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Last Friday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution printed my editorial that argued that Atlanta BeltLine Inc. is spending large amounts of public dollars while providing very little in return. BeltLine, Inc. disagreed with my analysis. To counter their argument, I have provided a more detailed analysis of why the BeltLine will not work.
How a 'managed arterial' approach could cure Atlanta's congested roadsAugust 10, 2012
What if it were possible to increase an arterial's traffic capacity by more than would happen by adding a lane each way - but without having to widen it? Miami and Fort Myers, Fla., are both looking into this idea. It's called converting an arterial into a "managed arterial." The basic idea is to give motorists a way to bypass traffic signals, by adding overpasses or underpasses to major arterials. Because those "grade separations" are costly to build, a small toll (e.g., 25 cents) would be charged, electronically, for each underpass a motorist used.
Over at The American, Nick Schultz has posted an interview with Enrico Moretti, an economics professor at UC Berkeley and the author of "The New Geography of Jobs". Moretti's thesis is that new jobs and opportunities are increasingly clustered around 'brain hubs' - cities with well-educated workforces and strong innovation sectors. While old industrial areas decline rapidly, these 'brain hubs' thrive. According to Moretti's research, each new 'innovation job' brings with it five non-innovation jobs. If this is true, then one obvious implication is that labor mobility is vitally important. People need to be able to move where the work is...
Much of the hype from the Great Recession has focused on how exurbs are losing population while closer in neighborhoods are gaining population. In reality the opposite is often true. At last week’s American Planning Association conference in Los Angeles, Alan Mallach of the Brookings Institution highlighted that in Las Vegas the suburbs and exurbs have survived the recession while the older parts of the city have not fared as well.
One of President Obama’s landmark “smart growth” initiatives known as the Partnership for Sustainable Communities was also based on a Romney program. When Romney was governor of Massachusetts he fought sprawl and encouraged density. Romney’s administration worked to concentrate development in town centers, construct housing near transit stations, and improve existing roads instead of expanding them.
The Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is intended to promote urban regeneration in metro Atlanta communities. But the projects it has funded have had little success in creating any sustained new economic activity. If ARC wants to continue with the LCI program, and if other cities want to follow the model, two simple rules should be followed: first, it should be funded locally; second, it should focus on activities that have been shown to actually underpin economic development, such as the construction and maintenance of roads –especially if it is funded by gas taxes.
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- Making the Case for Tolling
How a 'managed arterial' approach could cure Atlanta's congested roads
August 10, 2012
- Livable Centers Initiative Program Needs to be Refocused
Atlanta Program Uses Federal Fuel Tax Revenues for Non-motorized Transportation and Economic Development Projects
April 6, 2012
- Government Loans Bring Trouble
Denver officials gambling with taxpayer money on dubious urban renewal initiatives.
January 6, 2012
- About That Detroit Renaissance
What chance is there for an artist-led revival in the midst of civic hemorrhage?
September 9, 2009
- Cities Can Sell Abandoned Homes in Blocks
Urban revitalization needs to be based on economic realities
March 23, 2008
- Payday Loans Get Pink Slip in California
Baldwin Park government tries to block check-cashing stores
March 20, 2008
- Stadium Doesn't Guarantee Economic Gains
Oceanside taxpayers should ask serious questions about proposed Chargers stadium
Leonard Gilroy and Samuel Staley
July 1, 2007
- A City Without a Plan
Houston should be wary of the perils of planning
Leonard Gilroy and Tory Gattis
December 31, 2006
- Uncle Sam: Louisiana's Next Real Estate Baron?
Federal land grab no solution to Louisiana's redevelopment needs
February 16, 2006
- Federal Aid Didn't Fix Downtown Detroit
Grants and tax credits didn't create jobs; city must fix fundamentals
January 4, 2006
- Market Economy Is Best Hope for Prosperity in Iraq
Property rights are vital in rebuilding
June 1, 2003
- LA's Field of Pipedreams
City shouldn't pump more money into convention center
October 18, 2001
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