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Environmental Regulations, Land Use, Real Estate

If you haven’t heard of Waymo, you’re probably not alone. I didn’t know of the work of Waymo until I started reading up on the phenomenon that is known as “self-driving” cars. Waymo is the Google self-driving project that became a standalone subsidiary in December 2016. Last year, Waymo launched a self-driving taxi service in

With the advent of driverless cars, young people are already lamenting the loss of freedom to hit the open road. Seemingly every major car company and every major technology company is racing to be on top of this promising new technology, referred to by many as “AV” or autonomous vehicles.

What does AV mean for

After almost a year delay, the Metropolitan Council today opened bids for the Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) project that appear to save $100-$200 million compared to bids rejected a year ago as “nonresponsive.” The price tag for the 14.5-mile line linking downtown Minneapolis with Eden Prairie is $1.9 billion, which includes planning, design, environmental

An obscure provision of the House tax bill (H.R. 1, Section 3601) threatens to end a financing tool that has been used by local governments for years to fund critical infrastructure such as airports, seaports, hospitals, educational facilities, affordable housing and tollways, to name a few. Private activity bonds, as they are called, are tax-exempt

Depending on your politics, you may regard transit investment and transit-oriented development (TOD) as “government boondoggle” or “essential building blocks” for livable communities. Setting aside politics for a moment, let’s look at what TOD is and what it can do for a developing community or region.

At its core, TOD is urban development that harnesses