The Weekly Snapshot

February 21, 2011

New CarSharing Association Aims to Reduce Car Ownership
Eighteen car-sharing companies from around the globe recently formed the official "CarSharing Association" as a way to come together under the common goal of reducing car ownership and encouraging sustainable forms of urban mobility.

Federal Restructuring of Fannie and Freddie Ignores Underlying Cause of Crisis
Author Christopher Leinberger argues that the principle cause of the mortgage meltdown was not the "usual suspects" of greed and corruption, but instead a fundamental shift in market demand from low-density suburbs to walkable urban development.

John Stewart Discusses the Importance of The City
The Daily Show host discusses the importance of cities with Harvard economics professor Edward Glaeser, author of the new book  "Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier and Happier"

Bicycle City
A stunning short film by director Martin de Thurah showcases the vibrant cycling life of Copenhagen.

A Month into the Job, Mayor Lee Foresees Extreme Financial Pain
San Francisco's new mayor suggests that the city may have to cut millions in employee pensions and healthcare in order to avoid facing bankruptcy.