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Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D. is a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and managing director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University in Tallahassee where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation, and urban economics. Prior to joining Florida State, Staley was director of urban growth and land-use policy for Reason Foundation where he helped establish its urban policy program in 1997.
Staley is the author of several books, most recently co-authoring Mobility First: A New Vision for Transportation in a Globally Competitive 21st Century (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008). Texas Gov. Rick Perry aid Staley and Moore “get it right” and world bank urban planner Alain Bartaud called it “a must read for urban managers of large cities in the United States and around the world.”
He is also co-author, with Ted Balaker, of The Road More Traveled: Why The Congestion Crisis Matters More Than You Think, and What We Can Do About It (Rowman and Littlefield, September, 2006). Author Joel Kotkin said, “The Road More Traveled should be required reading not only for planners and their students, but anyone who loves cities and wants them to thrive as real places, not merely as museums, in the 21st Century.” Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters said, “Balaker and Staley clearly debunk the myth that there is nothing we can do about congestion.”
Staley's previous book, Smarter Growth: Market-based Strategies for Land-use Planning in the 21st Century (Greenwood Press, 2001), was called the "most thorough challenge yet to regional land-use plans" by Planning magazine.
In addition to these books, he is the author of Drug Policy and the Decline of American Cities (Transaction Publishers, 1992) and Planning Rules and Urban Economic Performance: The Case of Hong Kong (Chinese University Press, 1994).
His more than 100 professional articles, studies, and reports have appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Investor’s Business Daily, Journal of the American Planning Association, Planning magazine, Reason magazine, National Review and many others.
Staley's approach to urban development, transportation and public policy blends more than 20 years of experience as an economic development consultant, academic researcher, urban policy analyst, and community leader.
Staley is a former chair for his local planning board in his hometown of Bellbrook, Ohio. He is also a former member of its Board of Zoning Appeals and Property Review Commission, vice chair of his local park district’s open space master plan committee, and chair of its Charter Review Commission.
Staley received his B.A. in Economics and Public Policy from Colby College, M.S. in Social and Applied Economics from Wright State University, and Ph.D. in Public Administration, with concentrations in urban planning and public finance from Ohio State University.
- Technology, Not Transit, Is Key to Improving Mobility
Reducing impacts on the environment through innovation, not transit mandates
August 29, 2007
- Private funds speed up New Orleans recovery
August 28, 2007, 10:23am
- African Americans Shun Affordable Housing
August 28, 2007, 7:48am
- Our Strange and Counterproductive Immigation Policy
August 26, 2007, 11:47am
- Traffic congestion? Google to the rescue!
August 16, 2007, 1:04pm
- Highways to Help
New York metro area transportation investments should reflect changing travel, commuting patterns
August 5, 2007
- Life in the faster lane
July 19, 2007, 5:20am
- New York City Congestion Pricing Deal Brockered
July 18, 2007, 1:15pm
- China's outward march
July 17, 2007, 11:45am
- Virginia's Road Crunch
State can beat congestion by prioritizing resources
Samuel Staley and Adam Summers
July 15, 2007
- For Traffic Solutions Think Over the Box
Queue jumpers and tunnels can help ease New York's gridlock
Ted Balaker and Samuel Staley
July 15, 2007
- Adding Capacity in Gotham?
July 14, 2007, 5:50am
- Clean Air Envy
July 11, 2007, 5:31am
- Bloomberg vs. the Car
July 10, 2007, 7:32am
- Governors take aim at Congress and PPPs
July 5, 2007, 12:14pm
- Practical impacts of Kelo--2 years later
July 4, 2007, 6:54am
- Does China have the edge on India?
July 2, 2007, 6:21am
- Stadium Doesn't Guarantee Economic Gains
Oceanside taxpayers should ask serious questions about proposed Chargers stadium
Leonard Gilroy and Samuel Staley
July 1, 2007
- Familiarity breeds acceptance on property rights
June 25, 2007, 7:24am
- Eminent Domain Abuses Minorities, Poor
June 18, 2007, 7:38am
- The Myth of the Transit-Oriented City
June 18, 2007, 7:16am
- The hubris of planning
June 17, 2007, 8:16am
- New York is for car lovers?
June 13, 2007, 10:32am
- Mass transit unsustainability
June 6, 2007, 7:58am
- Congressional Leaders Flunk Transportation Policy 101
Threatening states, working to "undo" public-private partnerships is counterproductive
May 22, 2007
- China v. India v. USA
May 15, 2007, 7:18am
- Washington Post endorses HOT lanes
May 12, 2007, 6:11am
- 2,200 year old lesson on the importance of trade
May 11, 2007, 11:55pm
- Communist China's GPS Capitalism
May 9, 2007, 6:51am
- How Traffic Jams Are Made In City Hall
The bad logic and failed policies of transportation planners
Samuel Staley and Ted Balaker
April 1, 2007
- Hollywood: Do as I say, not as I do
Global warming strategy consists of asking others to sacrifice
March 14, 2007
- New Planning blog
March 5, 2007, 12:55pm
- 5 Myths About Suburbia and Our Car-Happy Culture
Congestion crisis is here, but filled with misinformation
Ted Balaker and Samuel Staley
January 28, 2007
- How to Untangle Gridlock
Tunnels, double-decked roads, tollways and private financing are part of the cure for a disease everyone knows will get worse
Ted Balaker and Samuel Staley
January 19, 2007
- Making Gridlock a Priority
We can beat congestion with the right tools
December 27, 2006
- It's Too Early to Derail Daniels' Tollway plan
Indiana's transportation efforts are leading a national trend
Geoffrey Segal and Samuel Staley
December 2, 2006
- New technology and traffic congestion
November 17, 2006, 4:15am
- Hollywood pollutes the most in LA?
November 13, 2006, 6:45am
- How strongly did the voters speak?
November 8, 2006, 7:03am
- Does growth pay for itself?
November 6, 2006, 8:08am
- Robert Redford and Property Rights
Is California's Prop 90 the most dangerous threat ever?
November 1, 2006
- California's Proposed Bonds are Fiscally Irresponsible
Bonds cost taxpayers nearly $2 for every $1 borrowed
October 11, 2006
- UK debates road pricing
October 10, 2006, 9:18am
- immigration laws pummeling ag economy
September 21, 2006, 10:33am
- stokholm approves congestion charging--sort of
September 19, 2006, 5:53am
- The Human Cost of Ag. Subsidies
September 18, 2006, 8:41am
- Texas continues pioneering role in tollroads
September 18, 2006, 6:41am
- Learning from rock stars
September 11, 2006, 2:34pm
- WTC, 9/11, and urban futures
September 10, 2006, 3:59am
- Addressing California's Affordable Housing Shortage
Alternatives to Proposition 1C
Leonard Gilroy, Adam Summers and Samuel Staley
September 1, 2006
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