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.


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 …


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.


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 …


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.

Follow a drop of water

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.


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.


London builds bike ‘superhighways’ with groundbreaking blue paint

To keep bikers safe and speedy, the two eight-mile tracks use the innovative technology of ... bright blue paint.

Cities of the Future

Getting the Mormons on board with mixed use

As former planning director for Salt Lake City, and as an artist wanting to create live/work spaces for other artists, Stephen Goldsmith has played a key role in bringing mixed-use development to the downtown core of his city. He now …