July 26 – 31, 2009

The American Dream Communicator – news & commentary about urban policy in America’s cities.  Pick and choose at your leisure!

Mobility & Transportation

Out of Gas: Congress Raids the Highway Trust Fund – Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. & John McCain
ULI Moving Cooler Report: Greenhouse Gases, Exaggerations and Misdirections – Alan Pisarski, New Geography
Oberstar Misleads on Light Rail, Highway Costs – Bob Poole, Out-of-Control Policy Blog
$24 million earmarked for light-rail – Charlotte Observer, North Carolina
Light-rail train strikes and kills man in San Jose – San Francisco Examiner
Light-rail train hits, kills pedestrian – Seattle Post Intelligencer
Metro-North commuter line experiences rare decline in train ridership – Washington Examiner
Regional Transit may end light-rail service at 9 p.m. daily – Sacramento Bee
Light rail hits yet another bump at the U – TwinCities.com
Metro Response Undermines Rider Confidence – Washington Post
Light rail study will help decide which segment in Tampa to build first – St. Petersburg Times
Metro board slams light-rail car contractor – Long Beach Press-Telegram
MTA operator let 8-year-old drive subway – NBC New York
RTA to eliminate routes, raise fares to bridge $5.2 million budget gap – Cleveland Plain Dealer
Are Metro rail’s ridership numbers reliable? – AZ Central
Police cite 26 pedestrians for light-rail violations – Arizona Republic
Cuts on the line for light rail and bus transit – News10 ABC, Sacramento
NYC Law Would Require Buildings to Give Bike Access – Bloomberg.com

Housing & Land Use

Rating World Metropolitan Areas: When Money is an Object – Wendell Cox, New Geography
Signs of Life in the Housing Market – Gerald P. O’Driscoll Jr., Wall Street Journal
Land-use planning: What did we get for our “smart growth’? – Dave Lister, OregonLive.com
‘Necessary’ or ‘urban sprawl’? – Springfield News Leader, Missouri
Howelsen Place to reposition inclusionary-restricted condos – Steamboat Pilot & Today
Inclusionary zoning starts in D.C. Aug. 14 – Washington Business Journal
Public clearly divided on proposed housing element – Contra Costa Times, California
Here’s why that shiny new government building doesn’t really help taxpayers – Kansas City News
Mayor Sitting on $1.4 Billion – What Gives? – No Games Chicago
Norfolk OK’d to buy Hampton Blvd. sites – The Virginian-Pilot
Ruling in eminent domain case favors property owner – Asbury Park Press, New Jersey
Verdict upheld in $4 million Medford eminent domain case – Wicked Local Medford, Massachusettes
N. Providence moves cautiously on eminent domain along Wenscott Reservoir – Providence Journal
School Board chooses eminent domain over land purchase opportunity – Le Mars Daily Sentinel
Teachers, nurses, police can’t climb property ladder – WA Today, Perth, Australia
Tiny Houses offer efficient floor plans and compact price tags – National Examiner
San Diego high-rise condo market goes from frenzy to fizzle – Los Angeles Times
Study: Homebuilders can expect uptick in housing demand – Charleston Business Journal
City population hits numeric milestone – Columbia Daily Tribune

Freedom & Grassroots

New Urbanism Will Kill Us All – Jeff Young, Dallas Morning News
Time for pushback on pensions – Steven Greenhut, Orange County Register
In The Busway’s Path – Hartford Courant
Fixing Strawberry Plant – Cannery Cove Park – Bainbridge Shoreline Homeowners
Crowd sounds off on land sale, TIF – Durant Daily Democrat
Smart Growth opponent conjures up UN scenario – Wisconsin Radio Network
And It Was All Yellow – Seattle Post Intelligencer
Lehigh County judge deals setback to Wal-Mart opponents – Morning Call, Pennsylvania
Residents protest TIF dollar usage – WLS-TV, Chicago
Pols and activists blast Atlantic Yards project – Gotham Gazette

High Speed Pork

High-speed rail is expensive and inefficient – Randal O’Toole, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Is High-Speed Rail a Good Public Investment? – Edward L. Glaeser, New York Times
High-Speed Rail and CO2 – Eric A. Morris, Freakonomics
Florida’s high-speed rail proposals need hard scrutiny – Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
Oregon bids for high-speed rail between Portland and Eugene – Oregon Live
Western Pa. maglev project seeks stimulus money – Philadelphia Inquirer
Midwest governors push for high-speed rail network – USA Today

Across the Trenches

Blumenauer Introduces Bill to Promote Low-Carbon, Low-Cost Commuting Options – MassTransit Mag
Crist should reject both plans to expand the Urban Development Boundary – Miami Herald
Report: U.S. Can Cut Half Its Carbon Emissions From Transportation by 2050 – New York Times
State honors Volusia’s smart growth efforts – Daytona Beach News-Journal
American Transport Policy, Stuck in Highway Mode – Transport Politic
The Will to Curb Sprawl – Tampa Tribune
At Senate lunch, talk of DOT role in climate and energy – Fast Lanes, USDOT Blog
DART’s Light Rail Expansion Fuels Local Economy – KERA, Texas
The brains behind Smart Growth – Long Island Business News
Smart Growth in Southern Utah – The Spectrum
Smart Growth & Sustainable Development at HUD – Seattle Times

Three Cheers!

“When asked whether the city should adopt mandatory rules for developers to include low-income housing in their projects, all of the candidates said no…. Opponents say it [inclusionary zoning mandates] raises the cost of doing business and the additional expense is passed on to other homebuyers and renters.”  Charlotte Observer

Quotes of the Week*

“If you’re going to do a transit system, you do it as big as you can. People are not attracted to a piecemeal system. They want to see the whole sum of its parts.” Light rail activist Clay Chastain on a new petition he is submitting to the Kansas City Council.

“I called him Casper because he had a habit of vanishing like a ghost. But then some of the drivers told me he had been catching the bus.” Susan Finden on her cat, a transit regular that has been free-riding a near-empty bus for four years.

* Submit your nominees for Quote of the Year by emailing me at ed@americandreamcoalition.org. Check for past nominees on our website here.

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