January 16 – 22, 2010

The American Dream Communicator
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

           
>> Must See TV – Light Rail: A Money Scam?, “Stossel” Fox Business News <<


Mobility & Transportation

The Non-Transportation U.S. Department of Transportation – Sam Staley, Hawaii Reporter

Almost all US stimulus public transit funds granted – Interactive Investor

Are new transit guidelines an improvement? – Greg Cohen, National Journal

LaHood Eliminates Cost-Efficiency Rules – Randal O’Toole, Think Tank West

“Prius perks” ending in December – Autoblog Green

GPS study ranks Capital Beltway third worst for freeway congestion – Washington Post

Virginia governor plans to delay legislative fixes on transportation – Washington Post

Atlanta Forward: Arterial Street System Needed – Wendell Cox, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Only 67 passengers ride new Amtrak train between Seattle and Vancouver – Washington Policy Blog

NY MTA lost millions of riders and dollars last year – ProgressiveRailroading.com

Concrete must be ripped out, repoured on part of light rail – PilotOnline.com, Virginia

Light rail construction vexes Sheppard businesses – CBC News, Toronto

Bellevue council considers new light-rail route – Seattle Times

VTA plan to extend light rail to Los Gatos is back on track – Mercury News

$1.5M agreement in rail death suit – Daily Record, Maryland

Downtown Phoenix emerges as light-rail collision hot spot – Arizona Republic

Light Rail & Car Collide In Linthicum – WJZ.com, Maryland

Parking ahead – Boston Globe

The Road West – New York Times


New Release:
  6th Annual International Housing Affordability Survey

Housing & Land Use

The War Against Suburbia – Joel Kotkin, The American

Picture-perfect Portland? – Aaron Renn, OregonLive.com

Suburbs & Cul-de-Sacs: Is The Romance Over? – Rick Harrison, New Geogrpahy

State’s New Green Building Codes Have Some Crying Foul – SolveClimate.com

Montgomery County considers development czars – Washington Examiner

Panel assesses area real estate, sees burdensome “new urbanism” rules – Gainesville Sun, Florida

Tampa Bay remains middle of the pack on Sun Belt economic scorecard – St. Petersburg Times

Our Aussie dream crisis – Adelaide Now, Australia

New Domino: “Authenticity” and Affordable Housing – Next American City

Walkersville officials are at odds with draft plan – Frederick New Post, Maryland

Bill’s transit provision irks local planners – Daily Reporter, Wisconsin

Report: Regulations hurt housing – LancasterOnline.com, Pennsylvania

Wal-Mart no more – Smoky Mountain News, North Carolina

Tax increment financing takes bigger toll on budget
Kansas City Business Journal
County, KC enter ‘civil war’ over TIF funds – Examiner.net, Missouri

Revel may get $300 million in TIF tax break – Press of Atlantic City

Will State Lawmakers Take On TIF This Year?
– Progress Illinois
Using blight incentives for ag land questioned – Denver Post

Eminent Domain is Alive and Well – UPI.com

Robin Hood in Reverse – City Journal, New York


Three Cheers!

Attorney general proposes property rights reform – TriCityHerald.com, Washington

The end of the era of EPURA & TIF – Estes Park Trail-Gazette, Colorado

Building light-rail transit systems not feasible: premier – Taiwan News


Freedom & Grassroots

Martin Luther King, Freedom & the Automobile – Truth About Cars

Black groups sue over Central Corridor light-rail line – TwinCities.com

What’s keeping state in sorry shape – Steven Greenhut, Orange County Register

Highlights from the 2010 Detroit Auto Show – MSN.com

Critics & proponents of Honolulu’s proposed elevated rail will clash at State Capitol – iLind.net

Merits of transit tax debated – Tampa Bay Online, Florida

Missing It:
E-Yikes! Electric Bikes Terrorize the Streets of China – Wall Street Journal
Getting It:
E-Bikes, China and Human Aspirations – Wendell Cox, New Geography

Not So Sustainable
Squeezing transit dollars – Baltimore Sun

Transit agency seeks route cuts, fare hikes – San Francisco Chronicle

Sacramento buses, rail face more budget squeezes – Sacramento Bee

BART debates whether to raise fares, lay off workers to cope with budget deficit – Oakland Tribune

MTA revises doomsday plan – YourNabe.com, New York

DRPA planning makeover for Camden transit hubs – Philly.com

Beaverton Round TOD land ownership, future stuck in limbo – OregonLive.com

High Speed Rail

High-Speed Rail: Toward Least Worst Projections – Wendell Cox, New Geography

Obama Transportation Sec’y Ray LaHood’s HSR rail slush fund – MichelleMalkin.com

After all the promises, will taxpayers be stuck with the monorail’s bills? – Las Vegas Sun

Rail fight heats up – San Mateo Daily Journal, California

California HSR Plans Spark Environmentalist Infighting – Heartland Institute

Trouble down the track – Financial Express, China

Hong Kong passes controversial $8.6 billion plan for HSR link to China – Canadian Press


The European Model

Air France rail plans grounded by government
– Travel News
Grasp potential of personal rapid transport, consultant tells Mayor – TransportXtra.com


Across the Tracks

American Suburbia vs. the Planet – Huffington Post

Obama Quietly Gets Federal Agencies Involved in Transport Planning – DC Streetsblog

Advocates hope Obama-Biden visit is to award rail funds – Tampa Bay Online

Trouble ahead (or trouble behind) for Florida rail dreams? – Orlando Sentinel

To Create Jobs, Build Public Transit, Not Highways
Autopia
Exploring Regionalism: Worthy Task Won’t Be Easy – Hartford Courant

Poverty growing faster in suburbs – Baltimore Sun

America at a standstill – Neal Peirce, Denver Post

Smart Growth and its Challenges in Cities – Greenhoof

Everything I Learned about Smart Growth, I Lived in College – Waxing Philosophical

Business leader: High-speed rail vital to region’s competitiveness – Bradenton.com

Edmond planners asked to construct ‘complete streets’ – NewsOK, Oklahoma

Bu$ vs. car? Public transit can save riders an average of $9,200 a year – Autoblog Green

How to finance TransLink – Vancouver Sun

Automobiles dominate Climate Protection Conference Expo – Austin On Two Wheels


Too True To Be Good

Green home award winners flunk walkability test – USA Today

Computers down at all 168 California DMV offices – Associated Press


Quote of the Year Nominees*

        The e-bike is a necessity for my work. The fastest and cheapest traffic vehicle I can afford. It’s the same for most riders here. I can finish my work on the bike. There are no buses in many places and I can’t afford to buy a car. What do you expect me to do?” Yu Dejiang, expressing the common sentiment in China for mobility that has led to explosive growth in electric bicycles.

        “Five bucks is ridiculous. You might as well get a car.” Catrina McKneely, on the increased transit fares in San Francisco.


        “People are intelligent in the abstract. They just get stupid when they talk about their own back yards.” N
ew Urbanist guru Andres Duany, on the very people he hopes will buy his new book, The Smart Growth Manual.

        “I’m not (for) smart growth. I’m (for) no growth.” Town Commissioner Russell Winch, drawing a distinction between two terms that often get confused when matching results.


* Come across a good quote?  Send it to me at
ed@americandreamcoalition.org.  Check for past quotations in our Communicators on our website here.

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