Hell hath no fury like a motorist deprived of free parking. In July 2013, Sound Transit unanimously approved a pilot program to test several efficiency-boosting strategies for a woefully oversubscribed parking system, including a controversial parking permit measure. Early data suggests it was successful, raising the possibility that more fees may be coming to a transit center near you. Could it help to alter long-held notions of the real cost of parking? Read more.
The Stranger | Bike Share
The Oregonian | Oil trains
Toronto Globe and Mail | Renewable Energy
Sightline | Land Use
Crosscut | Development
The Oregonian | Pollution
Investigate West | Wages
Vancouver Sun | First Nations
New York Times | Climate Policy
Los Angeles Times | Bicycling
As we’ve discussed before, land-value taxation is a smart tool for revitalizing cities. By raising the cost of land speculation, a land-value tax (LVT) would create clear financial incentives to develop underutilized properties near the urban core—helping to create new homes and businesses in the very places where demand is greatest.
That’s how much money residents of Washington State donated to the “No” campaign in the 2013 initiative concerning genetic engineering. The vote was not about banning the use of gene splicing techniques, nor about regulating them. It was not about warning consumers away from genetically modified products. It wasn’t even about studying the practice. All it proposed to do was require food products to indicate on their packaging whether they contained genetically altered ingredients. Not, you … read more »
With a new school year approaching, this is a good time to update our review of the treatment of climate change in economics textbooks. As in our 2010 and 2012 reviews, some books hit the mark while others are wildly misleading. But we’re happy to say that there’s plenty of good news, especially at the top and the bottom of the grade distribution: the good books have gotten better (including the first-ever A+ grade!) and even the worst ones have … read more »
My top recommendation this week is Lummi elder Jewell James’ article in the Bellingham Herald:
In August we make our journey from South Dakota to the Salish Sea and north to Alberta, Canada, stopping with many of the tribal and local communities whose lives unwillingly intersect with the paths of coal exports and tar sands. We will carry with us a 19-foot-tall totem that brings to mind our shared responsibility for the lands, the waters and the peoples