Carsharing: Zipcar and Flexcar joining forces

Even for people who meet their daily needs by walking, biking or taking transit, sometimes you just need a car. A few years ago, if you didn’t own a car but needed one to use for an hour or a day, your options might have consisted of borrowing a friend’s wheels, or spending 20 minutes … Continued

"Sprawling into danger"

Devastation was wrought across California over the last two weeks as a spate of wildfires, powered by the mighty Santa Ana winds, roared across the landscape, while firefighters struggled for days to gain control and citizens scattered in the face of danger. While most people probably didn’t give much of a thought to the “why”, … Continued

Oil production headed for decline, German report says

This headline on CNN today (Here comes $100 oil, and $3 gas) caught my attention in relation to a story in our newsletter yesterday. Crude oil futures did actually hit $90 yesterday, after hovering in the $80 range, edging upwards towards $90. Which basically means that more traders are betting that the actual price of … Continued

Oregon distortions

When Measure 37 passed the ballot in Oregon a few years ago, it opened up a windfall for developers and uncertainty for neighbors as Oregon’s land use system was dismantled in favor of a free-for-all. Understandably, many who voted for the measure and thought they were simply making it possible to build a home for … Continued

Survey shows Americans prefer to spend more on mass transit and highway maintenance, less on new roads

Three-fourths of Americans believe that being smarter about development and improving public transportation are better long-term solutions for reducing traffic congestion than building new roads, according to a survey sponsored by the National Association of Realtors® and Smart Growth America. The 2007 Growth and Transportation Survey details what Americans think about how development affects their … Continued

New survey shows Americans prefer to spend more on mass transit and highway maintenance than new roads

Three-fourths of Americans believe that being smarter about development and improving public transportation are better long-term solutions for reducing traffic congestion than building new roads, according to a survey released today by the National Association of Realtors® and Smart Growth America. The 2007 Growth and Transportation Survey details what Americans think about how development affects … Continued

Responses to Joel Kotkin's "Hot World? Blame Cities"

This is a collection of letters to the editor of the Washington Post and blog posts in response to “Hot World? Blame Cities” by Joel Kotkin and Ali Modarres. View our blog entry. ———— I’m glad Joel Kotkin and Ali Modarres bring up the subject of cities and global warming (Hot World? Blame Cities, October … Continued

Hot air? Blame Kotkin

Joel Kotkin teamed up with Ali Modarres last Sunday to pen a piece for the Washington Post entitled “Hot World? Blame Cities, ” in which they ignore most of the scientific evidence about lower per capita carbon emissions of city residents, placing the blame for global warming largely on the shoulders of city-dwellers, and proposing … Continued

Alaska voters reject "regulatory takings" measure

As you may remember, Measure 37 in Oregon was billed as a way to help property owners get around regulations that kept them from building that extra house or two on their rural land. The past year has demonstrated to the voters the need to beware the law of unintended consequences as thousands of claims … Continued

600+ people attend Reclaiming Vacant Properties in Pittsburgh

Last week, nearly 650 people gathered in Pittsburgh, PA for Reclaiming Vacant Properties, the first ever national conference on the topic. The conference was the culmination of years of dreaming and working by the National Vacant Properties Campaign. Over 500 people were registered before the event, but the large number of walk-up registrants Monday morning … Continued