Planning

Planning In Reverse: Rethinking Housing Targets

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When it comes to setting housing targets, rather than threatening local government with the removal of its powers, State premiers would perhaps be better served by ensuring the targets they set are achievable.  read more »

Out For Growth

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A new report on housing decries the fact that many unaffordable housing markets have gotten even less affordable in the last few years.  read more »

Why H.I. Should Not Be Replaced By A.I.

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I have been serving the land development industry with software technology since the late 1970’s. Back then, off-the-shelf software was rare, and every computer came with instructions on how to create programs.  read more »

HSR: An Idea Whose Time Has Gone

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The Mineta Institute — named after a San Jose congressman who was Secretary of Transportation in 2001 through 2006 — has a new report claiming that high-speed rail will produce huge economic and environmental benefits.  read more »

A Polycentric Plan for Portland

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Portland’s TriMet transit agency is attempting to serve a 2020s urban area with a 1910 transit system, says a new report published by the Cascade Policy Institute.  read more »

Michael Bloomberg's $1 Billion Assault on the Electrical Grid

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Climate-related philanthropy in America has been hijacked by a radical agenda that will hurt the affordability, reliability, and resilience of the U.S. electric grid.  read more »

Subjects:

"New" Cities? An Old Idea

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As a kid I used to draw imaginary cities all the time. I was inspired by a trip to Disney World when I was 11 years old and I saw the Magic Kingdom’s Main Street USA and EPCOT. Without even knowing the truth I realized they were designed environments, meant to evoke certain feelings from visitors.  read more »

A Polycentric Plan for St. Louis

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St. Louis has more miles of light rail than any other Midwestern urban area, yet fewer people rode St. Louis transit in 2019 than in 1991, before the region opened its first mile of light rail.  read more »

Implications of Shifts in Commuting

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There has been much speculation about how travel behavior has changed in the wake of the COVID pandemic. The answer to that important question is now coming into view.  read more »

Residential Building Permits Concentrated in South and Mountain West

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Texas and Florida lead the nation in residential building permits in 2023 through July.  read more »