July 1 – 31, 2012

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

Top Reads
The Cities Where A Paycheck Stretches The Furthest – Joel Kotkin, Forbes
Housing Affordability Protests in “Livable” Hong Kong, Not “Sprawling” Atlanta – Wendell Cox, New Geography
Does Transit Promote Urban Development? – The Antiplanner

Mobility & Transportation
Brookings Study Demonstrates Why U.S. Needs to Change its Approach to Transit – Baruch Feigenbaum, Reason
Austin doesn’t need train system – Jim Skaggs, Austin Business Journal
The Commuter’s City – Mary Beth Keane, New York Times
Why does the InterCounty Connector seem empty? – WTOP
Think tank proposes $52 billion in solutions for Chicago’s congestion – Chicago Tribune
Readers want MTC to shove its VMT proposal in a pothole – Contra Costa Times
More people hop on Tri-Rail buses; ridership doubles since 2010 – Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
Metro: Bus drivers’ fatigue a problem – Washington Examiner
Metro redefines ‘on time’ for trains – Washington Post
Rebellion on the Green Line: Passengers flee stalled Metro train – Washington Post
Amtrak’s Acela: More cannonball than bullet – Philadelphia Inquirer
When the Bad Guys Ride Bikes – Atlantic Cities
In state experiment, bicycles to share highways with cars, trucks – Orlando Sentinel
Guy Nears 3 Million Miles in 1966 Volvo – Newser.com

Housing & Land Use
Density is not the issue: the urban scaling research – Wendell Cox, New Geography
Don’t Let Municipal Governments Condemn Mortgages at Bargain Rates – Richard Epstein, Point of Law
Seized by the Wrong Strategy – Nicole Gelinas, City Journal
California cities eye plan to seize mortgages – Associated Press
Misreferencing Misoverestimated Population – Chris Briem, New Geography
Core city growth mainly below poverty line – Wendell Cox, New Geography
New home construction is promising sign – Washington Post
While Rest Of U.S. Economy Plods, Houston Gets Hot – Forbes
America’s new foreclosure capitals – Forbes
Bankrupt cities? Don’t blame unions – Los Angeles Times
Plan to raze Detroit empty homes in final stages – CNBC
Manhattan rent prices rising — with smaller apts. seeing the biggest hikes – New York Post
Houston’s Walled Garden – Tory Gattis, New Geography
Baltimore condos’ tax bills increase in a big way – Baltimore Sun
Does planning matter in Baltimore County? – Baltimore Sun
And the Best City in the World Is… – Time

Freedom & Grassroots
Why are Environmental Groups so Upset with new Transportation Bill? – Baruch Feigenbaum, Reason
A Georgia Town Takes the People’s Business Private – New York Times
San Bernardino becomes 3rd Calif. city in 2 weeks to file for bankruptcy protection – MSNBC
Officials rethink San Gabriel Valley agency operations – Los Angeles Times
No Building Permits for Opponent of Same-Sex Marriage – Volokh Conspiracy
Why Is Fauquier County, Virginia, Waging War Against Small Farmers? – The Real McCain
Maryland Deactivates Most Red Light Cameras On Concerns They’re Causing Accidents – CBS Baltimore
Distracted pedestrians stumble into danger – WTOP

Not So Sustainable
Chevy Volt Makes NO Money, Costs Taxpayers Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Per Car – Newsbusters
2012 Chevrolet Volt Becomes Centerpiece of Smart Community – Inside Line

Last minute thoughts on transportation tax – Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Voters reject transportation tax – Atlanta Journal-Constitution

High Speed Hype
High Speed Rail Advocates Discredit Their Cause, Again– Aaron Renn, New Geography
UCLA study of Japan’s bullet train raises questions about California project – Los Angeles Times
High-speed rail officials rebuffed proposal from French railway – Los Angeles Times
Senators must not cave to last-minute high-speed rail sweeteners – Silicon Valley Mercury News
California Senate vote keeps bullet train alive – Los Angeles Times
How Insider Politics Saved California’s Train to Nowhere – Wall Street Journal

Around the World
Mortgage rules won’t lower prices – Wendell Cox, Vancouver Sun
Predictable Punditry Down Under – Tony Recsei, New Geography
The ‘Manhattanization’ of Toronto will change family-housing dreams – CBC News
Canadian cities trying to redefine what it means to be an urban planner – Globe & Mail
Ten Italian cities at risk of bankruptcy, schools may not reopen – Telegraph
The great myth of urban Britain – BBC
Should we build on the Greenbelt? – London School of Economics
China Personal Vehicles Now More than US – Wendell Cox, New Geography

Around the Bend
Smart Headlights See through Rain and Snow – Technology Review
Paving the way for driverless cars – Wall Street Journal

Across the Tracks
Can Eminent Domain Help End the Foreclosure Crisis? – Governing
Transit and the “D” Word – Access
Why We Should Stop Talking About ‘Bus Stigma’ – Atlantic Cities
Aligning Transportation Priorities for an Urban Nation – Huffington Post

The Future of ‘Compact’ Development
A House That’s Only 1 Square Meter – AOL Real Estate
NYC asking developers to test tiny 300 square foot apartments – Associated Press

Vibrant Urbanism
Sex offender arrested for 169th time after allegedly groping woman on PATH train – CBS New York
Thugs mug 3-year-old boy sitting in his stroller – New York Post
Bystanders walk past accident victim, get on bus – WTOP

Notable Quotables

As the city matures, and there is no room for single family homes and the price gap between them and condos grows, that gap will be filled with larger, more luxurious condo units that resemble small homes.”
Developer Brad Lamb, on the long term ‘vision’ of Toronto.

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