Weekly Roundup: What It Would Mean to Have a Former Mayor As Vice President


Tim Kaine is the kind of guy whose "eyes lit up at the mention of land-use regulations," according to one observer.


Tim Kaine is the kind of guy whose "eyes lit up at the mention of land-use regulations," according to one observer.

While the Urban Edge strives to provide readers with daily news and insights about urban policy, we’re also voracious readers of city news ourselves. As part of a new weekly feature, Senior Editor Ryan Holeywell highlights the week’s most interesting articles from around the web about urban policy and city life.

Tim Kaine's Urbanist Bona Fides

Image via flickr/ABC/ Alycia Monaco. Image via flickr/ABC/ Alycia Monaco.

Urban thinkers are aflutter at the prospect of having a former mayor on a presidential ticket. As Richmond's mayor and Virginia's governor, Democratic VP nominee Tim Kaine pushed for smart growth, and more recently, he championed the transformation of Tysons Corner in the D.C. area into a transit-oriented development. One observer describes Kaine as someone whose "eyes lit up at the mention of land-use regulations," City Lab reports.

Miami Planners Want More Public Art — And Developers To Help Pay For It

Image via flickr/Corey Balazowich. Image via flickr/Corey Balazowich.

Miami leaders want to build on a successful public art program by requiring developers to spend 1.25 percent of their construction costs on public art. They'd have the option of installing the art at their development, or simply contributing to a citywide public art fund, the Miami Herald reports. The proposal has faced some pushback from critics who say it would unfairly increase construction costs.

The Convention Cities Reflect Challenges Facing the Next President

Philadelphia City Hall. Image via flickr/Maciek Lulko. Philadelphia City Hall. Image via flickr/Maciek Lulko.

Next City argues that more attention should be paid to the challenging economic conditions facing places like Cleveland and Philadelphia, which hosted the party conventions this year. Both cities are facing population loss; declining employment; and boom-and-bust housing markets. "Since the end of the stimulus funding, budget choices at the federal level, rather than helping cities deal with rising unmet needs and falling local revenues, have instead made their problems worse," Next City writes.

Is a 40-Hour Work Week Enough in Government

Image via flickr/Steve Snodgrass. Image via flickr/Steve Snodgrass.

According to a new survey on how they spend their time, more than half of local government officials say they can't get all their work done in a standard work week. Long-term planning is among the leading priorities officials have to push off, they say. Governing explores how some agencies are streamlining their effort to get more done with less.

The Basic Reason Why There Just Isn’t Enough Decent Housing For The Poor

Image via flickr/Pieter van Marion. Image via flickr/Pieter van Marion.

The private market is essentially incapable of creating any new, affordable housing for low-income residents, who instead must do with mobile homes and homes that are rundown, the Washington Post reports. The newspaper cites a new study from the Urban Institute that finds even if builders could dramatically reduce costs, the math still wouldn't add up -- and thus, the only way new housing for poor people can work is through subsidies.

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