"The lack of federal leadership the last eight years -- and broadly going back all the way to the (housing) moratorium that Nixon put in place -- forced development of a federalism that drove innovation from the local level,"
But Thursday, they got a nod from Shaun Donovan, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development secretary, who chose the city as the place to announce a new Obama administration initiative: the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities... Read On
I've touched on this before in other posts, but it is worth highlighting again. The great move from the city to the suburbs has been attributed to various factors: changing lifestyle preferences, the automobile, subsidies to sprawl, urban industrial pollution, etc. While there is probably truth in all of these, possibly the most powerful of them all is greenfield economics.... Read On
In the federal grants appropriations process, there are clear winners and losers, and the New Starts transit capital program is no exception. The President's proposed fiscal year 2011 budget included major commitments to funding new rail projects in Denver, Honolulu, Minneapolis, and San Francisco, as well as a new busway in Hartford.... Read On
Plans for a light rail transit project linking St. Paul and Minneapolis face a third possible lawsuit. Minnesota Public Radio is considering suing the Metropolitan Council over the Central Corridor rail project, which will run on tracks alongside the company's downtown St. Paul building, according to Nancy Homans, policy director for St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman... Read On
Eastside San Carlos residents, worried a proposed mixed-use transit village around the existing Caltrain station will color their quality of life, turned out before the Planning Commission Monday night to plead that if the plan proceeds it should at least mitigate concerns over views, noise and parking.... Read On
Apple's much anticipated iPad tablet computer was announced today, albeit to some mixed reviews. While the iPad itself may or may not succeed, the overall technology trend line is clear: increasingly rich mobile access to the Internet and email... Read On