January 23 – 29, 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

Mobility & Transportation

Thinking Through the Right Transportation, the Right Place & the Right Time – Sam Staley, Planetizen

Moving past the traffic congestion debate – Barbara Hollingsworth, Washington Examiner

National vehicle history database goes live – Breitbart.com

Study: Driver cell phone bans don’t reduce crashes – Washington Examiner

How the Apple iPad changes the commuting equation – Tory Gattis, Houston Strategies

Stretch of H-1 is nation’s 2nd-worst – Honolulu Advertiser

Don’t judge rail report by its partisan cover
– Tampa Tribune
Tentative deal reached for I-90 light rail – Bellingham Herald, Washington

Amtrak threatens to stop Central Florida service – Palm Beach Post, Florida

New METRO rail line affects schools, businesses – KTRK-TV, Houston

Light rail brings changes in Metro bus routes – Highline Times, Washington

Light Rail Construction On East Line Not Going Smoothly For Businesses – Houston Press

How Much Has New Rail Transit Cost? – Randal O’Toole, The Antiplanner

Delays increase up-front cost of light-rail line in St. Paul, Minneapolis – TwinCities.com

Bellevue urges new route for light rail – Seattle Times

BART funds withheld for possible violations of Civil Rights Act – Free Speech Radio News

Threat to San Francisco’s Bart Expansion – New York Times

Metro service back to normal after double fatality – WTOP.com, Washington

Light-rail train and car collide in Rainier Beach – Seattle Times

Pedestrian Struck By Muni Light Rail On Ocean View Line – KTVU.com, San Francisco

Man Hit by Light Rail Train in Warehouse District – MyFoxTwinCities.com, Minnesota

Light-rail train strikes car in Phoenix – AZCentral.com, Arizona

Neighbors Say Traffic Calming Devices Anything But Calm – 10TV.com, Ohio

Housing & Land Use

Obama’s War on Sprawl – Sam Staley, Reason Foundation

Housing Unaffordability as Public Policy – Wendell Cox, New Geography

Phoenix, put aside dreams of Gotham – Joel Kotkin, Arizona Republic

One problem with New Urbanism is its lack of flexibility – Randy Bright, Tulsa Beacon

Texas Leads U.S. in High-Growth Cities – Yahoo Real Estate

Vancouver named most unaffordable housing market – British Columbia News

Chairman Frank says House panel to suggest abolishing Fannie, Freddie – Washington Post

Sprawling Urban Definitions – Urban Omnibus

Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2010 – Next-Generation Projects – Real Concepts

Wide Fallout in Failed Deal for Stuyvesant Town – New York Times

Suburban retrofit, a solution to sprawl – WFAE.org, North Carolina

New idea throws out sprawl; opts for walkable communities – RRStar.com, Illinois

New Urbanist development could cost taxpayers $895 million – Washington Examiner

Small businesses struggle on new faux Main Streets – Charlotte Observer, North Carolina

Report shows how Montgomery, Fairfax measure up – Washington Post

Owners irked by historic designation for their properties – Gazette.net, Maryland

Church-state battle brews over shuttered churches
– NewsOK.com, Oklahoma
City shells out another $31 million to help developer buy land – NY Daily News

Air impact fees clear last state legal hurdle – Hanford Sentinel, California

$3 million light-rail assessment on businesses OK’d, but deferred – StarTribune.com, Minnesota

Jackson County sues Kansas City over TIF commission – KansasCity.com

SeaTac venture is not a public use – Seattle Times

Cathedral City moves forward with its eminent domain plans – MyDesert.com, California

Condemnation of couple’s Roanoke property to proceed – Roanoke.com, Virginia

Three Cheers!

Eminent domain off the table in Beachfront South – APP.com

SeaTac City Council rescinds eminent domain claim against Park-N-Fly – B-Townblog.com

Not So Sustainable

L.A. County transit agency projects historic budget shortfall – L.A. Times

Muni looks at some of deepest service cuts ever – San Francisco Chronicle

The 2008 Farebox Numbers – Cap’n Transit Rides Again

Gas tax best way to fund light rail, planner says – National Post

Poll: Voters for $2.1 billion from property taxes for light rail – Slog News & Arts, Seattle

Mayor Daley: Can’t stop CTA service cuts – Chicago Sun-Times

Regional Transit faces $16M budget gap – Sacramento Business Journal

High Speed Rail

High Speed Rail Grants Issued – HighSpeed-Rail.org

HSR grants announced; CA, FL, and IL are lucky recipients – The Transport Politic

Can High-Speed Rail Succeed in America? – Time.com

Fast Track to the Future: A High-Speed Rail Agenda for America – Progressive Fix

California high-speed rail project’s flaws publicized – Sacramento Bee

Many HSR jobs to go to foreign companies with fast-train experience – CanadianBusiness.com

Is High-Speed Rail on the Horizon? – IndustryWeek.com

Obama revs up Tampa with $1.25 billion in rail money – St. Petersburg Times

Congressman says start high speed rail in Orlando – WBDO.com, Orlando

Nevada not included on list for high-speed rail projects – Las Vegas Sun

Oklahoma High-Speed Rail Grant Rejected – NewsOn6.com, Oklahoma

High-speed rail plan to move at slower pace – Chicago Breaking News

Small towns concerned about high-speed rail – State Journal-Register, Illinois

Take that, NIMBYs: Pro high-speed train movement picks up steam
Oakland Tribune
After all the promises, will taxpayers be stuck with the monorail’s bills? – Las Vegas Sun

Taiwan High Speed Rail says no to private sector lenders – infrAsia.com

Growth Management Globally

A Trip to Vancouver Brings Density to Mind – OregonLive.com

Vancouver Retains Top Spot For Most Expensive Housing – Unambiguously Ambidextrous

Information technology could play key role in travel
– Sustainable Development Commission, UK
Next Steps After Copenhagen: Transportation – World Resources Institute

Australian Home Building Won’t Meet Demand
Bloomberg Business Week
Sydney housing world’s ‘second least affordable’
– Architecture & Design
China Property Rights May Be Increased – Huffington Post

European groups against the High Speed Train join forces in Hendaia
– Leherensuge

Across the Tracks

Has Sprawl Recovered Enough for the National Economy? – The New Republic

Senate Weighs $14B for Roads, $7.5B for Transit in Jobs Bill – Streetsblog.org

‘Smart Growth’ drives rail plan – Taunton Daily Gazette, Massachusetts

Ken Greenberg on the Future of Urban Planning
Review of outdated policies takes aim at urban sprawl – Centretown News, Canada

Refuting Critics of Smart Growth (Again) – Planetizen

Building a sustainable future – Vernon Morning Star

Our love affair with the car: On the rocks, or a rough patch? – Philadelphia Inquirer

Public Transportation Creates More Jobs – DailyKos.com

Getting light rail back on track – Memphis Commercial Appeal

Welcome to Utah – Just don’t breathe – Standard.net

How “green” is public transport? – Auckland Transport Blog

Portland: another challenging chart – HumanTransit.org

Take Control Away >From Drivers to ‘Combat Climate Change’ – UNETS Detroit

Nothing’s New Urbanism
Milton residents offer transportation fixes – NorthFulton.com, Georgia

Detroit’s revival hinges on efficient mass transit: PBS documentary – Detroit Free Press

New restrictions placed on Market Street traffic – Silicon Valley Mercury News

Budget, light rail, sustainability discussed at Mercer Island planning session
– MI-Reporter.com, Washington

Now You Know

Can Slime Molds Solve Traffic Jams? – Fox News

First date etiquette: How to handle public transportation – ChicagoNow.com

Woman sues Metra over exploding toilet – Chicago Bar-Tender

When New Urbanists Attack!

Burning bagel empties Portland City Hall – Breitbart.com

Injured man tried to karate chop moving train – CourierMail.com.au, Australia

Celebrity cat killed in hit and run – The Herald, UK

Quote of the Week

        “I see St. Louis and larger cities benefiting from high-speed rail much more than Carlinville.  I see more negative in the high-speed rail than positive, especially for smaller communities.” Carlinville Mayor Bob Schwab, on the safety and traffic concerns for those left out of the HSR sweepstakes. 

“For us, if it calls for selling or shutting down the property and losing this particular spot, we’ll be forced to look for another location for Our Network School.” Kathy Carter, on having to make room for ‘progress,’ also known as light rail.

        “It’s the poster child for the entire housing bubble.  There’ll be some other spectacular blowups, but this will be at the top of the pecking order.” Daniel Alpert, managing partner of Westwood Capital on the collapse of the Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village project.

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