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The Next Boom: Building the Foundation of a New Strategic Era

October 25, 2010
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I am very excited that Paul Glastris and the good folks at The Washington Monthly have published my latest piece, co-authored with my colleague Chris Leinberger of the Brookings Institution. It's called The Next Real Estate Boom: How housing (yes, housing) can turn the economy around.

Santa Fe-ing the World, Bridging the Digital Divide

  • By
  • Joel Garreau,
  • New America Foundation
May 28, 2010 |

If we accept that many rich people are going to find attractive this scenario of dramatically different settlement patterns that feature new aggregation – widely dispersed – the question then becomes whether information technology will ever become a global influence on the built environment, shaping the way the middle class and even the working class live, the way railroads, jets, and automobiles did.

Santa Fe-ing the World

  • By
  • Joel Garreau,
  • New America Foundation
May 24, 2010 |

Human settlements are always shaped by whatever is the state of the art transportation device of the time. Shoe-leather and donkeys enabled the Jerusalem known by Jesus. Sixteen centuries later, when critical transportation has become horse-drawn wagons and ocean-going sail, you get places like Boston. Railroads yield Chicago – both the area around the “L” (intraurban rail) and the area that processed wealth from the hinterlands (the stockyards). The automobile results in places with multiple urban cores like Los Angeles.

Steel Wheel Interstates

January 30, 2009

This proposal offers dramatic improvements in highway safety and public health, as well as much reduced highway maintenance and construction costs. It will also significantly reduce energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, traffic jams, and shipping costs while providing significant short- and long-term economic stimulus. If fully implemented, it could get as many as 83 percent of all long-haul trucks off our nation's highways by 2030, reduce carbon emissions by 39 percent and oil consumption by 15 percent. Call it the "Back on Tracks" project.


Europe's Promise: Why the European Way is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age

January 4, 2010

New America will be hosting two events with Steven Hill to discuss this book and Europes evolving leadership. Join us Thursday, January 21 at 12:15 p.m. and Friday, January 22 at Noon ET.


Back on Tracks: Phillip Longman's "Steel Wheel Interstate" Proposal

January 21, 2009

Washington, DC -- In a just-published cover story for the Washington Monthly, Phillip Longman proposes an idea that would make driving safer and more pleasant, reduce highway repair costs, mitigate the need to build or expand Interstates, d

Back on Tracks

  • By
  • Phillip Longman,
  • New America Foundation
January 13, 2009 |

Six days before Thanksgiving, a truck driver heading south on Interstate 81 through Shenandoah County, Virginia,ploughed his tractor trailer into a knot of cars that had slowed on the rain-slicked highway. The collision killed an eighty-year-old woman and her one- and four-year-old grandchildren, and brought traffic to a standstill along a ten-mile stretch of road for the better part of the afternoon.

How to Pull Congress Away From Pork

  • By
  • Frank Micciche,
  • New America Foundation
October 23, 2008 |

A consensus is emerging to include billions of dollars for transportation projects in an economic stimulus plan to be taken up shortly after the presidential election.

Infrastructure investments may well be the best short-term stimulus available to policymakers. Supporters tout the two-for-one benefits of fixing crumbling highways and bridges while pumping money and jobs into a sagging economy. And there's no outsourcing a road crew.

Update: New Safety Rules for School Buses

October 16, 2008

Yesterday, Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters announced new safety rules for school buses. Beginning in 2011, buses weighing 5 tons or less (smaller buses that generally seat 16-20 students) will be required to have a shoulder/torso seat belt in addition to the lap belt that is currently required.

To Drill or Not to Drill?

September 10, 2008

That is the question of my blog this week. Watching Rudy Giuliani speak at the Republican Nation Convention last Wednesday and listening to thousands of people chant, "Drill, baby, drill," I realized how confused our country is on this, well, confusing issue. Somehow we arrived at a place where Republicans and Democrats are more divided than ever, and over issues like offshore drilling, which had once been off limits by both parties. I believe people are misinformed, because if the facts were understood, the choice would be clear, no matter what your party affiliation.

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