Cities

Scots give Donald Trump go-ahead to build giant golf course

The Scottish government has given Donald Trump the go-ahead to build two golf courses, a five-star hotel, and 500 luxury homes on an untouched stretch of Scotland’s coast. The development plans were originally nixed by …

NYC cabs don’t have to bump up fuel efficiency, judge rules

New York City cab drivers will not be forced to go green, as a federal judge on Friday smacked down a municipal plan to make all new taxis achieve at least 30 miles per gallon …

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U.K. secretary: Economic downturn will not delay measures that could speed economy

“In order to stimulate Britain’s economic growth and support our position as a leading world economy it is essential that we make the right long-term investments in our transport infrastructure and that we plan for …

China to invest $280 billion in rail network ‘as a stimulus measure’

Australian media reports: China will invest nearly $A445 billion (US$ 280 billion) in its overburdened rail system as a stimulus measure aimed at blunting the impact of the global financial crisis. The investment is part …

Bill of goods

Fast Company publishes an unsparing take-down of green architect William McDonough

This month’s Fast Company has an expose on green architecture guru William McDonough. It is fairly brutal. McDonough’s come in for plenty of hero worship (no small amount of it from me), but as Danielle …

Ford Smart Gauge urges driver fuel efficiency

Trying to reduce gas consumption? Drivers of the 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrids will be assisted by a Smart Gauge that screams instructions like a panicked driver’s ed teacher shows, among other things, …

If you don't know where you're going, there's no point fighting over how to get there

Good policy and enduring political alliances are built around goals, not paths

In a thoroughly excellent interview with Streetsblog, Rockafeller Foundation managing director Nicholas Turner urges a pragmatic approach to transportation: … if you’re thinking about transportation … as being a tool that helps you get to …

Britain’s eco-town plans are on shaky ground

Thanks to the shaky economy, a struggling construction industry, and strong local opposition, sources close to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s eco-town plans say that only “one or two” of the 15 shortlisted sites are …

Save transit, save the world

Public spending on transit is an easy call

Katharine Mieszkowski tells the sordid story: in the U.S., ridership for public transit is up, demand is up, but funding is going down and transit systems are decaying. The Washington Post says "[D.C.] Metro and …

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