More and more young people are moving to urban centers because they prefer to live in walkable areas with lots of public transportation options. Still, developers are reluctant to build compact housing using this smart growth approach. But perhaps a new economic case against sprawl can convince these developers to think twice.
Sprawl costs America over $1 trillion a year, according to a new report by LSE Cities and the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, because it can increase per capita land consumption up to 80 percent and car use by up to 60 percent. Together these outcomes create social costs that amount to $626 billion a year for people living in sprawling areas and $400 billion for those outside of them, the report estimates.
Artist Shani Ha came up with a very special Table for Two at a restaurant located on 7th Avenue in New York. The table, that's split between the inside and the outside and has a glass panel in the middle, aims to play with the boundaries of public and private spaces.
The Alaska Department of Transportation has shifted more than $1 million designated in 2012 for design of Anchorage bicycle infrastructure to other projects and bike advocates say it's a setback for improving safety in Alaska's largest city.
Finland, one of the leading educational hotspots in the world, is embarking on one of the most radical overhauls in modern education. By 2020, the country plans to phase out teaching individual subjects such as maths, chemistry and physics, and...
Deliberations over the proposed repeal of the 40-year old ban on U.S. crude oil exports kicked into high gear last week, with an intense lobbying push by the oil and gas industry followed by hearings in the Senate Energy and
The Arctic Waterways Safety Committee, formed to develop the best practices for managing Arctic waterways, held its first formal meeting this month in Juneau, electing officers and meeting with the governor and Alaska's state committee on the Arctic.
A black Nebraska state senator compared American police to Islamic terrorists and suggested he'd shoot a cop if only he had a weapon.
Rob Duke's insight:
Before you got off on this guy, consider what he actually said. I agree that it's dangerous to talk about violence because too many people don't know the difference between hyperbole to make a point and actual threats. Having said that, he is just saying that he understands why his constituents are upset.
Let's face it (cops reading this): in 1990 if we were serving a regular old search warrant, we have done it with 11 officers: 2 entry with a supervisor, two teams at the back corners to cover the back and sides, and a couple uniforms to block the street and/or protect the perimeter in the alley (2+1+4+4=11). That was about as good as it got. High risk warrants were, of course different, but now, as the good Senator points out, we see routine warrants served with 20 officers, plus a tank for good measure. When did this start and why?
I think we started down this road after 9/11 when all the homeland security dollars started rewarding us for buying new and surplus military gear. All those returning vets even knew how to use the stuff, so we did. Combined with other strains such as the economic crisis, assaults on cops reinforced the need for deploying in this manner. If we're honest with ourselves, I think we need to ask what responsibility we've had in this escalation.
This suite of cases is a challenge to how the EPA regulates pollutants from power plants. Here’s the question before the court: “Whether the Environmental Protection Agency unreasonably refused to consider costs in determining whether it is appropriate to regulate hazardous air pollutants emitted by electric utilities.”
Rob Duke's insight:
It's too close to call at this point. See article for more.
There are thousand's of schools that share this same problem. People say they understand why having a Native American as a mascot is offensive but do they really? Think about if Jesus Christ was a mascot. How would people feel about watching some guy dressed up with bloody hands and wreath around his neck dance around and try to energize a crowd? Well when you use an Indian chief as a mascot, the same problem arises with Native Americans.
The recording was made from the backseat of a taxi shared by Coffey and an ally on the assembly, Bill Starr. With his cell phone in his pocket, Coffey accidentally dialed an Assembly foe, Allan Tesche. Tesche wasn’t home, but the conversation was recorded on his answering machine.
House Speaker Mike Chenault wants to order the federal government to transfer upward of 166 million acres of federal lands to state ownership on or before Jan. 1, 2017, but legislative attorneys said, "The bill is unconstitutional."
The FCC chairman joined other critics of the deal that resulted in billions of dollars in bid discounts when Dish Network joined with the regional Native corporation Doyon Ltd. under a "very small company" program.
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