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It’s not that everything is going to be gentrified because of transit — that’s not what we’re arguing. But in Los Angeles, you have the highest possibility of gentrification near stations than in other areas.

Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, UCLA Magazine Online

Tag Archives: Federal Policy

February 20, 2017
December 19, 2016
The Right Way to Build Infrastructure
Harvard Business Review

Following the election of Donald Trump, spending on American infrastructure appears to be one area where Democrats and Republicans can agree—at least in principle.

December 15, 2016
Tax Changes Could Hurt Madison’s Housing Initiatives
Wisconsin State Journal

The prospect of major corporate tax cuts in a Trump administration is creating instability in federal tax credit markets and jeopardizing city, state and national efforts to create housing for the homeless and those with low incomes, city officials say.

December 12, 2016
White House Releases 2050 Decarbonization Strategy

The strategy lays out a grand vision for decarbonizing the nation by 2050. It is totally doable too, if anyone cared to actually do it. The White House has created a well thought out road map, a coherent vision for a low carbon future; too bad it disappears on January 21st.

December 5, 2016
The Trump Administration: Good for Transit?

The conventional progressive wisdom is that the Trump Administration will be bad for cities and for transit users. But in recent decades, a unified Republican government has been better for public transit than a divided government.

November 27, 2016
Ben Carson for HUD Secretary. Why?

One week ago, former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson pulled his name out of the cabinet lottery, saying that he was unqualified to run a government agency.

The Limits of Sanctuary Cities
The New Yorker

At a news conference last week, Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago, tried to reassure undocumented immigrants living in the city. “To all those who are, after Tuesday’s election, very nervous and filled with anxiety, you are safe in Chicago,” he said.

Where Do We Go with the Clean Power Plan?

As another round of global climate talks has concluded, many observers wonder whether the 2016 election means the end of greenhouse gas regulation in the United States. More specifically, what happens to the Clean Power Plan?

November 21, 2016
Potential HUD Pick is Ryan’s Poverty Advisor
Next City

Fair housing rules, federal spending on affordable housing and more are at stake in President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to run HUD, a frequent target of Republican budget cuts.

GHG Emissions from Transit Projects

The U.S. Federal Transit Administration has released a report that evaluates which proposed transit projects merit detailed analyses of their greenhouse gas emissions.

November 20, 2016
How Cities Could Stop New Administration Policies

From the day he announced his campaign and called Mexicans “rapists” through 17 months of promises to erect his big, beautiful wall, Donald Trump made contempt for immigrants a central theme of his campaign.

The Left Discovers Devolution
Las Vegas Review Journal

It took an election that gave the Republican Party control of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives, but at long last the American left is starting to discover the virtues of devolving authority to state and local governments.

November 17, 2016
November 7, 2016
Poverty Crosses Party Lines
Brookings Institution

This general election season, the major-party presidential candidates haven’t talked much about poverty. But while the issue may not have featured in the heated rhetoric on the campaign trail, both parties do have some serious ideas about how to combat poverty.

November 2, 2016
When Boundaries Matter
Housing Perspectives

Recent discussions about potential federal anti-poverty programs underscore that seemingly mundane choices about geographic units could have important impacts on how available funds are distributed.

October 27, 2016
October 5, 2016
Feds’ Steps Towards Housing Not Strong Enough
USA Streetsblog

For a long time, apartment buildings with ground-floor retail were the building blocks of America’s cities and towns. Combining housing and commercial uses is also essential for walkability and affordability, enabling people to travel shorter distances for their daily routines and get around without driving

September 27, 2016
Congress Hearings Show Need for Placemaking, Mobility Strategies
NHC Open House Blog

On Sept. 21, House and Senate subcommittees engaged in discussions about how to make federal affordable housing programs work better to meet growing housing need and ensure these programs help families achieve upward economic mobility. We welcome this interest.

August 10, 2016
New Ruling Makes Public Internet Harder to Provide

A federal appeals court has rejected an Obama administration regulation that aimed to clear the way for cities to build their own broadband networks. The ruling means that it will be a lot harder for cities in certain states to offer a “public option” for broadband service in competition with private cable and telephone companies.

August 2, 2016
Brexit Imperils Britain’s £405 Billion Infrastructure Boom

Prime Minister Theresa May has raised doubts about hundreds of billions of pounds worth of infrastructure projects by delaying a decision on the U.K.’s first new nuclear plant in a generation as the country prepares for a future outside the European Union.

White House’s Final Guidance on Climate Change in Reviews
White House

Building on President Obama’s unprecedented steps to address climate change, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is today releasing final guidance for Federal agencies on how to consider the impacts of their actions on climate change in their National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews.


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