March 4 – 31, 2012

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

** In Memoriam – Owen McShane **

** Top Reads **
Suburban Life is Still Cheaper – Alan Pisarski, Washington Examiner
The Use & Misuse of Glaeser’s Triumph of the City – John Muscat, New Geography

Mobility & Transportation
I-85 Managed Lanes in Georgia are a Success – Baruch Feigenbaum, Reason Foundation
Honolulu’s Money Train – Wendell Cox, New Geography
Study: Expand toll lanes to all South Florida expressways & major roads – SunSentinel
As Cars Are Kept Longer, 200,000 Is New 100,000 – New York Times
Rising Gas Prices Take Toll On American Families – Investor’s Business Daily
Gas prices spike, and American motorists rumble with anger, frustration – Washington Post
GOP shifts to offense in highway bill fight – The Hill
Traffic on the ICC: Looks can be deceiving –
Bad Transit Condemns Much of Ohio’s Growing Urban Poor to Dependency – DC Streetsblog
Rail Rumble: Streetcar funding pits father vs son –, San Antonio
Loudoun County backing out could derail Dulles Rail project –
Light rail line serving Pittsburgh’s North Shore opens – Associated Press
Metro workers abused credit cards – Washington Post

Housing & Land Use
The Ultimate Houston Strategy – Tory Gattis, Houston Strategies
Land-use plan will make Montreal too expensive, too congested – Wendell Cox, Montreal Gazette
Time for Real Solutions to Vancouver’s Housing Affordability Crisis – Steve Lafleur, New Geography
Affordable housing in Vancouver? Why bother? – Pete McMartin, Vancouver Sun
Is Portland becoming a bedroom community for its suburbs? – OPB News
Homeownership must remain top national priority – The Coloradoan
Why These 20 Cities Are Leading the New Economy – The Atlantic
Getting Ready to Buy a House – Megan McArdle, The Atlantic
Rent is too darn high for many in Los Angeles – Los Angeles Times
New Rent Report Suggests Possible Bubble –
Downtown loses jobs, while demand for offices, housing grows – Baltimore Sun
Downtown development gets more breaks to stay competitive – Portland Oregonian
Once-burgeoning Latino population growth rate dips in many U.S. cities – Los Angeles Times

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Freedom & Grassroots
Court sides with property owners over EPA –
Tea party sounds alarm over lost property rights
– Tampa Tribune
Keller city manager lays himself off – Keller Citizen
Are Pensions Busting Local Government Budgets? – Tracy Gordon, Real Clear Markets
Property tax collections to start downward trend – USA Today
Metro Job Recovery in 2011 – Aaron Renn, New Geography
California: The Sick Man Of America – Investor’s Business Daily
Stockton, California: the Most Miserable City? –
City Accidentally Demolishes Building – Breitbart
Colleyville uses eminent domain for roundabout land – Southlake Journal
Damascus residents reject Metro planners again –
Property owner loses fight with city, kills self – Off Grid Survival

Un-Sustainable Smart Growth
Dulles Rail’s Hefty Cost – Washington Post
D.C.: Need to find ways to pay for 42% of streetcar costs – Washington Examiner
This plan is a ‘reverse enterprise zone’ – Kansas City Star
Fare And Toll Hikes Are Coming – Sheepshead Bites
Private Transit Giant Lobbied House to Weaken Public Transit – DC Streetsblog

Signs of the Times
Parking spot is a human right, Ottawa mother claims – National Post
Horseback ride in the city intrigues – Wisconsin State-Journal
This 14-Year-Old Girl Just Bought A House In Florida –

High Speed Hype
Solyndra Times Seven – Chris Reed, City Journal
Gov. Brown changes HSR plan, lowers cost by $30 billion – Sacramento Bee
Italy erupts over plans for high-speed rail link – The Independent
High speed train kills reindeer ‘like meat grinder’ – The Local, Sweden
Citizens Speak Out Against California HSR – YouTube

Around the World
The Evolving Urban Form: Hong Kong – Wendell Cox, New Geography
English planning shake-up ‘will help boost homes’ – BBC News
I’m prepared to risk unpopularity over developing countryside: David Cameron – Telegraph
Housing affordability worsening – Sydney Morning Herald
The view from Liverpool – The Economist
Worst train tragedy in Poland in years kills 16 – Associated Press
If you don’t live in a flat, life’s a grind here – Times of India

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Across the Tracks
Effective World Government Needed to Stave Off Climate Catastrophe – Scientific American
The manifesto for New Urbanism that came before ‘New Urbanism’ – Atlantic Cities
A plea for beauty: a manifesto for a new urbanism – American Enterprise Institute
Working out the Gremlins: Density, Design, and Affordability – PubliCola
Get your government hands off my land use regulations – Washington Monthly
The era of suburban sprawl has to end. So, now what? – Urbanite Baltimore
Driving is a dying activity – Business Insider
City Freeway Teardowns: More on Their Way? –
When a Parking Lot Is So Much More – New York Times
Light rail transit means respect for the taxpayers – Toronto Sun
As Young Lose Interest in Cars, G.M. Turns to MTV for Help – New York Times
Does living on the fringe make people sick? – Crikey

Around the Bend
Google Video Demonstrates Self-Driving Car With Legally Blind ‘Driver’ – TPM
The Car of the Future Will Drive You
– Wall Street Journal
Finally, a vehicle made for commuting! – East Valley Tribune

Blast from the Past
California Highways – 1936 (video)

Vibrant Urbanism
Transit Employee Punches Bronx Rider Over Dime – CBS New York
Undercover officers bust Xanax dealers at light rail stop – Baltimore Sun
Annoying man barred from city bus stops – Athens Banner-Herald
Man killed in apparent suicide on Metro – Washington Examiner
A Greener Strategy for New York’s Runaway Sewage – New York Times

Culture of Corruption
Metro derailed by culture of complacence, incompetence, lack of diversity – Washington Times
Top Metro executives made $3.1 million in 2011 – Washington Post

Notable Quotables

I was like, ‘What if I bought a house? That would be crazy.’ 14-year-old Willow Tufano, who bought a two-bedroom, concrete-block home on auction for $12,000 in the wake of the Florida housing collapse.

When a supervisor walks into a kiosk on Sunday when the game’s on and asks where’s the TV and brings a plate of food in, there’s a disconnect.” Former union representative, on the culture of complacency and corruption infecting the D.C. Metro.

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