February 13 – 19, 2010

The American Dream Communicator                  
News & commentary about urban policy in America’s cities.

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

            Must See TV: P.J. O’Rourke – “Where Was the Government with Studebaker?” ReasonTV.com

Mobility & Transportation

Committing to rail plans would cost too much – Randal O’Toole, Detroit Free-Press

Jonathan Yardley reviews “The Routes of Man” by Ted Conover – Washington Post

Cities Prepare for Life With the Electric Car – New York Times

Best And Worst Cities For Commuters – Forbes.com

Is Bigger Better? ‘Monster’ Trains vs Freight Trains – Popular Mechanics

The Urgency of Resurrecting Congestion Pricing in New York – DMI Report

Nashville Considers Light Rail, but the City’s Unfit for It – Transport Politic

U.S. Blocks $70 Million for Rail Line in Bay Area – New York Times

Stimulus Boosts Bus Transit – Capitol Confidential, Michigan

Bellevue Wants Light Rail Off Its Streets – KUOW.com, Washington

Cheaper gas, fewer jobs reduce Hawaii’s public transit ridership – Honolulu Advertiser

HRT chief asks for state investigation of light-rail project – Virginian Pilot

Muni’s outside costs assailed by officials
– San Francisco Examiner
Light Rail final costs more than $100M over budget – WAVY.com, Virginia

TriMet’s Westside Express Service $44 million over budget – Portland Tribune

What really derails Metro – Washington Post

Light-rail construction will jam traffic – mnDaily.com, Minnesota

As light-rail process chugs along, it’s Sue City, Sue – Minneapolis Star-Tribune

3 injured when San Francisco light-rail cars collide – Associated Press

Scottsdale neighborhood balks at planned roundabout – Arizona Republic

Yike Bike – Urban Freedom – Discovery Channel

Housing & Land Use

The Heavy Price of Growth Management in Seattle – Wendell Cox, New Geography

Resisting Dickensian Gloom – Tony Recsei, Planetizen

Nation’s churches are continuing to struggle to survive – Randy Bright, Tulsa Beacon

Land Planning: Put Tech and Team on The Same Page – Rick Harrison, New Geography

High density development actually increases global warming? – Sierra Madre Tattler

Village Vices: The Contradiction of New Urbanism and Sustainability – Design Observer

10 Cities for Real Estate Steals – US News

Demographics, technology might combine to halt sprawl – Montreal Gazette

“Smart Growth” from a Dumb Agency – Cato @ Liberty

Sprawl and a city divided – Barry Noreen, Colorado Springs Gazette

Developer gives up on smart-growth Kingston project – Patriot Ledger, Massachusetts

Somerville wants “Transit Village” designation – MyCentralJersey.com

Stop the state’s seizure of redevelopment funds – Desert Sun, California

The ongoing case against privatization – ChicagoReader.com

City Hall sues to enforce affordable housing agreement
– SMDP.com, California
Planning Board Gives OK To Eminent Domain Action – Hartford Courant, Connecticut

New Wrinkle in Eminent Domain? – Wyoming Energy News

Freedom & Grassroots
Rebuttal to Pomerance on sustainable development – Kathleen Calongne, Daily Camera, Colorado

Tucson Taxpayers Duped By $63 Million Light Rail Grant
– Arizona Reporter

Not So Sustainable

Lost in Transit – New York Times

FTA Won’t Fund Connector, $70 Million to Go to Transit Ops – Streetsblog San Francisco

Tolls for I-80 still key to transit funding, PA Gov says – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Officials: NJ Transit riders may face up to 30% hike
– DailyJournal.com, New Jersey
Planners may combine 2 light-rail routes to get federal funding – Nola.com

High Speed Rail

Rail Expert Reutter: White House Misfired on High-Speed Rail Stimulus – DC Streetsblog

Advocate ‘Doc’ Dockery: Bullet Train Safe, Efficient – TheLedger.com, Florida

Mixed signals?
– US Infrastructure
High-Speed Rail Losers – U.S. News

High Speed Trains in US to be Slower Than Those in Europe, Asia
– Voice of America
Wisconsin lawmakers approve money for high-speed rail – Business Week

High-speed rail economics bleak – Orange County Register

Growth Management Globally

America’s European Dream – Joel Kotkin, Forbes.com

Pushing the urban boundaries – New Zealand Herald

How to help people who live where the trains don’t go – Sydney Morning Herald

The Compelling Case For The Cable Car – Steven Dale, New Geography

Belgian Rail Crash Kills 20, Belga Says; High-Speed Link Halted – Business Week

Young families ‘can’t afford homes’ – Press Association, UK

Three-quarters of families can’t afford a house
– Birmingham Post, UK

Across the Tracks

Eminent domain a benefit to taxpayers – The Columbian, Washington

The Urban Destruction Caused by Parking – DC Streetsblog

Alex Steffen’s ‘Seattle Model’ for Wealthy, Green, Cities – MK Creative

Mass transit for Motor City – CNN Money

It’s time to join the mass transit parade – Indianapolis Star

It’s time to go back to the drawing board with the Boise streetcar – Idaho Statesman

Beyond green buildings: Sustainable communities – GreenRightNow.com
Budget Ax Falls on Transit, Spares Roads – Jersey City Independent

The End of the Cul-de-Sac is Nigh – Treehugger

Vibrant Urbanism

Fights on public transit: Oakland bus fracas is latest flash point – Christian Science Monitor

Is public transportation scary for women? – Grist.com

Notable Quotables

“The era of big highways is over. It’s ending. Fuel prices are rising, people are driving less [and] using transit more.” Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, on the future as he sees it.

“I don’t think the era of the car is over. In fact, I drive a hybrid. I want more hybrid cars. I want more electric cars.” Ron Judd, advisor to the Alaskan Way Viaduct project, who sees a different future than Seattle’s mayor.

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