October 31 – November 6, 2009

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

Save the Date
June 10-12, 2010
– the 8th Annual Preserving the American Dream Conference, Orlando, Florida

Mobility & Transportation
New transport super agency takes over – Boston Herald

Atlanta Toll Lanes Top Priority for Privately Funded Program – Georgia Public Broadcasting

Florida lawmakers urged to go slow on transportation funding – Jacksonville News

Clunker pick-ups traded for new pick-ups – Associated Press

Grand plans for Denver rail hit wall of fiscal reality – New York Times

Fiscal Blood on the Tracks – Mitchell Moss, New York Times

Transit authority faces $98 million deficit – far worse than projected – San Jose Mercury News

Light-rail funding hits snag: Matching-funds provision opposed – Crain’s Detroit Business

Transit systems face difficulties with funding – Des Moines Register

Transit strike hits Philadelphia – WCBS-880

5 hurt as light-rail train, minivan collide – AZ Central

Woman Raped Along Uptown Light Rail Line – WSOC-TV, Charlotte, North Carolina

Two people killed in Caltrain tracks in San Jose and Redwood City – San Jose Mercury News

San Fran’s latest battle royale: parking meters – San Francisco Chronicle

Transit travel a risk factor for flu – Chicago Tribune

Housing & Land Use

Congress and the Administration Take Aim at Local Democracy
– Wendell Cox, New Geography

Numbers Don’t Support Migration Exodus to “Cool Cities” – Joel Kotkin, New Geography

Restrictive Growth Management: A Necessary Condition for the Housing Bubble – Homes 101

A look behind the lack of affordable family housing – Washington Post

L.A. Forced to Rethink Affordable Housing Plan – L.A. Weekly

Nashville’s ‘affordable’ condos miss their target – Tennessean.com

Backyard cottages OK’d in Seattle – Seattle Post-Intelligencer

New Urbanist Tysons will need $15 billion — ‘with a B’ – Washington Post

Work force housing shortage to grow – Washington Business Journal

Now is not the time to restrict residential growth in Tulsa – Tulsa Beacon

D.C.’s Affordable Condos Are Great—Just Don’t Move Any Time Soon – Washington City Paper

Cities use inclusionary zoning as housing costs climb – InterPress Service

Seattle overwhelmingly passes affordable-housing levy – Seattle Times

A tiff over a TIF – Ottumwa Courier, Iowa

It’s hard to trust fiscally suspect city with TIFs – The State, South Carolina

Clerk, assessor urge caution with TIF deals – Madison County Journal

How We Can Use TIF Funds – Gapers Block, Chicago

Eminent domain may be used for new city hall – Nueces County Record Star

City moves forward with seizure of family’s land – Orange County Register

Freedom & Grassroots

N.Y.’s eminent domain law is unfair and unconstitutional – Vincent Caravan, Valley News

Why do Obama socialists whine about “urban sprawl”? – Urban Place

On the spot: Putting parking in its proper place – Washington Post

TDR’s and Private Property Rights – McKinney Courier-Gazette, Texas

Florida’s battleground issue – Palm Beach Post

Sparks fly from US city halls as streetcars become objects of desire, scorn – Fox-43, Pennsylvania

Three Cheers!

Texans vote to limit state’s eminent domain powers – Dallas Morning News

Smart Growth Places 3rd in Houston Mayor’s Race – New Geography

AG: City can’t take land for economic development – News Star, Louisiana

Nothing’s New Urbanism

Input sought for Durham’s downtown plans – Foster’s Daily Democrat, North Carolina

The aftertaste of gentrification – Miami Bourbaki

Vibrant Urbanism

Prostitute maces 9-year-old on L.A. subway – People of Public Transit

Growth Management Globally

Overseas housing too pricey for most Americans – Wallet Pop

Home ownership down, renting up – Brisbane Times, Australia

A Canadian Says “Short Canada” – Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis

Bottlenecks choking recovery – Australian Business

High Speed Rail

Warren Buffett’s Bet on Rail and America – Seeking Alpha

Stimulus Sparks Scuffle Among High-Speed Rail Boosters – New York Times

Wisconsin senators call for stimulus funds for high-speed rail – BizTimes.com
Governor Crist Wants Special Session On Florida Commuter Rail – CBS-4

State extends HSR train planning beyond rail line – Oakland Tribune

Across the Trenches

Greening the City – Richard Florida, The Atlantic

New urbanist planners wrap up transportation conference in Portland – Oregon Live

Study calls Maryland smart growth a flop – Washington Post

“Of course” “smart growth” in Maryland is a “flop” – Urban Places & Spaces

It’s Time to Rebuild Our Passenger Railroad System – AlterNet

Voters support transit at the polls, says APTA – Metro-Magazine

L.A. Light Rail? Or Keep Your Car? – L.A. Weekly

Charlotte mayor advises Hillsborough not to delay building light rail – TampaBay.com

Maglev transit project pushed, could create jobs – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Northern Virginia Doesn’t Need New Highways – Think Progress

Transit and Congestion, an Indirect Connection – D.C. StreetsBlog

S.F. transportation costs lower than in suburbs – San Francisco Chronicle

Study: Housing and transport costs burden SF area – Silicon Valley Mercury News

Revolutionary Concept: Put Urban Sprawl to a Vote – Biscayne Times

The Perils of Cul-de-Sac Development – StreetsBlog, New York

Future growth, smart growth – Herald Tribune, Florida

Quote of the Year Nominees*

“Where do these socialistic liberals expect people to live, especially since the liberals love importing millions of immigrants? They want to force the average person into soviet 50 story government housing projects downtown or build some bleak crowded Bronx style urban ghetto type development and dependent on smelly busses while the people whining about sprawl probably live in a place like Orange County.” Urban Place blogger, on those who whine about sprawl.

“New Urbanism for the uninitiated is neo-liberal ethnic cleansing.” Glenn Gaven.

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