Monthly Archives: February 2011

Federal Government Begging Florida to Take High-Speed Rail Money – By Robert Poole

When it comes to spending your tax dollars on trains in Florida, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood doesn’t want to take no for an answer.

Last Friday, Secretary LaHood announced he’s giving Florida Gov. Rick Scott yet another week to accept $2.4 billion in federal funding for the Orlando-to-Tampa high-speed rail line. Yes, that is the same $2.4 billion that Scott already turned down twice.

More at: http://reason.com/blog/2011/02/28/federal-government-begging-flo

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Las Vegas, Birmingham & Salt Lake City Show Continuing Dispersion to Suburbs by Wendell Cox 02/27/2011

http://www.newgeography.com/content/002084-las-vegas-birmingham-salt-lake-city-show-continuing-dispersion-suburbs

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What the Census Tells Us About America’s Future – by Joel Kotkin

With the release of results for over 20 states, the 2010 Census has provided some strong indicators as to the real evolution of the country’s demography. In short, they reveal that Americans are continuing to disperse, becoming more ethnically diverse and leaning toward to what might be called “opportunity” regions.

Below is a summary of the most significant findings to date, followed by an assessment of what this all might mean for the coming decade.

More at… http://www.newgeography.com/content/002080-what-the-census-tells-us-about-america%E2%80%99s-future

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Hong Kong to Open Land to Reduce House Prices

http://www.newgeography.com/content/002074-hong-kong-response-high-housing-prices-expand-land-supply

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City of St. Louis Suffers Huge Population Loss

http://www.newgeography.com/content/002078-city-st-louis-suffers-huge-population-loss

City down to 319,000 in 2010 from 857,000 in 1950. All 2000-2010 growth in the suburbs

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The Tampa to Orlando High Speed Rail Line: Protecting the Taxpayers

All parties agree that neither state nor local taxpayers must be liable for cost increases, operating subsidies or the potential return of money to the federal government. The reality, however, is that federal policy requires the state or local government receiving the federal funding to assume these liabilities. When the costs exceed the limited resources of the private consortium, only the taxpayers will be left.

Promises and statements from project promoters will not reimburse the taxpayers when the private consortium fails to pay. The inevitable statements of regret will do nothing to soften the blow.

Protecting the Taxpayers: It would be difficult, but not impossible, to establish guarantees that protect the taxpayers. Nothing less than the following would be required:

More at: http://blog.heritage.org/2011/02/22/the-tampa-to-orlando-high-speed-rail-line-protecting-taxpayers/

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What’s in a (Metropolitan Area) Name?

Only two of the world’s megacities (metropolitan areas or urban areas with more than 10 million people) have adopted names that are more reflective of their geographical reality than their former core-based names.

More at…http://www.newgeography.com/content/002069-whats-a-metropolitan-area-name

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