Downsize Nation: Welcome to the New, Smaller American Dream – Build Up Now
Village Green: EPA Honors 5 Exemplars of Smart Growth – Huffington Post
A non-motorized plan – City Pulse, Michigan
New Governor Should End State Bickering on Rail – Yes 2 Rail
Contrasting Visions of Urban Transport – Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute

Vibrant Urbanism
Paul McCartney enjoys talking to fans on public transportation – Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“We did have a referendum – it was the municipal election. … Transit City was not endorsed as the transit vision for Toronto.” Karen Stintz of the Toronto Transit Commission, on the city’s decision to back off its ambitious transit plans.

“It defies logic and common sense to have the train start and stop in remote areas that have no hope of attaining the ridership needed to justify the cost of the project.” U.S. Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D., Calif.), in a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on California’s high-speed rail plans.

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