Cynicism is consent (Human Transit)
In California Cities, Drivers Want More Bike Lanes. Here’s Why. (Streetsblog)
Strong Demand for Rental Housing Driving Gains in Multifamily Construction (Housing Perspectives)
If Drivers Won’t Pay to Bypass Congestion, Why Should Taxpayers? (Streetsblog)
Great post by Jarrett Walker about how cynicism about public transportation amounts to consent for poor service. It's a message that's relevant to just about every aspect of civic life. They money quote: "As with many issues, public transit in America is neglected because of apathy, not opposition. The opponents are not the problem. The apathy of supporters is. And cynicism is a big part of that apathy."
Even in California, full-time bicyclists, full-time drivers, and everyone in between agrees: more bike lanes are needed, and the the more buffered and separated, the better. The article notes that this isn't an altruistic view for drivers; after all, separated bike lanes provide for a much higher level of predictability between users. Bicyclists are much safer so they're happy, and drivers have a better sense of what to expect from bicyclists so they're happy too.
After a 70% drop in multifamily housing permits and starts between 2005 and 2009, construction on apartments and condos is rapidly approaching previous levels with over 310,000 multifamily housing permits approved in 2012. There are a few interesting charts in the article, including the one reproduced above.
...And last, a call out to anyone who might know where to find this information: There are numbers out there on how much it costs us to subsidize the airline industry per flight, but I'm hoping to find that info broken down by domestic vs. international flights. Help me out!