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Aug 29
Affordable Housing Is a Symptom of Sound Urban Policy : Paul Krugman argues that housing costs, not taxes, are what is drawing people to Georgia and Texas and away from California and New York. He’s partly right, but he’s mostly wrong....
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Aug 28
Making the Poor Subsidize the Rich : Utah Transit Authority executives are overcompensated, the agency has underfunded its high rail maintenance costs, its bus service has suffered due to financial constraints, concludes the Utah State L...
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Aug 27
No One’s Riding Light Rail, So Reduce Fares and Build More : Planners predicted that Norfolk’s Tide light-rail line, which opened in 2011 60 percent over budget and 16 months behind schedule, would stimulate economic development along its route....
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Aug 26
Pinellas Transit in Trouble : The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) has been illegally using FEMA money to illegally advertise in favor of a ballot measure to build light rail in St. Petersburg, Florida....
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Aug 25
Another Inane Low-Capacity Rail Plan : Some people in Durham, NC, want to build a $1.4-billion, 17-mile light-rail line, and the region has been spending millions of dollars planning it....
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Aug 22
Transit’s Ticking Time Bomb : America’s largest transit agencies have obligated taxpayers to cover billions of dollars in pension and health care costs over the next thirty years....
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Aug 21
What Ferguson Means for Urban Planning : The sad events in Ferguson, Missouri are being used by urban planning advocates to popularize their latest cause: suburban poverty....
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Aug 20
New York Times 0, Forbes 0.5 : The New York Times had an article recently arguing that the $11 billion Congress has spent on high-speed rail grants since 2009 has produced little visible results, mainly because most of it was spent...
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Aug 19
Britain’s Shrinking Houses : Ever since the British parliament passed the Town & Country Planning Act in 1947, housing in that nation has gotten less and less affordable....
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Aug 18
Free Rides Today : The Oregonian was writing metaphorically when it reported last Tuesday that Portland’s low-capacity trains were “knocked off track by expensive, deferred maintenance.” By Friday, it was no longer a me...
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Aug 15
Red Ink Pinellas : The Cato Institute has published a new paper on Greenlight Pinellas, or, as I prefer to call it, Red Ink Pinellas....
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Aug 14
Robots Want Your Job : America has more than three million transportation workers, more than any other occupational group, and they are all about to lose their jobs to self-driving vehicles....
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Aug 13
Portland Transit Implodes : Here’s a story by the Oregonian‘s intrepid reporter, Joseph Rose that has it all: deferred maintenance, delayed trains, $950 million in unfunded retirement benefits, transit cuts and fare increases, s...
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Aug 12
Low-Capacity Rail Fails Again : After a soccer game last week in Santa Clara, California, people complained about lengthy waits to get a light-rail train home....
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Aug 11
Rapid Bus Failed, So Build Light Rail : One of the conclusions of the Antiplanner’s recent paper on rapid buses was that regions that had fewer than 40,000 downtown jobs didn’t need rapid buses, much less light rail....
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Aug 8
Farewell to an Honest Planner : I never met Sir Peter Hall, who died last week, but I feel like I’ve lost an old friend. His books helped guide me through the history of urban planning and its growing obsession with densification....
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Aug 7
Streetcar and Light-Rail Boondoggles : Kansas City voters rejected a plan to build an extensive streetcar system. The city already has plans to build a short “starter” line, and the mayor wanted to build more....
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Aug 6
Densities Do Not Ride Transit : A few weeks ago, a San Diego news outlet breathlessly reported that, “When more people live near a trolley station, more people use the trolley.” A careful look at the numbers shows, however, that the...
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Aug 5
Is the EPA Confiscating SUVs? : Recently, the Antiplanner suggested that electronics the Obama administration wants to mandate in all new cars would allow government bureaucrats to turn off your car if they thought you were driving...
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