National Politics

Buenos Aires has been building out a network of protected bike infrastructure. If this kind of commitment were employed in cities worldwide, the climate benefits would be huge. Photo: ITDP

How Bicycling Helps Fight Climate Change

Posted November 19, 2015 by Angie Schmitt

A new study from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy attempts to measure the potential of bikes and e-bikes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ITDP’s conclusion, in short: Bicycling could help cut carbon emissions from urban transportation 11 percent.
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“Freedom Fries” and the GOP’s Faux Solidarity with France

Posted November 17, 2015 by Joseph Palermo

Republican myth-makers like Judith Miller, Newt Gingrich, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, Ben Shapiro, and other ideologues, along with the GOP presidential candidates from Donald Trump to Marco Rubio, couldn’t wait for all the victims in Paris to be identified before
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Ignoring the 5 Million

Posted November 16, 2015 by

Last Monday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal issued a ruling blocking President Obama’s Executive Orders protecting five million primarily Latino immigrants from deportation.  The 2-1 decision was widely criticized by legal scholars, but drew  little fury, anger, or even
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Seattle is pushing to repeal statewide rent control ban

The New Rent Control Wars

Posted November 9, 2015 by

On November 4, a near riot broke out in the usually quiet city of Alameda, California The reason? A battle over rent control. Rising rents and evictions are causing tenant displacement and activists hoped that the November 4 City Council
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Dexter Ave

On Modern Transportation, Seattle Votes to Soar

Posted November 9, 2015 by Michael Andersen

For those of us watching, the last two years have revealed a very clear new superstar in the country’s progress toward protected bike lane networks. It’s the Emerald City: Seattle. In the last two years, Seattle has completed seven protected
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Our best wishes for a full recovery for former Mayor Art Agnos, whose 1987 campaign inspired a new generation of activism

Frequent Elections are Good for Cities

Posted November 3, 2015 by

After writing that the key ballot measures for San Francisco’s November 3 election—Prop F’s restrictions on short-term rentals and Prop I’s moratorium on Mission market rate housing—would return to face voters in 2016, I was asked if such frequent elections
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