A Failure to Lead: President Bush's FY 2008 Budget Proposal and its Implications for Smart Growth

On February 5, President Bush formally unveiled his proposed, $2.9 trillion budget for Fiscal Year 2008. Meanwhile, Congress is still putting the final touches on FY 2007 spending – a task left over from the 109th Congress. The House has passed an omnibus continuing resolution, H.J. Res 20, which sets funding levels through the end of the current fiscal year. The Senate is expected to pass the measure shortly.

The budget plan proposed by President Bush outlines cuts for most non-defense, non-homeland security domestic discretionary spending. It is particularly bleak for most infrastructure and community development programs. Sharp cuts are proposed for many key programs, including public transit, Community Development Block Grants, and water infrastructure funds. Cuts to core EPA programs place the federal government’s only dedicated smart growth program in serious jeopardy.

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Exhaustive study shows power of walkable neighborhoods to reduce driving while succeeding in the marketplace

ATLANTA — Researchers from Georgia Tech and the University of British Columbia have released a report summarizing an unparalleled, six-year analysis of the connections among travel habits, development patterns and housing demand in metro Atlanta. Among dozens of significant findings, the study showed that people who live in more walkable neighborhoods — with a mix of housing types and streets that connect to shops, offices and other destinations — drive 30 percent less than those in conventional auto-oriented settings, even when they own the same number of cars at the same rate. The key findings of this ground-breaking study are likely to be applicable to most major metro areas in the country.

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This is Smart Growth

This publication by the Smart Growth Network, “shows how communities can turn their visions, values, and aspirations into reality, using smart growth techniques to improve the quality of development… This Is Smart Growth describes how, when done well, development can help create more economic opportunities, build great places where people want to live and visit, preserve the qualities people love about their communities, and protect environmental resources… The publication features 40 places around the country – cities, suburbs, small towns, and rural communities – where good development has improved residents’ quality of life.”

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Economic Development and Smart Growth

This report by the International Economic Development Council, highlights the connections between smart growth and economic outcomes such as job growth, occupancy rates, tax base, and private investment. Uses detailed case studies to illustrate economic outcomes in places that have incorporated smart growth development strategies.

Click here to download “Economic Development and Smart Growth” (PDF)

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Economic Development and Smart Growth

This report by the International Economic Development Council, “highlights the connections between smart growth and economic outcomes such as job growth, occupancy rates, tax base, and private investment. It uses detailed case studies to illustrate economic outcomes in places that have incorporated smart growth development strategies.”

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Tears of gratitude greet the plans for Mississippi Gulf Coast

An essay by SGA’s David Goldberg Going into the Mississippi Renewal Forum, I believed that a measure of skepticism was warranted. The time was compressed, the circumstances extreme, the citizens preoccupied with reordering and rebuilding their lives. The goal of creating redevelopment plans for a stretch of coast including 11 communities in just one week … Continued

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