Sept 26 – Oct 2, 2009

News & commentary about urban policy in America’s cities.

** Must See TV: ADC Videos by Topic **

Mobility & Transportation
Aristocrats can afford car-free days – Sam Kazman, Washington Examiner
‘Intelligent Car’ Able To Learn From Owner’s Driving – Science Daily
Aging buyers, urbanization force small cars to market – Detroit Free Press
Traffic congestion tying up economic development – Fort Worth Business Press
Light rail projects are anything but immune to lawsuits – Finance & Commerce, Minnesota
Light-rail dreams prove costly for Kansas City – Kansas City Star
Light-rail cost balloons by extra $200 million – Standard Freeholder, Ontario
Layoffs Hit Metro Light Rail Due to Higher Operating Costs –, Arizona
Jacksonville commuter rail would be costly –, Florida
South Seattle residents show unhappiness with bus route changes – Seattle PI
The Bus Stops Here – Wall Street Journal
Double-wide bike lanes in Portland running on empty – Daily Journal of Commerce, Oregon
Presidio is a park, not a shortcut – San Francisco Chronicle
Hunts traffic calming ‘chaos’ – Hunts Post 24, UK
Proposed ICC Tolls Among Nation’s Highest – Washington Post
States Rush to Avoid Losing $9 Billion in Highway Funds – Wall Street Journal
Light Rail Train Strikes Car, Two Injured – KIRO-TV, Seattle
Another Sound Transit and car collide on the light-rail tracks – Seattle Times
Emergency Button Helps Man Attacked At Light Rail Station –, North Carolina
Metrolink’s death toll: 244 – L.A. Observed

Housing & Land Use
How Urban Planners Caused the Housing Bubble – Randal O’Toole, Cato Institute
How Smart Growth Disadvantages African-Americans & Hispanics – Wendell Cox, New Geography
TIF for Tat: The Folly of Tax Increment Financing – Sam Staley, Reason Foundation
The Next Youth-Magnet Cities – Wall Street Journal
Bay Area delegates promote smart growth in D.C. – San Francisco Chronicle
County planners back mixed-use development near Red Line stations – Baltimore Sun
Land-use report: Growth will pay for itself over time – Orlando Sentinel
For cities, recession offers time to think long-term – Star-Tribune, Minnesota
Eastside’s smart growth development plans get mixed reviews – Frederick News Post, Maryland
Of Blight and Men – Wall Street Journal
City wins lady’s land – Daily Herald, Tennessee
City to buy land in ‘hostile’ taking – Daily News, Massachusettes
Affordable housing, nonprofits add burden to tax base –, New York
Tipton County OKs support, TIF money, for mystery company –
TIFs causing business un-development in Hoffman Estates –

Freedom & Grassroots
Watch the tyrants in your town – Steven Greenhut, Orange County Register
Three golden rules of transportation planners – Tom Rubin,
Horsepower Sure Beats Horses! – Robert Bradley,
Urban Planners Know What Is Good for Us! – Show-Me Daily, Missouri
Ten Thousand Pound Gorilla Jumps In – Santa Barbara Independent
Calgary council gears up for heated debate on city’s future – Calgary Herald, Canada

Three Cheers!
Dale Francisco looks to shake up City Hall – Daily Sound, Santa Barbara
(Dale is an ADC ally, having attended numerous ADC conferences – ed.)

High Speed Rail
Will Obama’s High-Speed Rail Plan Become a Subsidy for Freight Railroads? – Ron Utt, Heritage
Taiwan high-speed rail: From pride to embarrassment – Google News, AFP
Speed up Miami-Orlando bullet train – Miami Herald
Disney throws weight behind Orlando-Tampa high-speed rail project –
US train delegation returns from Spain – Chicago Tribune
Rapid rail would be a money-loser in Missouri – St. Louis Today
High-speed rail hits another speed bump –, Illinois
High-speed rail project sidetracked – Union Leader, New Hampshire
State reveals detailed high-speed train plans from San Francisco to San Jose – Mercury News

Across the Trenches
The sprawl economy – James Howard Kunstler, The Day, Connecticut
The Obama Adminstration’s Sustainable Infrastructure Strategy –
Enviros oppose State Planning Commission redo – Daily Record, New Jersey
2050 vision for Valley: 400 miles of new highways – Arizona Republic
Zoning, zoning, and more zoning – Belmont Citizen-Herald, Massachusetts
Why undermine Smart Growth? –
Smart Growth in Pr. George’s Pushed to Maximize Transit – Washington Post
Suburbs are big winners now, but what does the future hold? – Des Moines Register, Iowa
L.A.’s Mass Transition – Slate
Citizens eye change in car-dominated Houston – Financial Times, UK
The End of Suburban Sprawl? –, New York
The secret life of a bus-riding movie producer – Discovering Urbanism
Creating Neighborhood Capital from Strip Malls – Planetizen
Planners unveil ideas for sustainable development – Santa Fe New Mexican

Quote of the Year Nominees*

“When they started this smart-growth stuff, it was supposed to bring taxes down. Instead, it’s been going up,” Frederick resident Charles Smith, on the unanticipated consequences of Smart Growth.

“Weeklong events include free-fare days, a food drive, scavenger hunt and appreciation days for riders and operators.” Promotional literature for the Raleigh-Durham “Try Transit Week” campaign.

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

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