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Dedicated to the sunset of government planning

Jul 24
Who Needs Transit, Anyway? : Rail advocates often call the Antiplanner “anti-transit,” probably because it is easier to call people names than to answer rational arguments....
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Jul 23
Slower Than Molasses in a Minnesota Winter : Remember the Twin Cities light-rail line that was supposed to average 17 mph but, after testing, was scheduled for just 13-3/4 mph?...
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Jul 22
Target the Planning Laws : An article in the Financial Times points out that about $10 trillion worth of wealth in the United States is phony, created by restrictive land-use laws that have pushed up the price of housing....
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Jul 21
Portland or Portlandia? : As most Antiplanner readers know, Portlandia is a television comedy dedicated to making fun of the weird things that happen in Portland....
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Jul 18
Planning for the Unpredictable : How do you plan for the unpredictable?...
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Jul 17
Wait Six Years to Buy Your Next Car : You’ll be able to buy a car that can drive itself under most conditions, with an option for override by a human driver, in 2020, according to the median estimate in a survey of 217 attendees of the 20...
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Jul 16
Autonomous Cars Yes, V2I No! : Yesterday, President Obama gave a speech in Virginia calling for mandatory installation of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications in all cars....
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Jul 15
Back in the Air Again : The Antiplanner is attending a conference on driverless cars near San Francisco this week. The first session, on Monday afternoon, dealt with the process of developing standards and best practices....
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Jul 14
Facts versus Ideology : Debates over smart growth–sometimes known as new urbanism, compact cities, or sustainable urban planning, but always meaning higher urban densities and a higher share of people in multifamily housing–...
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Jul 11
Why Plan Housing? : University of Minnesota planning professor Richard Bolan has responded to the Antiplanner’s critique of the Twin Cities’ Metropolitan Council’s plan to emphasize high-density housing and discourage la...
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Jul 10
San Antonio Petition May Stop Streetcar : San Antonio streetcar opponents submitted a petition today to allow voters to decide whether the region’s transit agency, VIA, should spend $280 million on a 5.9-mile streetcar....
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Jul 9
Bus Shelters for the Poor, Trains for the Rich : Low-income residents of the Twin Cities can rest easy, as planners at the Metropolitan Council, the area’s regional planning agency, are proposing a regional transit equity plan....
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Jul 8
Is MagLev a Game Changer? : Much like the proposed Florida passenger trains that can be run without government subsidies (but can we have some anyway?), train supporters are gushing over Japan’s tentative decision to build a mag...
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Jul 7
Funny, Funny Men : Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and John Oliver are very funny men. Their humor also has a distinct liberal bias....
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Jul 4
Happy Independence Day : Here are some thoughts for your consideration this weekend. 1. Orange County Register: It’s time for Congress to get out of the transportation business. 2....
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Jul 2
Good-Bye Drakes Bay Oyster Co. : Antiplanner readers know that I have no sympathy for Clive Bundy, who has been trespassing on federal lands for two decades and somehow made people feel like he was the victim....
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Jul 1
Solar Conways : Crowdsourcing is one of those great ideas that could only come about because of the Internet....
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Jun 30
Uncompetitive Transit : A web site called You Are Here has put together an intriguing series of maps showing the best mode of transportation from any point in various cites to any other part of those cities....
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Jun 27
Ignoring the Law of Supply & Demand : The Twin Cities Metropolitan Council is currently writing the Thrive Plan, which–like so many other urban plans today–aims to cram most new development into high-density transit centers....
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