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Shane Phillips
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If We Can Grow Our Economy With Fewer Carbon Emissions, We Can Grow it With Less Driving, Too
More people are driving—let's all celebrate!! And/or let's build even more roads to encourage more people to join us in our miserable commute!!! Photo by Kim Scarborough . For the second year in a row the Federal Highway Administration is celebrating the fa...

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If We Can Grow Our Economy With Fewer Carbon Emissions, We Can Grow it With Less Driving, Too
More people are driving, let's all celebrate!!! And/or let's build more roads to encourage even more people to join us on our commute!!!!! Photo by Kim Scarborough . For the second year in a row the Federal Highway Administration is celebrating the fact tha...

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The Irony of Selling Oil Reserves to Pay for Highway Expansion
Unsurprising news from Politico  and Streetsblog  says that the U.S. Senate has put together a whole grab bag of one-off gimmicks to fund federal transportation programs for another few years, but one idea stood out to me as particularly ludicrous: selling ...

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Route Performance Index Results For Every LA Metro Bus Line
Los Angeles Metro has developed a new metric to help it objectively evaluate how its bus lines are doing on a few key measures: subsidy per passenger, riders per hour of service, and share of seats filled throughout the day. It's called the Route Performanc...

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Prop 13, Part 2: How to Fix California's Broken Property Tax Law
Proposition 13, the constitutional amendment enacted in 1978, transfers wealth from young to old, from poor and middle-class to rich, from  black and Latino to white,  and from renter to owner. As the "third rail" of California politics, reforming the law w...

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Prop 13, Part 1: California's Property Tax Law is Completely Broken
Proposition 13, t he constitutional amendment, enacted in 1978, transfers wealth from young to old, from poor and middle-class to rich, from black and Latino to white, and from renter to owner. As the "third rail" of California politics, reforming the law w...

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How to Get More Bang for the Affordable Housing Buck
I spend a lot of time on this blog talking about affordability, but in a very broad sense: Mainly, how to keep costs down by providing enough housing to meet demand, and how to reduce household costs by eliminating the need for car ownership (or car depende...

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San Francisco is Doomed: A Cautionary Tale for Growing U.S. Cities
Graffiti on a development rendering in San Francisco's Mission District. Photo by Flickr user Torbakhopper . The fact that San Francisco is home to the most obscene rents in the country is old hat by now, not really news to anyone. That said, the latest bat...

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Manhattanization isn't a thing; your city has plenty of room to grow comfortably
Sorry to readers that I haven't been writing over the past month or so; wrapping up my time at USC while working has proven more time-consuming than I'd like. I did manage to put together an interesting post at my work blog, however, and I wanted to share i...

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Seattle's Sound Transit Hostage Situation
Joe Fain giving himself a high-five after stealing money from the Seattle region to fund wasteful highway projects in rural and suburban Washington. Talk like this pretty much sends me into a frothing rage: "In order to get, you got to give. There’s a recog...
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