Smart Growth: Fighting sprawl with walkable communities
The Atlantic – July 5, 2012
The result: A boost to the area’s economy, a more environmentally sustainable community and a short walk to the dry cleaners. Smart growth reduces the combined cost of transportation and housing, which currently makes up more than 50 percent of the average household budget, according to Smart Growth America.
The Transportation Bill – Barbara Boxer’s Letter to the Editor
New York Times – July 6, 2012
This legislation actually increases the amount of financing that “transportation alternative” projects like bicycle and pedestrian pathways are eligible for, although in some cases these projects must compete for money.
Street improvements linked to office appeal
Crain’s New York Business – July 5, 2012
The office market in New York is recovering fastest in districts where the city has made improvements to streets and public spaces, according to a recently released study by commercial real estate brokerage J. Liff Co.
Cities Forced To Choose Between Bankruptcy And Foreign Investors
Huffington Post – July 5, 2012
With cities across America on the verge of financial ruin, local governments face two decisions. Like Stockton, California, they can file for bankruptcy. Or, like Chicago, they can dodge that bullet by taking in foreign money.