Smart Growth News – December 17, 2013

Dem Looks to Keep Expiring Mass Transit Tax Break
The Hill – December 16, 2013
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) has proposed legislation to maintain an expiring tax break given to people who use mass transit, which she said would keep commuting costs low for thousands of federal workers in Washington, D.C., and millions of people around the country.


Survey: Road Congestion, Unreliable Rail System Big Problem for Connecticut Businesses
The New Haven Register (CT) – December 16, 2013
An estimated 74 percent support legislation that would prohibit the use of special transportation funds to cover general fund shortfalls, 72 percent said increases in the state’s gas and diesel taxes impacted their businesses, and 42 percent companies surveyed say road congestion limits their market.

When Detroit Paved over Paradise: The Story of I-375
The Detroit Free Press – December 15, 2013
The benefits of removing freeways from the hearts of cities is a theme of growing popularity in urban planning.

Why Philly’s Land Bank Creates a Fantastic Opportunity for the City
Philly (dot) com – December 16, 2013
The bill has measures geared at ensuring equity, accountability, and transparency in the process that should help Philadelphia finally make real headway dealing with the costly scourge of citywide blight.

Complete Streets: Any Way You Want to Go
The Bradenton Times (FL) – December 17, 2013
FDOT officials say that one day we will be able to go from Route 90 — near the Florida/Georgia border — to Key West, on one continuous bike/sidewalk path.

6 Cincy Council Members Send Letter to FTA
WVXR (OH) – December 16, 2013
The streetcar committee will hold a meeting Thursday at 9 a.m. to learn more about an audit to determine the costs of stopping the project versus continuing it.

Kennedy Makes pitch for Complete Streets Law
The Buffalo News – December 11, 2013
Standing on a busy corner near where two youngsters have been hit by cars in the past two years, State Sen. Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, called Wednesday for expansion of the state’s Complete Streets Law to make roadways safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Greenways: Work on Next Route is Nearing
Park City Daily News (KY) – December 14, 2013
“The whole idea of smart growth is to be able to connect residential areas to the places where people work, go to school and to all of their daily destinations.”