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 – KPHO.com, Arizona
Jacksonville commuter rail would be costly – Jacksonville.com, 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 – WSOCTV.com, 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 – LoHud.com, New York
Tipton County OKs support, TIF money, for mystery company – IndyStar.com
TIFs causing business un-development in Hoffman Estates – OpenIllinois.org

Freedom & Grassroots
Watch the tyrants in your town – Steven Greenhut, Orange County Register
Three golden rules of transportation planners – Tom Rubin, TollRoadNews.com
Horsepower Sure Beats Horses! – Robert Bradley, MasterResource.org
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 – TampaBay.com
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 – Pantagraph.com, 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 – Treehugger.com
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? – NewJersey.com
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? – WNYC.com, 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 ed@americandreamcoalition.org.  Check for past nominees on our website here.

** This Communicator sponsored by Happy Smart Growth **
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