The Antiplanner

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More Expensive Than It Should Be : The Economist reports that housing in China is “cheaper than you think.” The magazine-that-calls-itself-a-newspaper’s measure of affordability is the average price of a 100-square-meter (1,076-square-...
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Dec 18
Buying a Self-Driving Car : BMW has announced that it will demonstrate a valet-parking car at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month. This is more that a car that can parallel park by itself....
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Dec 17
Time to Go on a Diet? : Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx wants you to go on a diet–a road diet....
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Dec 16
Amtrak’s Questionable Numbers : Last week, Portland’s city auditor discovered that the city had been overstating streetcar ridership by 19 percent....
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Dec 15
Liberals and Libertarians : Brutality on the part of overly militarized police forces. Too many people in prison due mainly to a war on victimless crimes. Routine torture. The national surveillance state....
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Dec 12
A Streetcar Named Liar : Everything you’ve heard from the city of Portland about its streetcar lines is a lie. That seems to be the conclusion of the latest review of the operation by the city of Portland’s own city auditor....
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Dec 11
The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Falling Gas Prices : A left-coast writer named Mark Morford thinks that gas prices falling to $2 a gallon would be the worst thing to happen to America....
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Dec 10
High-Speed Rail from Dallas to Ft. Worth? : In the hierarchy of dumb projects, building a high-speed rail line to connect two cities that are just 32 miles a part would rank very high....
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Dec 9
Portland Housing: Density at Any Cost? : Portland’s regional planning agency, Metro, recently released its 2014 Urban Growth Report, which projects that the region will gain 300,000 to 500,000 new residents between 2010 and 2035....
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Dec 8
Death to the Purple Money Eater : Maryland’s Governor-Elect Larry Hogan has promised to cancel the Purple Line, another low-capacity rail boondoggle that would cost taxpayers at least $2.4 billion to build and much more to operate and...
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Dec 5
Champions at Making Promises : The White House has applauded Portland and fifteen other local governments as “climate action champions” for promising to reduce greenhouse gas emissions....
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Dec 4
Making War on User Fees : The Highway Trust Fund hasn’t worked, says a new report from the Eno Transportation Foundation, so Congress should consider getting rid of it and funding all transportation out of general funds....
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Dec 2
Oregon Office of Economic Ignorance : The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis recently published a four-part economic assessment of the “Portland housing bubble.” Written by an economist named Josh Lehner, the assessment looks at a lot of...
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Dec 1
Streetcar Troubles : The Washington Post has a story on Oregon’s United Streetcar company, which is supposedly geared up to manufacture 24 streetcars a year but has only managed to sell 18 and delivered all of them late....
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Nov 28
ARTIC Chill : Next week, Anaheim California will open the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, which is a grammatically contorted and glorified way of saying “Anaheim train and bus station.” A recent...
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Nov 27
Happy Thanksgiving : Safe travels....
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Nov 26
Racism, War, and the Environment : The Antiplanner grew up in the 1960s, when racism was rampant, we were fighting an undeclared and, many believed, immoral war on the other wide of the world, and air pollution was so thick in American...
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Nov 25
Transit-Oriented Developments Not So Transit Oriented : The evidence continues to grow that so-called transit-oriented development (TOD) is more oriented to subsidies than it is to transit....
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Nov 24
Increasing Outputs, Not Inputs : John Naviaux, an undergraduate student at UC Irvine, compared the greenhouse gas benefits of getting people out of their cars and onto buses and found that, while it saved a little carbon dioxide, it...
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