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    Quality of Life
    America's population growth and the emergence of a New Economy have combined to push a new set of "quality of life" issues to the fore: traffic, congestion, disappearance of open spaces, and lack of affordable housing, among others. New Democrats believe these issues are not peripheral but of central importance -- they are where many big economic and non-economic issues converge.
    The Providence Journal | Opinion March 11, 2009
    Has High-Speed Rail Arrived?
    By Paul Weinstein Jr.
    The Obama administration has shown foresight in committing billions to building America's first real high-speed-rail system. Now it needs to make the hard choices to see the journey through to its completion.


    PPI | Policy Report September 4, 2008
    Putting America's Transportation System on Track
    By Paul Weinstein Jr.
    With the airline industry cutting routes and raising fares, the cost of a gallon of gas racing past $4, and the unemployment rate rising, the time for a major investment in high-speed rail may finally be here.


    Routledge Press | Article March 22, 2005
    The Politics of Gridlock
    By Robert Atkinson
    It appears that Congress will finally reauthorize legislation governing the nation's surface transportation system. But even with new legislation, it's likely that when Congress reauthorizes the legislation again in four years that Americans will suffer from worse, not better, traffic conditions. In this new article, Atkinson examines how the politics of mobility that prevailed until the 1970s has since turned into the politics and gridlock, and what we can do about it.


    DLC | Blueprint Magazine January 8, 2004
    Gotham Blues
    By Fred Siegel
    Narrow fringe groups are strangling New York politics. By rejecting nonpartisan elections, they've depressed turnouts, driven up city labor costs, and catered to the public sector unions.


    DLC | Blueprint Magazine January 8, 2004
    Too Much Froth
    By Joel Kotkin and Fred Siegel
    The latte quotient is a bad strategy for building middle-class cities.


    DLC | Blueprint Magazine November 20, 2003
    Worse Than Corruption
    By Fred Siegel
    It may be too much to ask, but one can only imagine a brighter future if our cities manage to play to their strengths and effectively deliver basic services at a reasonable price.


    The Hill | Article September 24, 2003
    Conflicts Brew Over TEA-21 Legislation
    By Robert Atkinson
    At the end of the day, the silver lining behind the TEA-21 reauthorization impasse is that it may give Congress both the time and incentive to do more than simply cobble together a status quo reauthorization.


    PPI | Front & Center August 28, 2003
    Ending the Gridlock
    By Robert D. Atkinson
    The recent Northeast blackout, caused by a system overload, is endemic to our nation's entire transportation and transmission infrastructure. Whether it's transmitting electrons, moving people, or shipping freight, much of our nation's infrastructure is at overcapacity.


    PPI | Testimony May 6, 2003
    The Role of Road Pricing in Reducing Traffic Congestion
    By Robert Atkinson
    While technologies enabling no-hassle road pricing have advanced dramatically, federal and state laws and resistance by transportation agencies hold back this promising innovation.


    coletta & company | Broadcast April 26, 2003
    Transforming Cities
    By Robert D. Atkinson
    Smart CityTM is a weekly hour-long public radio talk show that takes an in-depth look at urban life. In April 2003, PPI's Robert D. Atkinson was on the program to discuss "Transforming Cities."


    DLC | Blueprint Magazine February 11, 2003
    A Conversation with Dan Malloy on the Quality of Life
    Stamford, Conn., 25 miles northeast of New York City, is an economically and culturally diverse community of 120,000 people. Unlike some of its tony suburban neighbors, Stamford is not an exclusive playground for the well-heeled -- one-quarter of its households have incomes of $25,000 or less. Yet it is frequently praised for its high quality of life. Blueprint asked Mayor Dan Malloy about the city's challenges and the secrets of its success.


    PPI | Policy Report December 10, 2002
    Getting Unstuck: Three Big Ideas To Get Americans Moving Again
    By Robert D. Atkinson
    As they consider the first major federal transportation legislation of the 21st century, Congress and the administration need to go beyond the status quo and embrace fundamental reform, including increasing surface transportation funding, demanding real accountability for results from states, and harnessing market incentives to solve congestion.


    The Washington Post | Editorial November 10, 2002
    In Virginia, Roadkill Right From the Start
    By Rob Atkinson
    At some point, growing gridlock will again force us to consider taxing ourselves so our infrastructure can catch up with growth. If supporters can learn from this defeat, next time they'll have an easier time winning the hearts and minds of the voters.


    DLC | Blueprint Magazine July 29, 2002
    Rethinking Urbanism
    By Robert D. Atkinson
    A review of Myron Orfield's "American Metropolitics: The New Suburban Reality."


    The Boston Globe | Opinion October 3, 2001
    The Right Way to Build High-Speed Rail
    By Paul Weinstein Jr.
    If we choose to live in the past and keep propping up Amtrak, passenger rail will just keep creaking along. But if we take a regional approach to rail, high-speed trains can serve an important transportation role in the new economy.


    DLC | Blueprint Magazine September 10, 2001
    A New Economy Strategy for Reducing Congestion
    By Brad Allenby
    Teleworkers who avoid the commute are more productive.


    DLC | Blueprint Magazine September 10, 2001
    Ending Runway Gridlock
    By Dorothy Robyn
    It's time to update policies that stretch U.S. airports beyond capacity.


    DLC | Blueprint Magazine September 10, 2001
    Gateways to Growth
    By Hugh O'Neill
    With more ships carrying larger loads, smarter port management is in order.


    DLC | Blueprint Magazine September 10, 2001
    Get on the Bus, Gus
    By Martin Wachs
    Five ways to make public transit friendlier and more efficient.


    DLC | Blueprint Magazine September 10, 2001
    Getting Smart Behind the Wheel
    By C. Kenneth Orski
    A primer for "intelligent transportation systems" to help drivers avoid bottlenecks and locate destinations.


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