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Encyclopedia > Wendell Cox

Wendell Cox is an international public policy consultant. He is the principal of Wendell Cox Consultancy (Demographia), based in the St. Louis (Missouri-Illinois) metropolitan region and editor of three Web sites, Demographia, The Public Purpose and Urban Tours by Rental Car. The National Journal has twice honored the Public Purpose as one of the Internet's best transport sites, while others have presented Cox's history with the American Highway Users Alliance as evidence of bias against public transit.[citation needed] Cox's views are somewhat heterodox in the field of transportation and urban planning. National Journal is a weekly magazine about American politics and government, published by National Journal Group, Inc. ... The American Highway Users Alliance (AHUA) is a non-profit advocacy group formed in 1932 representing motorists and automobile-related businesses in the United States. ... Heterodoxy includes any opinions or doctrines at variance with an official or orthodox position. [1] As an adjective, heterodox is used to describe a subject as characterized by departure from accepted beliefs or standards (status quo). ... Urban planning is concerned with the ordering and design of settlements, from the smallest towns to the worlds largest cities. ...

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Biographical

Cox was appointed to three terms on the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission by Mayor Tom Bradley, and during his 1977 to 1985 service was the only member of the Commission not an elected official. His amendment to the 1980 Proposition A transit tax measure provided all of the local funding for Los Angeles urban rail projects, including the Blue Line light rail and the Red Line subway. Additional local funding was not obtained until a later 1990 referendum. Nonetheless, he has often opposed urban rail systems because he claims that they have not reduced traffic congestion, which he claims is the principal justification that has been used for their construction. Map of California showing Los Angeles County. ... Mayor Tom Bradley of Los Angeles, 1973-1993 Thomas (Tom) Bradley (December 29, 1917 – September 29, 1998) was the mayor of Los Angeles, California from 1973 to 1993 (five terms) and the first African American mayor of that city. ...


He was appointed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to fill the unexpired term of former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman on the Amtrak Reform Council, and served from 1999 until the Council issued its final recommendations in 2002. He is vice president of CODATU, an international organization dedicated to improving urban transport in developing world urban areas. He is also a member of the steering committee of the International Conference on Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport, which will hold its 10th conference in Australia in 2007.


Cox is a visiting fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, a senior fellow at the conservative-oriented Heartland Institute, senior fellow for urban policy at the libertarian Independence Institute (Denver) and holds similar titles in a number of additional conservative think tanks. The Heritage Foundation, a think tank located in Washington, D.C., is an influential public policy research institute whose stated mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. ... The Heartland Institute is a free-market oriented public policy think tank based in Chicago. ... This article is about the institution. ...


He has an MBA from Pepperdine University and a BA in Government from California State University, Los Angeles. He was Oregon state high school mile champion in 1963 and cross country champion in 1962. Pepperdine University is a private institution of higher learning affiliated with the Church of Christ. ... It has been suggested that CSULA Greek System be merged into this article or section. ... Official language(s) None Capital Salem Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 9th  - Total 98,466 sq mi (255,026 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 2. ...


Urban planning

Cox has also emerged as an opponent of smart growth, especially urban growth boundaries, impact fees, and large lot zoning, citing their tendency to raise housing prices artificially and suppress economic growth. Wendell Cox, as paid consultant, has authored studys for the American Highway Users Alliance, a group that lobbies for more highways. Smart growth is a concept and term used by those who seek to identify a set of policies governing transportation and land use planning policy for urban areas that benefits communities and preserves the natural environment. ... The American Highway Users Alliance (AHUA) is a non-profit advocacy group formed in 1932 representing motorists and automobile-related businesses in the United States. ...


He has also criticized land use policies in the Portland, Oregon area, noting that the area expanded its urban growth boundary to its intended 2040 area 38 years early due to political pressure. Nickname: City of Roses, Stumptown, Bridgetown, PDX Location in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: Country United States State Oregon County Multnomah County Incorporated February 8, 1851 Mayor Tom Potter Area    - City 376. ...


Demographia publishes the Demographia International Housing Affordability Ratings and Rankings early each year.


Demographia is also publisher of the world's most comprehensive listing of urban area (agglomeration) population and densities. An edition published in December 2005 includes all agglomerations with 500,000 or more population.


Urban Transport

Cox believes that the goal of public transportation systems should be to obtain maximum value for every dollar of taxes and fees expended. He favors whatever service provision alternatives maximize ridership, and has consistently found that competitive approaches (principally competitive contracting and competitive tendering) tend to be the most effective.


Cox's transport site "The Public Purpose" claims it is not opposed to urban rail, though many of Cox's opponents would strongly disagree. It instead argues that it is opposed to waste. The site claims that it would cost less to lease every new light-rail rider a luxury car than to build light-rail projects themselves; this has entered the planning lexicon as the "Jaguar Argument." He has suggested a correlation between personal mobility and income. He calls public transportation a welfare service that does a good job of getting people downtown and serving the low-income poor moving around the core, but it can't do any more than that." For other uses, see Jaguar (disambiguation). ...


Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist says Cox and his colleagues "make it sound like highways are free when they cost enormous amounts of money." John Norquist knows Cox well, having served with him on an Amtrak reform council. John Olof Norquist (born October 22, 1949) is an American politician and 37th mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ...


His more recent transport activities have sought to debunk those who claim road congestion reduction is obtained from improving urban mass transit. Among other things, he claims his aim is to improve urban mobility through performance programs that obtain the greatest reduction in travel-delay hours for the public funding available (for example, through his work with the Texas Transportation Institute and Alan E. Pisarksi for the Texas Governor's Business Council.


Cox claims to be "'pro-choice' with respect to urban development", asserting that "people should be allowed to live and work where they like," consistent with the Lone Mountain Compact, of which he was a signatory. Urban, city, or town planning, deals with design of the built environment from the municipal and metropolitan perspective. ...


Professional Activities

Cox has completed projects and made presentations in the US, Canada, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. He has served as a visiting professor at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers in Paris, France. He has lectured in numerous locations, such as the University of Sydney, the University of Toronto, the University of Paris and the Institute of Economic Affairs (London). He participated in a debate on land use and transport with Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer at a national RailVolution conference in 2001, and debated Andres Duany on land use policy at the first American Dream Conference in 2002. United States may refer to: Places: United States of America SS United States, the fastest ocean liner ever built. ... A common understanding of Western Europe in modern times. ... The University of Sydney, established in Sydney in 1850, is the oldest university in Australia. ... The University of Toronto (U of T) is a coeducational public research university in Toronto, Ontario. ... The Sorbonne, Paris, in a 17th century engraving The historic University of Paris (French: Université de Paris) first appeared in the second half of the 12th century, but was in 1970 reorganized as 13 autonomous universities (University of Paris I–XIII). ... The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) is a London-based conservative think tank. ... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. ... Earl Blumenauer (born August 16, 1948) is a Democratic U.S. representative from Oregon, representing the 3rd congressional district. ... Andr s Duany (born September 7, 1949) is a American architect and urban planner. ...


His commentaries have appeared in numerous publications, such as the Daily Telegraph (London), the National Post (Canada), the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Times, La Stampa (Turin) and the Australian Financial Review. This article deals with The Daily Telegraph in Britain, see The Daily Telegraph (Australia) for the Australian publication The Daily Telegraph is a British broadsheet newspaper founded in 1855. ... The National Post is a major Canadian English-language national newspaper based in Don Mills, Ontario, a district of Toronto. ... ... The Wall Street Journal is an influential international daily newspaper published in New York City, New York with an average daily circulation of 1,800,607 (2002). ... The Los Angeles Times (also known as the LA Times) is a daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California and distributed throughout the Western United States. ... The Washington Times is a daily newspaper published in Washington, D.C.. It was founded in 1982 as a conservative alternative to the Washington Post by members of the controversial Unification Church. ... La Stampa is one of the best-known and most widely sold Italian daily newspapers, published in Turin and distributed in Italy and in other nations in Europe. ... The Australian Financial Review is the leading business newspaper in Australia. ...


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AIMS : About AIMS: Wendell Cox (240 words)
Wendell Cox is principal of Wendell Cox Consultancy, an international demographics and transport firm headquartered in metropolitan St. Louis.
Cox was instrumental in drafting the Council’s congressionally mandated plan for intercity rail in the United States.
Cox was a vocal opponent of amalgamation of the city of Toronto and during the debate he became one of the few Americans ever to be invited to debate at both the Canadian Club and the Empire Club.
Wendell Cox - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (802 words)
Wendell Cox is a visiting fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, a senior fellow at the conservative-oriented Heartland Institute, senior fellow for urban policy at the libertarian Independence Institute (Denver) and holds similar titles in a number of additional conservative "think tanks".
Cox has also emerged as an opponent of smart growth, especially urban growth boundaries, impact fees, and large lot zoning, citing their tendency to raise housing prices artificially and supress economic growth.
Cox is "'pro-choice' with respect to urban development", asserting that "people should be allowed to live and work where they like," consistent with the Lone Mountain Compact, of which he was a signatory.
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