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Discourage driving??

How to Discourage DrivingUpdated June 29, 2011, 10:52 AMEdward Glaeser is the Glimp professor of economics at Harvard University and the author of "Triumph of the City." He contributes to The Times's Economixblog.Should urban planners try to make life miserable for drivers, in order to discourage gasoline consumption and encourage an urban pedestrian renaissance? Planners should try to create pleasant, foot-friendly places, but they should also facilitate fast commutes. If we want to discourage driving, the right way is to use congestion charges and gas taxes, not by arbitrary annoyances that stymie drivers.Don't stymie cars with arbitrary annoyances. Use congestion charges and higher fees for street parking. The hodge-podge of anti-car planning interventions contains many policies that are eminently defensible on their own merits. Barring cars from some pedestrian zones in Zurich or Midtown Manhattan makes sense, not because these areas deter driving, but b…

Don’t Cry For Argentina

Krugman's article is consistent with my research of subnational governments in Mexico and Argentina. Subnational governments are more influenced by the macro-economy of their countries than they are by the local policies to improve economic development. The blue line is Guanajuato, Mexico and the pink line is Santa Fe, Argentina GDP per capita. This suggests the lack of independence from the national governments policies and nation state.

June 23, 2011, 1:20 pm
Don’t Cry For ArgentinaOK, I guess I don’t quite see how Argentina’s default, of all examples, can be viewed as a cautionary tale for Greece:IMF World Economic Outlook database Argentina suffered terribly from 1998 through 2001, as it tried to be orthodox and do the right thing. After it defaulted at the end of 2001, it went through a brief severe downturn, but soon began a rapid recovery that continued for a long time. Surely the Argentine example suggests that default is a great idea; the case against Greek d…

Grants for Green Affordable Housing Projects

Posted on June 23, 2011
Deadline: OpenEnterprise Green Communities Offers Charrette and Sustainability Grants for Green Affordable Housing ProjectsAn initiative of Enterprise Community Partners, Enterprise Green Communities provides funds and expertise to enable affordable housing developers to build and rehabilitate homes that are healthier, more energy efficient, and better for the environment. In addition to loans and other funding options, Green Communities offers Charrette and Sustainability grants to help cover the costs of planning and implementing green components of affordable housing developments, as well as tracking their costs and benefits.Charrette grants provide up to $5,000 per project for affordable housing developers to engage in integrative design. A Green Communities charrette involves an intense working session that brings together a diverse group of housing development professionals as well as residents, technical experts, funders, policy makers, …

Mexico City Award

Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award Mexico City193 applications – the 4th Deutsche Bank Urban Age award in Mexico City received the highest number of applications since its establishment in 2007 (2007 Mumbai 73; 2008 Sao Paulo 133; 2009 Istanbul 87).

The submissions reflect the vibrancy and creativity of México City dwellers in facing the social and urban challenges of their city. From a plurality of social and geographical backgrounds the projects indicate that strong and diverse alliances are being built to improve the urban environment and quality of life. The support of universities, local authorities and government programs as well as the cooperation of different community organizations has been an important ingredient for the success of the projects.

Besides the large number of submissions, the Mexican projects are of a general high quality and fall into a diverse range of categories such as education, culture, environment, sanitation, public space, local economies and soc…

The only boy living in New york

Tom, get your plane right on time.
I know your part'll go fine.
Fly down to Mexico.
Da-n-da-da-n-da-n-da-da and here I am,
The only living boy in New York.

I get the news I need on the weather report.
I can gather all the news I need on the weather report.
Hey, I've got nothing to do today but smile.
Da-n-da-da-n-da-da-n-da-da here I am
The only living boy in New York

Half of the time we're gone but we don't know where,
And we don't know where.

Here I am..........

Half of the time we're gone but we don't know where,
And we don't know where.

Tom, get your plane right on time.
I know you've been eager to fly now.
Hey let your honesty shine, shine, shine now
Like it shines on me
The only living boy in New York,
The only living boy in New York.

Here I am...................

Here I am.................

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