Local Government, Public Facilities and Infrastructure



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Judge rules for cities over US West in dispute on costs Seattle Times, November 21, 1999 by The Associated Press

TACOMA - Cities could save millions of dollars under a federal judge's ruling against US West Communications that requires utilities to shoulder the costs of relocating their lines and other facilities. But US West said the decision will shift costs that should be paid by citizens in high-growth cities to all US West customers.

Will UW costs imperil other projects? Campus estimates higher by 35% Seattle Times, Thursday, March 19, 1998 by Roberto Sanchez

The cost of building the joint Bothell campus for the University of Washington and Cascadia Community College has risen so high that college officials fear it not only could limit future enrollment at those schools, but reduce the money available for construction projects at other state campuses.

Locate university in Marysville, consultant says Seattle Times, Monday, March 9, 1998 by The Associated Press EVERETT - A regional university to serve Snohomish, Island and Skagit counties should be built in Marysville, a state-hired consultant has recommended.

New prison project pits jobs against water quality ; Seattle Times, Sunday, Dec. 14, 1997; by Jack Broom

ABERDEEN - The basic facts are simple: -- Grays Harbor needs jobs. -- A new prison would employ more than 600 people. -- County voters want a prison, and . . . -- About $3 million has already been spent to prepare the site. ... the new 1,936-bed prison simply should not go where the state is putting it, just above the south shore of Grays Harbor. "It's pure politics," said Engvall, a longtime Grays Harbor oyster grower. "They've decided this thing is going ahead come hell or high water."


Economics of the Public Sector


Annals of Regional Science 29(2), May 1995: Issue on Transport Investments.

Baade, Robert A. and Dye, Richard F. The Impact of Stadiums and Professional Sports on Metropolitan Area Development. Growth and Change, Spring 1990, 21(2), p. 1.

Aschauer, David A., "Highway Capacity and Economic Growth," Economic Perspectives (FedResBankofChicago) Sept/Oct 1990, pp.14ff.

DeBoer, Larry, "Economies of Scale and Input Substitution in Public Libraries," Journ. of Urban Economics 32 (1992), pp.257-268.

Dreze, Jacques H., "Forty Years of Public Economics: A Personal Perspective," Journ. of Econ.Perspectives. 9(2), Spring 1995, pp.111-130.

Drezner, Zvi, ed. Facility location: a survey of applications and methods. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag. 1995. 571 p. (Springer series in operations research)

Edgell, Stephen et al., eds., Debating the Future of the Public Sphere: Transforming the Public and Private Domains in Free Market Societies. Aldershot: Avebury, 1995. [HD3842.E34]

Gore, C.G., "Location Theory and Service Development Planning: Which Way Now?" Environment and Planning A, vol.23, 1991, pp.1095-1109.

Gramlich, Edward M., "Infrastructure Investment: A Review Essay," Journal of Economic Literature 32(3), Sept.1994.

Hall, Fred L. Location Criteria for High Schools. University of Chicago: Dept. of Geography (Research Paper No. 150), 1973.

Hochman, O., D.Pines and J-F Thisse, "On the Optimal Structure of Local Governments," American Economic Review 85(5), December 1995, 1224ff.

Bvrje Johansson and Giorgio Leonardi Public Facility Location: A Multiregional and Multi-Authority Decision Context, in: Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics Volume 1, Chapter 4 (Introduction, online)

Kemp, Roger L., ed., Economic Development in Local Government. A Handbook for Public Officials and Citizens. Fefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 1995. [HC 110 I53.E25]; including:

Kirby, A., P.Knox and S.Pinch, eds., Public Service Provision and Urban Development. London: Croom Helm. 1984. [HD4431 P82]

Lewandowski, James P. & McLaughlin, Suzan Phillips. Managing visitors' environmental impacts in a system of sites: a network approach. The Pennsylvania geographer [Shippensburg, PA] Vol. 33. No. 2. Fall/Winter 1995. p. 43-58.

Munnell, Alicia H, How Does Public Infrastructure Affect Regional Economic Development? New England Economic Review (FedResBankofBoston), Sept/Oct 1990.

Munnell, Alicia H., Ed., Is There a Shortfall in Public Capital Investment? Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 1990. (Proceedings of a Conference in June 1990)

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Peschel, Karin. Infrastructure and the Space Economy: Essays in Honor of Rolf Funck. Springer (Berlin) 1990 [HC79.C3.I5]

Rushton, Gerard. Optimal Location of Facilities. Wentworth, N.H.: COMPress 1979.

Thisse, J.-F., and H.G. Zoller, eds., Locational Analysis of Public Facilities. North Holland 1983. [HD2763 L56]

Townroe, Peter and G. Dabinett, "The Evaluation of Public Transport Investments within Cities," Annals of Regional Science 29(2), May 1995, pp.175-88.

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Noxious Facilities

Drezner, Z. and G.O. Wesolowsky, "Obnoxious Facility Location in the Interior of a Planar Network," Journ. of Regional Science. 35(4), Nov. 1995.

Kunreuther, Howard and Douglas Easterling, "Gaining Acceptance for Noxious Facilities with Economic Incentives," in: D.W.Bromley and K. Segerson, eds., The Social Response to Environmental Risk: Policy Formulation in an Age of Uncertainty. 1992 [Hc79.E5.S57/ BusAd]

Sullivan, Arthur M., "Siting Noxious Facilities: A Siting Lottery with Victim Compensation," Journal of Urban Economics vol.31, 1992, pp.360-74.

Swallow, Stephen K, James J. Opaluch and Thomas F. Weaver, "Siting Noxious Facilities: An Approach that Integrates Technical, Economic, and Political Considerations," Land Economics 68(3), August 1992, pp.283-301.

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