Smart Growth News – August 9, 2013

Tax-Free Accounts for Homes
The New York Times – August 8, 2013
“These programs have an enormous impact across the country,” said Ilana Preuss, the vice president and chief of staff for Smart Growth America of Washington, the group leading the coalition. “Communities have long benefited from these programs, but they could be doing a lot more.”

Tax Reform Could Leave its Mark on Real Estate
National Real Estate Investor – August 5, 2013
Smart Growth America recommends limiting the mortgage interest deduction to primary residences, capping the deduction at $500,000 instead of $1 million in mortgage value and limiting the deduction for households earning over $100,000 per year.

Ft. Belvoir: Pioneering the U.S. Military’s Brand of Smart Growth
Streetsblog DC – August 8, 2013
Ft. Belvoir, just south of Washington, DC, has been infusing military base planning with a smart growth mentality since before it was cool.

Why Are Young Adults Returning to the City?
Better! Cities & Towns – August 8, 2013
Millennials are the most educated generation in history. As Christopher Leinberger has reported, Washington DC has the most educated populace in the nation, and the highest demand for walkable urban centers.


Vegas Accepts $1 Million Grant for Community Building Challenge
News 3 Las Vegas – August 7, 2013
The City Council today accepted a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration as part of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities Challenge National Initiative.

Berkshire Planning Commission Awarded EPA Brownfield Funds
North Adams Transcript (MA) – August 6, 2013
“Cleaning up contaminated property and preparing it for re-use improves community health and economic vitality and the [BRPC] has been working to do just that,” said EPA Regional Administrator Curt Spalding.

Developing Green Transportation in Northwest Arkansas
The Free Weekly (AR) – August 8, 2013
Households would gain significantly by the region adapting the EPA Smart Growth Program guidelines of reduced travel demand, increased walk-ability, increased mass transit, and zoning to reduce distance between home and work as well as school and home.