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The automobile vastly increased the mobility of the average American, boosting incomes, homeownership rates, the variety of consumer goods, social and recreational opportunities, and greatly improving land uses. Get all the facts in The Greatest Invention (940-kb pdf).
Land-use regulations and growth-management planning cost American homebuyers at least $275 billion in added costs in 2005. Most of America's housing affordability problems can be traced to such regulation and planning. The American Dream Coalition has complete information, data, and background files available for your review.
Due to the high cost of rail, most urban areas that build rail transit lines either lose transit riders or, at best, see ridership grow slower than before rail construction began.
A comparison of rail transit's effects on energy, safety, taxpayers, congestion, and other indicators reveals that rail transit actually reduces the livability of most of the urban areas that have it.
The Journalists' Guide to the American Dream (2.3-mb pdf) covers a wide range of issues relating to land-use and transportation planning. You can also read a revised-and-updated HTML version of the guide that includes direct access to more than 300 reports, presentations, and data files. Just click on "References & Experts" under any category.
The latest issue of ADC's quarterly newsletter, The American Dreamer, comments on the Minneapolis bridge collapse, shows that cities can build their way out of congestion, and shows why California has the least affordable housing in America. Also available: the Winter 2007, Fall 2006 and Summer 2006 editions of the newsletter.
ADC Fact Sheet #1: Myths & Facts about Rail Transit
ADC Fact Sheet #2: Will Rail Transport Solve the Energy Crisis?