SGA News Clips, 4/26/11

Shaping the City: Seeking a new template for truly smart growth
The Washington Post, 4/22/11
“Some people think that curtailing suburban sprawl through “smart growth” — transit-oriented development, walkability, higher densities, green building — is a theory-based movement dreamed up by a bunch of academically minded planners and architects. In fact real-world market forces, not theoretical, are making sprawl-producing planning, zoning and mortgage finance templates increasingly obsolete.”

A Transportation Bill for Rural America
Daily Yonder, 4/26/11
“Any federal transportation policy needs to insure that rural communities have the same level of choice in pursuing multiple transportation goals and options as their urban counterparts.”

How History Killed the Suburb
The Atlantic, 4/25/11
“Times have changed, and the key assumptions that encouraged decades of urban sprawl no longer hold true. Welcome to the era of smart, green growth.”

The decline of the tacky strip mall
Oregon Business, May 2011
“Even with its vaunted land use laws, Oregon is no stranger to strip mall sprawl. Metropolitan Portland contains over 400 miles of arterial commercial strips heavily laden with every variety of retail space. Head west out Canyon Road to Beaverton, south along 99W from Tigard to McMinnville, or east along Powell Boulevard from 82nd Avenue to Gresham, and you might just as well be touring the suburbs of Atlanta or Indianapolis: huge parking lots, congested intersections, national chain stores squeezing out any semblance of regional identity.”

Potential TOD sites in Jersey may be unavailable for decades
New Urban Network, April 2011
“As governments fall into deep financial difficulty, public agencies increasingly are leasing out or selling off properties — mostly to collect revenue that can quickly bolster their ailing budgets. In New Jersey, however, a proposal to lease out parking facilities at train and bus stations is encountering strong opposition from people who fear it would make many of those lots unavailable for transit-oriented development (TOD) for 30 to 50 years.”


SGA News Clips, 4/25/11

The Influence of Healthy and Unhealthy Streets
The University of Chicago Medical Center Science Life, 4/20/11
“It’s no big secret that one of the keys to good health is getting regular exercise. Yet good intentions are often thwarted by factors outside of one’s control. A person might decide to jog or bike several times a week, but if the neighborhood outside their door is not conducive to physical activity, it can be easier said than done. Whether you live out in the country or deep in the heart of the city, the design of the neighborhood around you can have an effect on your ability to exercise out of doors.”

Fast Train to Nowhere
The New York Times, 4/23/11
“It is hard for liberals like me to find good news in the latest agreement to cut the federal budget, but there is at least one silver lining: subsidies for high-speed rail have been sharply reduced. Why is this good news? In his State of the Union address, President Obama compared high-speed rail to the 19th-century transcontinental railroads as parallel examples of American innovation. I fear he may be right.”

Preservation will revitalize Baltimore’s West Side
The Baltimore Sun, 4/24/11
“As confirmed by a recent report of the Urban Land Institute, the historic and architectural significance and integrity of Baltimore City’s West Side is its greatest asset and key to successful and sustainable revitalization. A preservation-based revitalization plan was debated and adopted in 2001 through the West Side Memorandum of Agreement between the city and the Maryland Historical Trust, and the city’s own Strategic and Urban Renewal Plans for the area. The plan provided a framework for creating a vibrant mixed-use historic district based on the successes of similar downtown neighborhoods in Manhattan and Denver.”

Looking at transportation 40 years down the road
The San Diego Union-Tribune, 4/24/11
“The alpha plan of all community plans has landed: The draft-version of a 663-page document which attempts to define the county’s growth and transportation needs for the next 40 years has been handed over to the San Diego Association of Governments board of directors for approval. The “2050 Regional Transportation Plan” is also a spending program, lining up $196.2 billion worth of highway, transit and other projects that will keep San Diegans mobile into the second half of the century. It explains where that money is coming from.”

Denver light-rail stations to border large multiuse development
The Denver Post, 4/24/11
“Over the next few decades, a high-density development that includes residences, retail and office space will sprout up between two of the region’s most prominent light-rail stations.”

18 Cities Where The Suburbs Are Rapidly Turning Into Slums
Business Insider, 4/8/11
“During past recessions, American cities became centers of poverty and crime. But this time, it was the suburbs that suffered. Between 2000 and 2008, suburbs saw their poor populations grow by 25 percent — almost five times faster than urban poverty growth, according to Brookings.”


SGA News Clips, 4/22/11

Cities Versus Suburbs Is the Wrong Debate
The New Republic, 4/20/11
Chris Leinberger writes, “There is an old joke among demographers (a group well known for their hilarity) about a drunk who loses his car keys at the front door of a house that has no porch light. After he realizes his loss, he goes to the nearest street light but well away from the front door to look for them. When asked why he wasn’t looking where he lost the keys, he replied, ‘This is where the light is.'”

Tiger III to come this summer
Greater Greater Washington, 4/21/11
“The Metropolitan Washington Transportation Planning Board reported Wednesday that there will be a third round of the federal government’s TIGER transportation grant program. The popular and extremely competitive grants can be used for almost any transportation idea, provided applicants make the case that their projects deserve funding. The recently-passed federal budget deal includes $528 million for a new installment of the program, which is expected to be announced formally along with a solicitation for applications some time in early summer. Submissions would most likely be due in late summer, with funding decisions probably coming in winter.”

It’s the Sprawl, Stupid — The Budget Buster No One’s Talking About
DC Streetsblog, 4/21/11
“Across the nation, there’s a lot of hand wringing going on about how state budget crises will affect local communities. Will trash pickup be less frequent? Will senior services be cut? How will the schools be affected? All of this obscures, to a certain extent, one of the major ways we got ourselves into this mess in the first place. For roughly 50 years, states have allowed and encouraged their metro areas to grow outward, building countless miles of new roads, sewers, and other infrastructure with little regard for the sustainability and efficiency of the new communities.”

Oakland’s Unique Businesses Will Help The City’s Revitalization: Darlene Rios Drapkin
Oakbook, 4/20/11
“Darlene Rios Drapkin, principal of Urban Transformation, is a commercial revitalization specialist in urban districts and business improvement district (BID)management. For the past five years she has been executive director of the Temescal and Telegraph Business Improvement District. This is the second in a series of conversations with Drapkin about urban neighborhood and commercial revitalization.”

CEOs for Cities names former Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher president and CEO
Crain’s Cleveland Business, 4/22/11
“Lee Fisher, the former Ohio lieutenant governor who also served as director of the state’s Department of Development under deposed Gov. Ted Strickland, has been named president and CEO of CEOs for Cities. CEOs for Cities is a Chicago-based group that assembles CEOs and other urban leaders to serve as catalysts for change in American cities. Mr. Fisher assumes his new job next Monday, April 25, and will be introduced to the organization’s national network next week at its spring national meeting in Portland, Ore.”

State dangles $10M for historic property rehab
Baltimore Business Journal, 4/22/11
“Maryland delegate Maggie McIntosh believes the greenest buildings are the ones already built. It’s that philosophy that prompted the Maryland state delegate to co-sponsor the Sustainable Communities Tax Credit. The law, that replaces and expands upon the 14-year-old Heritage Tax Credit program, is designed to encourage development of aging but salvageable properties.”


SGA News Clips, 4/21/11

GLENDENING: Build Dulles rail station right
The Washington Times, 4/20/11
“Two weeks ago, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority announced that it has approved designs for an underground Metro stop with terminal access at Washington Dulles International Airport. I applaud the Airports Authority’s commitment to providing first-class transportation options for a world-class airport.”

NY-CT Mayors, County Execs, Planning Orgs Launch Unprecedented Bi-State Sustainability Collaboration
Talk of the Sound, 4/20/11
“By developing livable communities and growth centers around the region’s transit network, the New York-Connecticut Sustainable Communities initiative seeks to expand economic opportunity by creating and connecting residents to jobs; fostering new affordable, energy-efficient housing; providing more transportation choices; strengthening existing communities; and making the region more globally competitive. The grant will be administered by Regional Plan Association, a nonprofit regional planning organization.”

I Just Made a New Road on Google Maps, You Can Too
GOOD Magazine, 4/20/11
“But the biggest boon this addition has to offer is the crowd-sourced chance to add pedestrian and bike routes. There are countless avenues, parks, and paths where walking and biking routes don’t align with official roads. Adding in that non-vehicle information will enable bike and walking directions to be more accurate, a persistent challenge for most online mapping programs.”

How Urban Gardens Can Be More Than Just Pretty Places

The Atlantic, 4/20/11
“Today I came across a wonderful example of exactly that. Long one of DC’s best-regarded charities, Bread for the City is known for providing food and much more (including a variety of material and social services) to the city’s underserved populations. The organization has just completed a major expansion of its Northwest (DC) Service Center, and is (literally) capping off the building project with a 3500-square-foot rooftop vegetable garden with 30 gardening beds.”


SGA News Clips, 4/20/11

Most Walkable Cities
CNBC, 4/20/11
“There’s an economic benefit for homeowners, too: Homes in walkable cities hold their value better than those that were heavily reliant on driving, according to Smart Growth America, a group that promotes ‘smart growth’ instead of suburban sprawl.”

A City Feels Spurned as EPA Heads to the Suburbs
The New York Times, 4/19/11
“And the newest tenant could soon be U.S. EPA, which is planning to move its Region 7 headquarters from Kansas City, Kan., to Lenexa next year. Earlier this month, the administration signed a lease to move more than 500 of the EPA regional office’s employees to the Applebee’s building, which was emptied out and sold after the company changed hands. That plan has rankled the government of Kansas City, which is losing a major employer, as well as advocates of ‘smart growth,’ who argue that EPA isn’t practicing what it preaches.”

San Francisco Mayor Actually Uses Public Transit
NBC Bay Area, 4/18/11
“A Chronicle staffer spotted the mayor at a BART station in Oakland, walking to a local governance meeting. Lee explained that BART seemed like the easiest way to get from the City to the East Bay.”

Old middle school property to be rezoned for mixed-use
Collegiate Times (Virginia), 4/18/11
“A master plan to create a mixed-use property on the site of the old Blacksburg Middle School has been launched by Montgomery County and Blacksburg. The goal of the plan is to create a public space combining residential and commercial, retail or office use. The two-month process includes stakeholder meetings and a community master-planning workshop. The plan will be finalized by the end of May and the land will be rezoned and sold to developers.”

A Two-Year Transportation Bill? Some Say It’s a Better Deal
DC Streetsblog, 4/19/11
“Last week, we reported that Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) had mused aloud at a committee hearing that perhaps a two-year transportation reauthorization was a better option in the current political and economic environment than a six-year bill.”

Localism Index
The Nation, 4/6/11
“Perhaps we’re not doomed to an economy controlled by a few giant corporations after all. A growing number of signs suggest that local, independent businesses might just be making a comeback.”

Forrest Claypool To Head CTA: Rahm Emanuel Names Ally To Head City’s Public Transit
The Huffington Post, 4/19/11
“Fresh on the heels of announcing his education team, Rahm Emanuel released details today about three appointments he’ll make to run the city’s transit. Chief among them is Forrest Claypool, a longtime political figure in the city who has been friends with the mayor-elect for thirty years. A release from the mayor’s office announced that Claypool will be the president of the Chicago Transit Authority in the Emanuel administration.”


SGA News Clips, 4/19/11

What If You Had 72 Hours to Transform Your City?
GOOD Magazine, 4/18/11
“A hundred designers, 10 urban challenges, very little money, and no sleep. That’s the recipe for 72 Hour Urban Action, a three-day marathon for designers to improve their city. Founder Kerem Halbrecht first debuted the concept at the Bat-Yam Biennale of Landscape Urbanism in Israel in September, where 120 participants working in 10 teams got three days and three nights to solve problems in public spaces.”

State planning office on chopping block
The Free Press, 4/14/11
“The Maine State Planning Office (SPO) will be closed for good if the governor’s budget proposal passes. That position gained strength last week when the legislative committee on state and local government agreed, 6-5, with Republicans in the majority, to eliminate the 50-year-old agency.”

Home Elephant Makes Neighborhoods Into Neighborhoods Again
The Huffington Post, 4/11/11
“Home Elephant is a new site trying to get neighborhoods to be, well, neighborhoods again. By helping people get connected online, the website’s founder hopes they’ll start connecting offline.”

Expect Delays
New York Magazine, 4/17/11
“When Congress and the White House had finished eviscerating this year’s budget, one of the programs left glistening on the floor was high-speed rail, which lost at least $1.4 billion in the short term and much of its hope for the future. For two years, President Obama has been promising that ultrafast trains will one day ease the pressure on sclerotic airports and lighten the load of carbon spewed by cars. That vision inspired some passive support and plenty of passionate hostility—several Republican governors made a show of refusing Washington’s rail-directed billions, which they saw as a socialistic boondoggle and a radical attempt to force Americans out of their cars. The real problem, though, is not that the president’s bullet-train agenda was too sweeping. It’s that it’s been far too timid.”

Young professionals lead surge of intown living
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 4/13/11
“An energy has taken hold in the city of Atlanta, driven by young, college-educated professionals who want — and can afford — a lifestyle rich in variety, diversity and excitement, all close to home. They are moving in by the thousands, transforming abandoned warehouses into lofts, vacant lots into dog parks and communities long in decline into neighborhoods of choice.”

First tribal community in the nation adopts international green building code
EPA, 4/14/11
“‘As one of the first communities to adopt this code, Kayenta Township is forging a path for sustainable development,’ said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. ‘Their commitment to green building design will not only protect the public health, but water and energy savings means precious local resources will be preserved.'”

A French Vote for More Bikes in the City

The New York Times, 4/14/11
“If you are cranky about all those bicycle paths popping up around the city, you might as well blame it on the French. City Hall legend has it that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg took a liking to the green-tinted lanes after seeing a successful bike network in action on a trip to Paris, which has embraced the two-wheeled lifestyle.”


SGA News Clips, 4/18/11

EPA Announces Plan to Abandon Kansas City — at the Cost of the City and Taxpayers
The Huffington Post, 4/15/11
By Geoff Anderson: “The EPA announced on Monday that it plans to move the Agency’s Region 7 headquarters, currently located in downtown Kansas City, Kansas, to Lenexa, a site nearly 20 miles outside of downtown. The EPA’s decision violates Executive Order 13514, which requires federal agencies to locate their offices in downtown areas and town centers whenever possible. Not following the Executive Order will cost a lot of money for everyone — including Kansas City and its businesses, EPA employees and U.S. taxpayers too.”

Fixing a Leaky Roof (or a Pothole)
The National Journal Transportation Blog, 4/18/11
“‘It’s like having the roof leaking and buying a hot tub…. There’s a lot of pressure on [transportation agencies] to build new facilities, and that comes at the expense of keeping up what you’ve got,’ said Roger Millar, Smart Growth America’s director of Land Use and Transportation Policy. Smart Growth America will release a study next month showing that filling the pothole is perhaps more important than building a new road. Acting now saves money later.”

Rieger, Glendening, Tout The Need To ‘Go Green’, 4/16/11
“Those attending Charles County’s Green Symposium Thursday, April 14 received warnings about rescuing the world’s quality of life from a bleak future. The grim messages came from familiar faces. ‘Gas will be $7 a gallon by the end of the decade, as a constant, not a spike,’ former Maryland Governor Parris N. Glendening predicted.”

New York’s Green Grid
The New York Times, 4/16/11
“The Commissioners’ Plan, as the grid is formally called, in fact made prescient and wise use of the city’s natural environment — a fact that was lost on later generations of city planners. As the Bloomberg administration looks for cost-effective ways to make New York more resilient to the effects of climate change, it should look back to the grid’s genius and find new ways to help, rather than stifle, the constructive role nature can play in shaping the city.”

Metro Atlanta requests a transit future
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 4/17/11
“Metro Atlantans want wider, safer roads. They want better sidewalks and more bike paths. But most of all, they want mass transit. At least, their local leaders think so, if dollars are any guide. Local governments have asked for a massive, expensive mass transit expansion from a regional sales tax that voters will consider next year. For the first time, there’s a wish list that reflects metro Atlanta thinking as a region when it comes to transportation.”

Neighborhood revitalization gets artist’s touch
Chicago Tribune, 4/17/11
“By the time Theaster Gates received an interdisciplinary master’s degree in urban planning, religious studies and ceramics in 2006, he already knew it would be difficult to find the perfect job combining all three of his passions… Now he believes he’s found a much better fit in Dorchester Projects, which he conceived as a way to revitalize his blighted South Dorchester Avenue block in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. Over the last five years, he has been purchasing and rehabbing abandoned buildings with the help of a small group of artists and architects. So far, he has redeveloped four buildings.”

Jamestown Must ‘Think Outside the Box’
The Post-Journal, 4/17/11
“In the February/March issue of Mother Earth News, there is a review of the top six sustainable communities. I was very interested to see what assets these communities had, and how they used them. I was also interested in how they were sustainable, and what new ideas they used to redefine and change the climate of their communities. The six communities have three things in common: 1. a commitment to culture and arts; 2. a commitment to their community (people); and, 3. a commitment to the environment. I believe if Jamestown wants to change, and become a place where people want to live and visit, the above three commitments need to be a priority.”

Revitalization pays dividends for town, 4/17/11
“The town of Culpeper and Culpeper Renaissance Inc. have received a state award for their downtown revitalization efforts… ‘You are creating places where people want to be,’ said Mary Rae Carter, Virginia deputy secretary of commerce and trade for rural development. ‘And you’ve often been at the forefront of community and economic development, from your early promotion of farmers markets to advocating for walkable and livable downtowns,’ she added.”


SGA News Clips, 4/12/11

Urbanism Chasing Utopia
The Huffington Post, 4/11/11
“There is little doubt that a cadre of government, activists, academics and popular media are moving forward with fine-tuning today’s effort to reinvent cities in new contexts, with specific lists of attributes and goals. Among the inevitable focal points of any prescription: walkable, mixed-use communities with live-work proximity, green and sustainable features. But the age-old dance of human and machine provides considerable fodder and fascination from history, including the risks of indiscriminate cliché versus social and market implementation realities.”

The Value of Urban Clustering
The New York Times, 4/12/11
“But as America increasingly clusters in dense counties around the edges of the country, it is far less important to invest in far-flung transportation infrastructure and far more important to invest in ways that make our metropolitan areas more productive, like education. I will return to these long-run trends next week.”

City of Phoenix jump-starts revitalization plans
Mail Tribune, 4/11/11
“The Phoenix Urban Renewal Agency has been in place for just over a year, and now city officials are poised to jump-start revitalization plans that have been on the drawing board for more than a decade.”

Experts meet in Detroit to discuss urban revitalization
Detroit Free Press, 4/11/11
“Several dozen of America’s leading thinkers on urban revitalization will gather in Detroit later this week for a four-day brainstorming session to help distressed cities reinvent themselves… The goal is to come up with new approaches that various cities can adapt to their own circumstances as they work toward revitalization, said David Mortimer, president of the American assembly.”

Which Comes First: the Neighbors or the Neighborhood?
National League of Cities blog, 4/11/11
“It’s a wonderful thing to have attractive neighborhoods and city leaders can take steps to help create the infrastructure for great neighborhoods. At [the Navy Yards in Washington, DC], all that is needed now are some neighbors. And some street trees.”

Gas Price Average of $3.79 a Gallon Prompts Commuters to Ditch Cars
ABC News, 4/11/11
“If regular gas prices reach $4 a gallon across the country, an additional 670 million passenger trips via public transportation could be expected, according to a report by the American Public Transportation Authority last month. That would result in more than 10.8 billion trips per year. If gas prices reach $5 a gallon, the report estimates an additional 1.5 billion passenger trips.”

Former Skeptic, Todd, now advocates car-free living
CommuterPageBlog, 4/11/11
“Todd DuBois, former Car-Free Diet Skeptic, was interviewed for a two-hour documentary on public transit for the NPR series ‘Passengers.’ The series asks the question, ‘What role can public transit play in building a more livable nation?’ ‘Passengers’ will be released starting this week on the Humankind public radio program. For the first hour, you can download the audio or hear it streaming at”


SGA News Clips, 4/11/11

Rhode Island Leaders Hold “Wake-Up Call to Action”
AASHTO Journal, 4/8/11
“Panel members included Rhode Island Transportation Director Michael Lewis; Jack Basso, director of program finance and management at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials; Allen Biehler, former Pennsylvania transportation secretary and a past president of AASHTO; and Parris Glendening, former governor of Maryland and president of the Smart Growth America Leadership Institute.

White House lists cuts made in budget deal
The Hill, 4/9/11
Announced cuts include “$630 million in earmarked transportation projects” and “at least $2.5 billion in transportation funding that is ready to be earmarked.”

Beyond the Great Recession: When the sprawl stopped
Star-Tribune, 4/11/11
“Times are tough in the Twin Cities exurbs. Five years ago, they were among the fastest-growing cities in the nation, offering cheap land and acres of new homes at affordable prices. But the stunning collapse in the housing market and the devastating recession that accompanied it have turned the boom into a memory. The exurban communities, scarred by foreclosures, are still reeling from plummeting home values and the loss of business.”

Sprawl Is Out, Walkable Is In

The Bay Citizen, 4/7/11
“The American love affair with suburban sprawl and car-connected communities seems to be withering at the same time that a romance with communities that are built around neighborhoods that feature a mix of retail, residential housing and businesses–all within walkable distance–is blossoming.”

A buzzword with many different interpretations
Carroll County Times, 4/10/11
State government officials address how “sustainability” and others, such as “smart growth” and “green,” “describe their efforts to support communities and preserve the environment for future generations.” County and state officials provide their definitions on these buzzwords.

Food Fight, Anyone?
The National Journal, 4/11/11
“Lobbyists for various modes of transportation — roads, rail, aviation, even bike enthusiasts — have done a good job of hanging together this year in advocating for infrastructure investment. Everyone from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to the AFL-CIO is saying the same thing to policymakers: You can’t afford not to invest in infrastructure, which, by the way, also will create jobs and grow the economy.”

Groups to keep city up to ‘Newport Beach standards’
Daily Pilot, 4/8/11
“The Neighborhood Revitalization Committee met for the first time this week, and officials are devising a list of under-performing areas and taking applications for citizen participants. ‘We’d like our entire city to function at that very high level of quality of life,’ said Mayor Mike Henn, who chairs the committee. ‘We unfortunately have some portions of this city that perhaps do not.'”


SGA News Clips, 4/8/11

In the Idyllic Land of Cul-de-Sacs and Crabgrass, a Constancy of Change
The New York Times, 4/6/11
“It’s not as if suburbia began on Long Island. Kenneth T. Jackson’s classic “Crabgrass Frontier” traces it back to the king of Persia in 539 B.C. But if the modern, automobile-centric, mass-produced suburb was defined by Levittown, the largest development built by a single builder, Long Island still looms large in the landscape that now defines America.”

Fremont project a ‘community within a city’, 4/7/11
Two brothers recently announced their intent to build a mixed-use real estate development in the Eastern Nebraska city of Fremont. Brad Nelson, one of the brothers, explains the goal of the project as, “‘We want multigenerational use. That’s why we want to include housing for seniors… We want kids out here. We want grandparents out here. A community with all the charm of small town.'”

Social experiment: Know thy neighbor
LA Times, 4/8/11
The author asks himself, “Do I live in a community or just in a house on a street surrounded by people whose lives are entirely separate from my own? And I wondered: What if I could deliberately get to know these strangers on my street — know them in a meaningful way — what would I learn and how might it change the neighborhood?”

SeeClickFix Is Using Facebook to Make Fixing Cities Social
GOOD Magazine, 4/7/11
“For those that don’t know SeeClickFix, it’s kind of like a crowd-sourced civic to-do list. It’s a new, easy, and digital way of reporting local non-emergency problems. Neighbors see a pothole, graffiti, or a messy park plaza and then turn to the suite of SeeClickFix apps on websites and smartphones to quickly report the problem to the right government agency, which then, presumably, fixes it.”

D.C. eyes bike share advertising
Washington Business Journal, 4/7/11
“In his fiscal 2011 budget plan, then-Mayor Adrian Fenty suggested selling advertising space on the city’s 15,000-plus parking meters… There was one problem: the Federal Highway Administration. Under a long-standing memorandum of understanding with the FHWA – an agency that sends millions of dollars to the District annually for road projects – outdoor advertising on static fixtures in the public space is generally banned. If the District went ahead and did it anyway, the FHWA could reduce the city’s share of federal highway funds. And that was something D.C. was unwilling to risk.” One option up for consideration is to advertise Capital Bikeshare.

New Report: The Business Case for High-Speed Rail
The Infrastructurist, 4/7/11
According to a recent report released by the American Public Transportation Association, “each $1 billion invested in high-speed rail supports about 24,000 jobs.”