The New York City Council passed legislation today that would require stores in the city to charge five cents for a single-use bag — a big win for the environment.
Last Friday, The United States Conference of Mayors issued a major economic report on the contributions of urban areas to the national economy—and I got to play a small but important role in its release.
Tom Vanderbilt succinctly explains the circular thinking of modern traffic safety engineers.
The United States is naturally organized economically, culturally, and historically around cities and metro areas, yet politically it's organized into states. When 90% of the national economy is in urban areas, do states' anti-urban policies work to the detriment of the national and, ironically, state economies?
The Obama administration has submitted a four-year transportation proposal to Congress which, among other things, improves the highway/transit funding split to 75/25, allocates nearly $5 billion annually for high-speed rail, and plugs the hole in the almost-out-of-money Highway Trust Fund.
A writer at Streetsblog USA points out the inconsistency of building inefficient car-centric transportation systems and land-use patterns and then accusing transit of being inefficient when it fills in the gaps (and wide gaps they are).
The New York City Council is considering a bill that would require most stores to charge customers 10¢ per disposable bag in an effort to reduce the amount of waste the city produces.
I knew New York City had a problem with plastic bags. But a recent run to the grocery store showed me just how serious the problem is.