Today’s Headlines

  • Boehner Considering Ending Tax Breaks for Oil Companies (The Hill)
  • State Proposals to Tax Electric Vehicles Send Mixed Signals About Govt Support for Fuel Economy (AP)
  • If You Can Look Past the Ode to Gov. Christie, Fox News Has a Point Here About Life Cycle Budgeting
  • Checking In With America’s New Angry Governors (NYT)
  • The Underlying Assumptions That Propped Up Sprawl Have Been Debunked. What’s Next? (The Atlantic)
  • One Analyst Says Gas Prices Are Peaking, Everybody Else Says Peak Oil Will Keep Them High (The Hill)
  • If You Want Transit to Thrive, Stop Restricting Density (and Height!) Near Stations (Yglesias)
  • Austin’s Inner Neighborhoods Are Losing Children, Schools Could Close (American-Statesman)
  • We Can’t Afford the Sprawl or the Wars That Car Dependency Gave Us (Grist)
  • Gentrification and Cupcake Guilt (Rustwire)
  • Kenney

    Politico is reporting that the Speaker (through his spokesperson) is backing away from those remarks. Oh well, it was a delightful surprise while it lasted…


Today’s Headlines

Jim Oberstar Blames Crumbling Infrastructure (and Down Economy) on Political Partisanship (MinnPost) LaHood Defends Rail Security, Says Amtrak Already Has a List to Check “Peculiar” Names (HuffPo) GOP Is Getting Political Mileage Out of the Mileage Tax That Never Happened (The Hill) High Gas Prices = Less Sprawl + Safer Roads (Infrastructurist) High-Speed Rail Needs […]

Introducing the Sprawl Tax

Crossposted from City Observatory.  If you read the news, you’ve probably seen reports about “congestion costs”: how much American commuters pay, in money and time, when they’re stuck in traffic. It’s fair to say that we’ve got some issues with many of these reports—but they’re popular nonetheless, perhaps because they help quantify a frustration that […]

Sprawl and the Cost of Living

Cross-posted from City Observatory.  Over the past three weeks, we’ve introduced the “sprawl tax”—showing how much more Americans pay in time and money because of sprawling urban development patterns. We’ve also shown how much higher the sprawl tax is in the US than in other economically prosperous countries, and how sprawl and long commutes impose […]