Among Jane Jacobs’ many accomplishments, she mobilized her neighbors and led several successful grassroots fights in the 1960s that saved Greenwich Village, Soho, Little Italy, and the Lower East Side from being leveled for glass towers and an eight-lane highway. Continue reading
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A public hearing on a county ordinance to limit stores to 60,000 square feet got a late start because it had to be moved first to the middle school auditorium and then to the gymnasium to accommodate the throng of nearly 1,400 people who turned out. Continue reading
The overwhelming majority of cities that have recently announced municipal wireless projects are planning privately owned and operated networks. Hundreds of cities are currently making decisions about the future structure of their high-speed information networks.
The speed with which this is occurring, and the knee-jerk tendency for cities to favor private ownership, demands that community groups immediately and directly challenge cities about who should own and control their future information networks. Continue reading
In two recent decisions (Docket Nos. 05-07-16 and 05-07-17), the Connecticut Department of Utility Control (DPUC) has provided a selection of incentives to encourage electricity customers to install on-site distributed generation projects. Incentives include lower back-up power charges, lower natural gas fuel charges and direct grants and payments to cover installation costs.
Iowa’s Governor has indicated that he will sign legislation (HF 2754) passed this week calling for Iowa to have renewable fuels – ethanol and biodiesel – meet 25 percent of the state’s motor fuel needs by 2020. The new renewable fuels standard relies on a 10 percent ethanol blends and a rapid expansion of E-85 (85% ethanol) infrastructure to get to the goal.
David Morris is one of the guests discussing the future of gas prices and the future of electric vehicles – Minnesota Public Radio’s Midday Program Continue reading
A California appeals court upheld an ordinance enacted by the city of Turlock that prohibits the construction of supercenters. Wal-Mart had challenged the ordinance on the grounds that it illegally restricted competition. The court ruled that the ordinance was a valid use of local authority. Continue reading
April 5, 2006 – David Morris on the price of ethanol futures – Bloomberg Television Continue reading
Business Forum: ‘Givings’ could help fund LRT expansion by David Morris Originally published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 2, 2006 We’re all familiar with the “takings” movement, and its central argument. If a public action reduces the value of property, the public should compensate the owner for the loss. You’ve probably never heard of… Continue reading
Commentary: Before long, a vehicle that solves problems? by David Morris Originally published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 1, 2006 I magine driving a car without consuming petroleum, or generating pollution, or making noise. Imagine getting the equivalent of 100 to 150 miles per gallon. Imagine that every time you drove, you pumped money… Continue reading