Highway vote punt complicates Hill timing
Politico- March 27, 2012
The House is once again at a standstill on the highway bill, just days before federal funding would be shut off and Congress skips town for its two-week recess.
Denser, More Efficient Cities Key To Coping With Population Explosion: Experts
International Business Times- March 27, 2012
Cities are expected to expand the combined size of Texas, California and Montana in the next 20 years, adding environmental and cultural strains from population growth and shifts away from rural living, experts said Tuesday at a conference in London called “Planet Under Pressure.”
Why Community-Based Planning Works Better Than Anything Else
The Atlantic Cities- March 26, 2012
About a decade ago, three NRDC colleagues – Jutka Terris, Nancy Vorsanger and myself – published a book of early examples of smart growth that had sprung up across the country and were beginning to serve as models for how America could simultaneously become more beautiful, more livable, and more environmentally sound. We called our book Solving Sprawl, and it detailed projects and initiatives in cities, suburbs, and in rural conservation.
When a Parking Lot Is So Much More
The New York Times- March 25, 2012
NO ONE loves a parking lot. In her song “Big Yellow Taxi,” Joni Mitchell laments, “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” The parking lot is the antithesis of nature’s fields and forests, an ugly reminder of the costs of our automobile-oriented society. But as long as we prefer to get around by car (whether powered by fossil fuel, solar energy or hydrogen), the parking lot is here to stay. It’s hard to imagine an alternative.