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Take a Bow for the New Revolution

From the outset, President Obama directed his powerful government agencies and congressional allies to help him “fundamentally transform” the United States. Too many of them were eager to nationalize the nation’s healthcare system, ignore or rewrite inconvenient laws, control the Internet and political speech, implement new regulations that imposed enormous costs for few or illusory benefits, and shut down oil, gas and coal in favor of expensive, unreliable, heavily subsidized wind, solar and...

The Evolving Urban Form: Sprawling Boston

Few terms are more misunderstood than "urban sprawl." Generally, it refers to the spatial expansion (dispersion) of cities and has been use to describe urbanization from the most dense (least sprawling) in the world (Dhaka, Bangladesh), the most dense in the United States (Los Angeles) and also the least dense in the world (such as Atlanta and Charlotte, low density world champions in their population categories). The discussion of density and dispersion is often confused, a prisoner of...

Water, Water Everywhere, and Not a Drop the EPA Doesn’t Want to Control

There is an old saying in the West: “Whiskey’s fer drinkin,’ water’s fer fightin’!” Just as when the country was being settled, water today is a critical but relatively scarce commodity and hence the subject of much dispute. The water war is about to heat up, and I don’t mean because of the drought in California. On May 27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corp of Engineers finalized their long-awaited, much-feared Waters of the United States Rule (WOTUS). With this rule...

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