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de-stimulated

California pulls home-energy stimulus funding in PACE dispute

More fallout from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's opposition to a popular clean-energy program.

A trickle in time

Mighty Colorado River dribbles through Mexico [EXCERPT]

In his effort to paddle the entire length of the Colorado River, author Jonathan Waterman had to walk the last 60 miles of delta and infected his feet in the polluted remains of the drying river. Here is the second of two excerpts from Waterman's book, Running Dry.

BUBBLE GLUM

Smart Growth is great, unless it created the housing bubble

Did land-use regulation contribute to the housing bubble? New research finds that any limits on where homes can be built corresponded to both higher price gains and steeper price drops for residential property.

Obstruction in the Senate? Gasp!

Energy bill could save PACE clean-energy program — if a Republican will help

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he is willing to add PACE-restoring legislation to a scaled-back energy bill, but only if a Republican cosponsor signs on to the plan. That may be the best hope of restoring the popular finance tool.

sprawl together now

Even suburban Chicagoans want to invest in transit

The Chicago Tribune/WGN released a doozy of a poll Saturday finding a surprisingly large appetite for cutting highway expansion and redirecting the money to transit.

crash talking

L.A. mayor climbs on bike, gets hit by taxi, gets hit by bike-bloggers

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa climbed on a bike for the first time in years last Saturday for a ride to the beach. Within 30 minutes a taxi driver pulled out in front of him on Venice Boulevard, knocking the mayor to the pavement.

bill me now

Senate PACE bill adds to pressure to restore clean-energy program

Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Mark Begich (D-Alaska) introduced a bill Thursday that would put Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs back in action over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's objections.

A river runs, and gets diverted, through it

Running dry on the Colorado [EXCERPT]

Author Jonathan Waterman followed the Colorado River from its headwaters in Rocky Mountain National Park to where it trickles away in the Mexican desert. Here is the first of two excerpts from his book, Running Dry.

worst listicle ever

Money magazine’s ‘Best Place to Live’ isn’t much of a place

Eden Prairie, Minn., gets top billing for its low unemployment rate (5.1 percent), and it seems like a very pleasant place -- except not quite.