Smart Growth News – April 17, 2013

Hermosa Beach nationally recognized for its commitment to create safe, accessible streets
The Beach Reporter (CA) – April 16, 2013
The National Complete Streets Coalition ranked Hermosa Beach among the top cities in the nation for its “exceptional work” in developing and adopting “Complete Streets” policies to ensure its streets are safe for users of all ages and abilities, provide easy pedestrian and transit access, incorporate sustainable features and create an attractive and inviting environment, said Mayor Kit Bobko.

City Receives National Distinction for Street Policies
Hermosa Beach Patch (CA) – April 17, 2013
The National Complete Streets Coalition awards Hermosa Beach a high mark for its “Living Streets” policy.

Maryland presses for federal support in building two light-rail systems
Baltimore Sun – April 17, 2013
Officials look for ways to pay the $4.73 billion cost of Red, Purple lines

Pa. Senate highways plan would up ante 50 percent
San Francisco Chronicle (CA) – April 16, 2013
Spending on Pennsylvania’s highways, bridges and mass transit systems would get a big shot of new funding under a Senate plan unveiled Tuesday that would raise the money by increasing motorist fees and wholesale gas taxes — bumping prices at the pump as much a quarter a gallon.

Have Smartphones Killed Youth Car Culture?
Real Clear Technology – April 16, 2013
Are Millennials growing up in American Graffiti, or The Matrix?

How Diverse Schools Could Help Fight the Worst Effects of Gentrification
Atlantic Cites – April 17, 2013
The Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C., is one of those places that demographers talk about when they celebrate the return of young, affluent – often white – professionals back into the city.

Transport U: Colleges Save Millions By Embracing Policies to Reduce Driving
Streetsblog – April 16, 2013
Jeffrey Tumlin was managing transportation programs at Stanford in the mid-1990s, when he made an important finding: It was cheaper for the university to pay people not to drive than to build new parking structures.

Local News

Learning from Boston and D.C. in an Early Look at Philly Bike Share
Next City – April 16, 2013
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s 2013 budget proposal included a line item eagerly awaited by smart growth proponents and bicycle advocates: A $3 million request to get a bike share program underway.

How walkable are Upper Peninsula cities?
Second Wave Media (MI) – April 17, 2013
There’s a growing trend in American cities to move toward building walkable cities as young professionals continue to shun automobiles in favor of spending their money on mobile phones, tablets and bikes.

Boost public transit to keep young grads here
Capital Times (WI) – April 16, 2013
As a student about to finish my undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I am troubled by aspects of Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed state budget that fail to meet Wisconsin’s transportation needs.

Just for Fun

Cincinnati Public Staircases: A Walking History Abandoned But Not Forgotten
Global Site Plans – April 14, 2013
In Cincinnati, Ohio – these staircases can be found in various urban locations throughout the city – some still commonly walked by pedestrians, while others remain obstructed by thick green foliage, trees, or sealed off with metal signage that reads, “STEPS CLOSED.”