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Seattle Votes Down Transit Tax : Voters in King County, Washington, soundly rejected a proposed tax increase that King County Metro said was needed to maintain bus service....
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Apr 22
Urban Planners Live in a Fantasy World : A few recent articles reveal just how out-of-touch with reality planning advocates are today....
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Apr 21
This Land Is Whose Land? Part 2 : The Antiplanner understands politics well enough to know that polarization is sometimes useful....
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Apr 18
Challenging the Poverty Plan : In late February, the Twin Cities Metropolitan Council issued its draft Thrive 2040 plan for public review....
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Apr 17
Is Transit Only Transit If It’s Expensive? : Wired magazine freaks out because the Tennessee senate supposedly passed a “mind-boggling ban on bus-rapid transit.” AutoblogGreen blames the legislation on the left’s favorite whipping boys, the Koch...
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Apr 16
Making Housing Affordable : A Bay Area writer, Kim-Mai Cutler, writes what she supposes is the definitive analysis of why housing in San Francisco is so expensive. Unfortunately, she left a few things out....
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Apr 15
Your Freedom Is Someone Else’s Hell : Yonah Freemark, a writer over at Atlantic Cities–which normally loves any transit boondoggle–somewhat sheepishly admits that light rail hasn’t lived up to all of its expectations....
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Apr 14
Progressives Promote Inequality : Why is it that cities that consider themselves most progressive also tend to have the most segregated schools and the greatest income inequality?...
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Apr 11
Arlington Votes Against a Streetcar : Streetcar skeptic John Vihstadt won a seat on the Arlington County (Virginia) board this week, the first Republican to do so in 15 years....
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Apr 10
The Cost of Renewable Energy : Life is about trade-offs....
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Apr 9
This Land Is Whose Land? : Property rights activists are irate that the federal government has seized the cattle of a Southern Nevada rancher who has allowed his herd to graze on Bureau of Land Management lands....
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Apr 8
So Much for TOD : Transit agencies are quick to claim that new rail transit lines generate all sorts of new developments, particularly so-called transit-oriented developments, meaning high-density, mixed-use housing....
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Apr 7
Repeating the Big Lies About Sprawl : Those crazy planners at Smart Growth America are at it again: issuing another report all about how urban sprawl is bad and people are better off living in compact communities....
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Apr 4
Mono–Doh! : Loyal Antiplanner reader MSetty let me know about a Tennessee proposal to spend $200,000 studying the idea of building a monorail from Nashville to Murfreesboro....
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Apr 3
The Inevitable Decline of Government : LaVonda Atkinson, the cost engineer for San Francisco Muni‘s $1.6 billion Central Subway project, has found so many problems with the project–and so little interest within Muni or the Federal Transit...
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Apr 1
Measuring Downtowns : The Antiplanner’s faithful ally, Wendell Cox, has just released a new compilation of downtown job data....
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Mar 31
Megaprojects Invite Corruption : FBI agents posed as transit-oriented developers willing to bribe the mayor of Charlotte to get his support for a streetcar line, light rail, and related projects....
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Mar 28
The Transit Train Wreck : Investigators have concluded that the driver of the CTA train that crashed at O’Hare earlier this week slept through the stop. Moreover, she apparently had a record of falling asleep at work before....
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