Taxes have long been used by policymakers to promote and discourage particular behaviors in both individuals and societies. The use of such taxes touches all aspects of life and spans the political spectrum; from […]
A Tale of Two Cities: Savannah is a Potential Model for Combating the Urban Heat Island Effect and Louisville is Not
Abundance of asphalt and concrete increases air temperatures, which can exacerbate the effects of heat waves and generally cause unpleasant conditions. This is known as the urban heat island effect and it can be true for both sprawled suburbs and dense cities. Savannah’s beautiful green spaces offer a prime example of how the benefits of dense development can be achieved while mitigating or eliminating the urban heat island effect.
Are Taller Buildings the Answer to Gentrification?
In an article in this month’s edition of Governing, Scott Beyer posits that Miami has been able to control gentrification by allowing taller buildings. The Brickell district is home to many of the city’s […]
Conservation Easements: When Privatizing Environmental Protection Can Be a Great Thing
Support for environmental protection through land use regulation can be peculiar. On the national stage, the fervor over placing any type of regulation on how one can use his or her land […]
The Atlanta Streetcar; Or How to Overcome Loneliness and Make People Like You
Poor streetcar. You’re sleek, you’re shiny, you’re new and apparently no one likes you. Not only that, but now all those who questioned you from the beginning are saying you’ll always be a […]
Georgia Aims to Bring Solar Energy to a Neighborhood Near You
Last week Representative Mike Dudgeon introduced a bill designed to dramatically increase the availability of solar energy equipment to the average person. The Georgia Legislature was in recess last week, so instead of […]
Zoning a Major Burden on Atlanta Theatre Groups
This is re-post of an article originally titled “Local Theatre Groups Need a Zoning Change” posted on June 15, 2013. A recent story by the Washington, DC blog Greater Greater Washington highlighted […]
Is MARTA Really That Dangerous? Based on the Numbers, Not Really
Crime on MARTA is rampant. You’re almost guaranteed to be a victim of theft or assault while riding any train or any bus anywhere in metro Atlanta. This is clear just from looking […]