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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.
- Growth Buffers Are Wrong Tool for Indiana Planners
Plan will likely prevent local housing market from meeting emerging housing demands
August 16, 2006
- Property Owners Score Major Victory in Ohio
Eminent domain decision could set post-Kelo national trend in state courts
July 27, 2006
- Link to Ohio Supreme Court Eminent Domain Decision
July 25, 2006, 8:43am
- Eminent Domain Slam Dunk in Ohio!
July 25, 2006, 8:10am
- Land Costs, Smart Growth and Housing Affordability
July 18, 2006, 9:31am
- It's Time to Reconstruct America's Interstate System
Reconfiguring our regional highway system for today's economy
June 30, 2006
- Do Highways Cause Traffic Congestion?
The slow road to economic ruin
June 29, 2006
- Should Dogs or Cats Rule the World?
June 15, 2006, 11:58am
- Toll Road Idea Continues to Pick Up Steam
June 6, 2006, 8:22am
- New London: Poster child of citizen abuse?
June 4, 2006, 7:08am
- Witold Rybczynski in American Enterprise
May 24, 2006, 8:32am
- Hercules uses eminent domain against Wal-Mart
May 23, 2006, 9:51am
- Price Gouging at Amusement Parks
May 22, 2006, 4:15am
- Gas Prices, Fuel Efficiency Follow the Market
Hawaii learns with price caps debacle
May 15, 2006
- California city uses eminent domain as industrial policy
May 8, 2006, 7:32am
- urban decline is nothing new
May 7, 2006, 7:04am
- Smart Growth in Maryland promotes sprawl
April 27, 2006, 1:29pm
- Pro-eminent domain officials booted out by voters
April 27, 2006, 11:10am
- Welcome to New York's new regulatory nightmare
April 26, 2006, 2:41pm
- Republicans and Gas Prices: Look in the Mirror
Abandoning free market principles won't bring down prices at the pump
April 26, 2006
- Getting real on urban development
April 20, 2006, 9:58am
- Retail capitalism in Santa Monica
April 17, 2006, 9:26am
- Dallas seeks expansion of eminent domain power
April 16, 2006, 10:01am
- California Courts strike another blow at economic freedom
April 16, 2006, 9:25am
- Who Needs Architects?
April 13, 2006, 8:06am
- Stasis, France, and the Regulatory Welfare State
April 12, 2006, 4:06am
- It's Time to Tackle California's Traffic Crisis Head Onâ€”Privately
State funding isn't needed for major projects to be built
April 10, 2006
- Bob Manley on the problems of revitalization
April 6, 2006, 3:09pm
- Is it any wonder transit is losing riders?
March 26, 2006, 9:38am
- Housing Prices Force Families from Cities
March 19, 2006, 6:48am
- A Libertarian Smart Growth Agenda?
March 12, 2006, 11:11am
- India, Free Trade, and World Peace
March 12, 2006, 10:31am
- Is Kelo enabling socialism?
March 7, 2006, 8:20am
- Smart Growth, Slow Growth
March 5, 2006, 11:01am
- Think stadium subsidies are bad? Get this....
February 28, 2006, 10:22am
- More on The Donald and Eminent Domain
February 27, 2006, 9:41am
- Eminent Domain Abuse & the Catholic Church
February 7, 2006, 1:10pm
- Funding Our Crumbling Roads
U.S. is coming around to the logic of private-sector investment
February 6, 2006
- Commute A Top Reason For Staying In Job
February 2, 2006, 8:14am
- Losing "What's Yours"
January 26, 2006, 8:40am
- Has the Supreme Court Killed Capitalism?
Local governments seem to have carte blanche on eminent domain
January 18, 2006
- Does Sprawl Kill Inner Cities?
January 17, 2006, 7:27am
- Ohio Supreme Court on Eminent Domain
January 10, 2006, 9:47am
- Will Ohio Supreme Court "Get it"?
January 10, 2006, 7:48am
- Will Ohio Supreme Court "Get it"?
January 10, 2006, 7:48am
- Ohio Supreme Court Hears Eminent Domain Case
January 10, 2006, 6:22am
- School Impact Fees Create Unfair Financial Burdens
Ohio's push to fund school facilities is off the mark
January 9, 2006
- How Zoning Keeps Homes Out of Reach, Increases Prices
Zoning laws should reflect community needs
December 19, 2005
- Zoning Out the Amish
October 19, 2005, 7:04am
- Politics of Zoning
October 19, 2005, 6:35am
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