Smart Growth News – December 16, 2013

With Staff Changes, EPA Sharpens Climate Focus
Government Executive – December 13, 2013
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is shuffling the agency’s staff to put greater focus on President Obama’s climate agenda.

What Tech Hasn’t Learned From Urban Planning
The New York Times – December 13, 2013
The tech sector’s embrace of urbanist lingua franca and its enthusiasm to engage with urban problems is awesome, and much welcomed. But these folks need to become better urbanists.

Obama Tells Mayors Cities are Engines are Keys to Economic Growth
The Boston Globe – December 13, 2013
Obama said Senate passage next week of a House-approved budget will help metropolitan areas by removing the uncertainty that past fiscal brinkmanship has created in the economy.

Brookings Researcher Advises Local Leaders to Think Past Washington as Government Town
The Washington Post – December 12, 2013
Katz told members of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Wednesday at the group’s annual meeting that the federal government’s inaction on the economy, infrastructure needs, transportation and immigration reform required local leaders to step up and address those issues on their own.


Reed, Chafee to Discuss Warwick Station District
AP – December 15, 2013
Chafee and Reed are scheduled to join Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian Monday morning to announce the next steps in marketing and developing the area, which sits near T.F. Green Airport and the InterLink transportation hub.

Prince William’s Reexamination of the Bi-County Parkway Comes at Important Moment
The Washington Post – December 15, 2013
The parkway, a controversial 10-mile road that would connect Interstate 66 in Prince William and Route 50 in Loudoun County, faces several hurdles in the coming months, said Stewart Schwartz, the executive director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth, which opposes the project.

Annual PA Brownfields Conference A Success
NorthCentralPA (dot) com – December 12, 2013
Attendees at this week’s annual Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference held in King of Prussia, Montgomery County, expressed optimism about the state’s economy and improving business climate.

Pelham Voters to See Town Center Zoning Proposal
Eagle-Tribune (NH) – December 15, 2013
“The district is intended to accommodate a physical pattern of pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use development that is traditionally found in neighborhoods within town centers throughout New England,” the proposal reads.