Media Release - Free Parking v. Sensible Cities – June 29, 2009
A new Frontier Centre backgrounder, How Free is Your Parking?, notes that so-called "free" parking has detrimental effects on economic development, undermine the transportation system, and come at a high cost to low-income households.
How Free is Your Parking? – June 29, 2009
Smart Growth Bill Repealed – June 23, 2009
"Decisions about the growth of communities should be made by local governments closest to the people living and working in these areas. Local governments can already adopt “smart growth” policies based on the desires of the community without a state-led effort that endorses such planning. This legislation would promote a one-size-fits-all approach to land use and planning that would not work across a state as large and diverse as Texas."
China Should Send Western Planners Home – December 29, 2008
Generally, Chinese urban planning policies have been a substantial contributor to the nation’s rising wealth. It is to be hoped that the advice of the western planners will continue to be respectfully listened to and largely ignored.
The Financial Crisis In Context – December 18, 2008
The financial collapse was not the long expected and inevitable collapse of a corrupt system. It rather can be attributed to two primary and very concentrated causes. Both causes could have been avoided with skillful regulation: one would have required more regulation, the other less. Finally, both causes were American, pure and simple.
From Rhetoric to Reality on Public Transport – December 15, 2008
People tend to adopt those products and practices that make their lives better. For those few (in the national context) who work in the largest downtown areas, transit makes their lives better. For those working elsewhere, cars do.
Go-Ahead For Urban Sprawl – December 10, 2008
The Victorian Government has all but given up on a long-standing pledge to contain Melbourne's urban sprawl, announcing another big expansion of the metropolitan boundary for new housing. Six years after setting a "clear boundary" for the city in the Melbourne 2030 policy, the Government has succumbed to a booming population, a housing shortage and resistance to high-density development in established suburbs.
Megacity, Schmegacity - It's Time For The Microcity! – November 20, 2008
The megacity was supposed to be more efficient and less costly, with a new arrondisement system that promised suburban-style service for everyone. But even with the best intentions, it's just created more layers of arrondo-bureaucracy, piled atop mega-bureaucracy, piled atop blue-collar-ocracy. It's become obvious that bigger is not more efficient. It's slower, more bureaucratic and less friendly.
End of Oil Won’t End Car Culture or Shape Cities – August 15, 2008
Why oil does not matter. Technology will save our suburban lifestyle.
Council Votes 7-4 to Expropriate Land – August 12, 2008
"The fair determination of any private transaction should and can only be characterized by two fundamental principles - the first that the transaction should be voluntary, and secondly that the price is between the maximum that the buyer will pay for it and the minimum that the buyer will accept. >"This is not fair. There's nothing fair about this transaction. Some may consider this extreme, but I look to this as theft."
What Does the End of Cheap Oil Mean to our Urban Future? – July 20, 2008
Why the urban catastrophists are wrong and society will adapt to higher oil prices through technology and natural changes in behaviour.
Tax Freeze Comes with a Cost – July 9, 2008
Officials in Winnipeg and other cities have discovered that keeping a lid on property taxes while hiking user fees can boost city coffers without inciting public riots.
Rural Tigers Transforming Manitoba Landscape – July 5, 2008
In spite of great odds, many Canadian rural communities, like in rural Manitoba, are experiencing an economic boom and are enjoying population growth, thanks in large part to an influx of newcomers and a regional oil boom.
Battle Over Eminent Domain Is Another Civil Rights Issue – May 25, 2008
Few policies have done more to destroy community and opportunity for minorities than eminent domain. The fact is that eminent-domain abuse is a crucial constitutional rights issue.
Internet-Savvy Families Desert Cities For Coast – April 17, 2008
With rapid communications and internet access becoming available in rural areas, many are favouring "the simple life" and are emmigrating from urban centres.
How Urbanization Changes Environmental Policy – November 15, 2007
An urbanized environmental policy neglects environmental issues outside of cities.
The Best Laid Plans of Govt Planners Usually Screw Up Your Life – November 9, 2007
Hot World? Blame Cities. – October 15, 2007
Poverty Policies Tend to Impoverish – September 12, 2007
The poor suffer the most collateral damage when policy is designed for the few, not the many.
Might be a Good Entre to the Ontario PCs – September 7, 2007