Smart Growth

2014: A Landmark Year for Subsidy Accountability

Two-thousand fourteen was a banner year for our movement, hands down. The first move to require standardized subsidy-cost reporting! The first half of a legally-binding two-state cease fire deal! The first state ban on tax-break commissions! A big surge found in state disclosure of subsidies! Big improvements to our Subsidy Tracker, enabling first-ever mash-ups!

$2.6 Billion Spent on Cleaning Up DC Rivers Must Address Local Job Creation

SinkorSwim_WebBoxOver the next decade, DC Water will use a regressive Impervious Area Charge (IAC) to fund $2.6 billion in needed water infrastructure investments.

Colorado Stock Show Wants Bucks to Sprawl

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The Recovery Act: The Transparency Gift that Keeps on Giving

Largely lost in the partisan bickering over the stimulus has been the law's enormous positive impact on improving government transparency. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) is not just the most transparent federal spending bill in U.S. history—the changes it pioneered will endure even after the stimulus winds down.

Mapping Job Subsidies: Becoming Easier in More States

As those who follow Good Jobs First know, since 2000 we have issued several studies mapping the geographic distribution of company-specific economic development subsidy deals—and then analyzing them for their pro-sprawl bias.

Bad Development Policy “Impacting” Cities During Recession

suburban tractAccording to a recent article, cities all over the country are engaging in a new disturbing trend as a response to stagnant ne

SunCal Shines No Light on New Mexico Lobbying Expenditures

tidd-abq-outlineAlthough SunCal has spent huge sums of cash attempting to influence New Mexico’s residents and state legi

Can Slowdown in the Chicago Suburbs Lead to Smarter Growth?

Chicago-area advocates of more sensible growth and land-use policies got a boost this week when Chicago Tribune columnist John McCarron urged the region’s public officials to see one upside of the painful economic crisis: a chance to put the region’s “suburban sprawl machine” into reverse.

After 65 Years, Union Insurers Will Leave the Big Apple

Amalgamated Life Insurance, created in 1943 by the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (now part of UNITE HERE) has opted to move to the suburbs north of New York City rather than renew its Manhattan office lease.

The Golden State Goes Greener

In California, an historic effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from passenger vehicles by curbing sprawl will likely