January 2 – 8, 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
Walkable Fantasy – Randal O’Toole, Big Sky Business Journal

GPS Users Reveal Which US Cities Are Truly The Most Congested – Fox Business

TomTom’s 20 Most Traffic Congested Cities – Jalopnik.com

Zipcar & Zimride expand car and ride sharing program to reduce congestion – PR Newswire

U.S. scrapped more cars than bought new ones – Reuters.com

The next ten years: Smart cars, smart roads, more transit – Deseret News, Utah

Web site aims to help riders share a cab from Sea-Tac – Seattle Times

Virginia DOT Defends Red Light Camera Study – theNewspaper.com

Billboard Big Brother? – Sam Staley, Reason.com

Freight trains make big comeback in nation’s transportation network – L.A. Times

Reducing Congestion & Improving Travel Options in Los Angeles New Geography

FasTracks funding gap widens – Denver Post

Public transit funding favors white riders: Lawsuit – Breaking News Center, Chicago

SeaTac buys 4.2-acre site for $12.7M for light rail station – Puget Sound Business Journal

Buses are no longer free in downtown Portland – Oregon Live

Governor says Pennsylvania’s transit agencies will get toll revenues – Toll Road News

Lawsuit Alleges Racial Discrimination in Illinois Transit – Chicago Public Radio

Man falls in front of departing MAX train, survives – The Oregonian

Two injured after car and light rail train collision in Minnesota – JusticeNewsFlash.com

Girl hit by train, killed in Middle River – Baltimore Sun

Housing & Land Use

Housing: Density & Desire – Rick Harrison, New Geography

Why our bubble wasn’t bigger – John Hood, Daily Journal, North Carolina

Avoiding Housing Bubbles: Regulating the (Land Use) Regulators – Wendell Cox, New Geography

The affordable housing myth – Hollister Free Lance

Unraveling the Mystery of ‘Affordable’ Housing – New York Times

D.C. heat stagnates Baltimore’s air – Baltimore Sun

Retail space opens up as big chains shrink – L.A. Times

U.S. Loan Effort Is Seen as Adding to Housing Woes – New York Times

Why New York City Needs a New Economic Strategy – Joel Kotkin, New Geography

Texas Doesn’t Just Hold ‘Em; It Gains ‘Em – CoStar Groups

Migration Matters – Urbanophile

Collier suspends impact fee relief for affordable housing units – Naples News, Florida

State objects to development plan – FloridaToday.com

Effort to limit Valley sprawl hits crucial stage – Fresno Bee

Ambitious Downtown Transit Project Is at Hand – New York Times

Oregon’s Land Use Planners Face The New Year – OPB News, Washington

Portland’s counties argue over growth – Statesman Journal

County miffed over impact of TIFs – StJoesNews.net, Missouri

Year of the TIF – Chicago Journal

Columbia U Gets a Lesson in Property Rights – Wall Street Journal

Justice: Eagan took eminent domain authority too far – Minneapolis Star-Tribune

A blight grows in Brooklyn – George Will, Merced Star-Sun

Freedom & Grassroots/Three Cheers!

‘Command and control’ growth management won’t work – Ed Braddy, Gainesville Sun, Florida

Steven Greenhut launches the new Cal Watch Dog website – Orange Juice Blog

Affordable housing ruling a setback to cities – San Francisco Chronicle

Petitioning to start on eminent domain measure in Missouri
– Joplin Globe

One Place, Two Cities

Incentive to kick driving habit in Austin – Statesman.com

Austin workers get access to cars for business or personal use – Chronicle

Not So Sustainable

Public Transit 2010: Higher Fares and Less Service – Eileen Norcross, Neighborhood Effects

US Public-Transit Passengers Face Rough Ride – Transport Workers Solidarity Committee

Washington Metro to cut call center hours to ease shortfall – Washington Post

Metro board asked to wield knife on service this week – Washington Examiner

High Speed Rail

High-speed rail should go underground in San Jose – Mercury News

Las Vegas Monorail Exhausting Ambac Surety for Debt – Bloomberg.com

Hawaii will probably hold public hearings on rail transit – Honolulu Advertiser

Train fares have gone off the rails – The Guardian, UK

Lobbying For Stops On High-Speed Rail Line – News-13, Florida

Bullet-train folly – Press-Enterprise, California

Growth Management Globally

Planned cities have all the answers – MumbaiMirror.com

For Some in Japan, Home Is a Tiny Plastic Bunk – New York Times

Across the Tracks

What we learned from the stimulus (PDF) – Smart Growth America

Rethinking Public Participation for Smart Growth – City Fix

Wheels come off an American romance – C-Questor Newsletter

Dodd and Dorgan Retiring: The Consequences for Transportation Policy – Streetsblog.org

Congress still can’t find Main Street – Charlotte Observer

Another year, another light rail plan – Prime Buzz, Kansas City

Backers say busway & rail plans more than just ways to connect cities – Hartford Courant

Is car-sharing environmentally counter-productive? – P2P Foundation

Transit Agencies Upset by Schwarzenegger’s Plan to Divert Funds – San Francisco Streetsblog

Planners getting ‘smart’ training – Cumberland Times-News, Maryland

Smart Growth Leader Tells Planning Commission: NYC Can Do Better – New York Streetsblog

Moving toward a sustainable economy – The Cap Times, Wisconsin

Two-Legged Creatures in a Four-Wheeled World – Biscayne Times, Florida

Two (very different) planned towns in Maryland – Discovering New Urbanism

Encouraging developers to take a “GreenTRIP” – Smart Growth America

Too True To Be Good

People stranded in train rescued after 25 hours in China – The International News

State Officials See 66-Point Plan As Guide To Prosperity – Hartford Courant

San Jose, home developers balk at proposed air pollution guidelines
– Mercury News
Stop this train, I want to get (my pants) off – Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Metro train nearly hits independent safety inspectors – Washington Post

Quote of the Year Nominees*

     “I can coexist with Columbia. Why can’t Columbia coexist with me?” Businessman Nick Sprayregen, who is fighting an eminent domain action by Columbia University.

     “What we think this is, is a money grab by the local government.” Tom Lykos of the Collier Building Industry Association, on his county’s decision to re-impose impact fees.

     “I’m a big fan of light rail,” said the Capitol Hill resident. “But people still take cabs. This is a little experiment to see if it works.” Ben Eidelson, co-proprietor of a website promoting cab-sharing at the Seattle airport.

* Comments?  Please send me your feedback at ed@americandreamcoalition.org.

** Check out Interviews with the Experts for the latest commentary on trends taking place in cities all across America. **

*** This Communicator sponsored by Happy Smart Growth ***

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