Smart Growth News – December 19, 2012

Today’s stories:

Downtown property owners fight MTA subway tunnel plans
Los Angeles Times (CA) – December 15, 2012
As the MTA moves closer to starting construction on a subway tunnel in downtown Los Angeles, some property owners have dug in for a fight.

Staten Island Landfill Park Proves Savior in Hurricane
New York Times – December 17, 2012
uring Hurricane Sandy, the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island absorbed a critical part of the storm surge. Its hills and waterways spared nearby neighborhoods like Travis, Bulls Head, New Springville and Arden Heights much worse flooding. The 2,200-acre site, which closed a decade ago and is being turned into a park, was also temporarily reopened as a transfer station, helping officials and relief agencies clear debris from around the city.

Miami-Orlando passenger train project clears key hurdle
Reuters via Yahoo News – December 18, 2012
A Florida company cleared a major hurdle on Tuesday to move ahead with a project to build a new $1.5 billion passenger train service linking Orlando and Miami that is being billed as the first privately run rail link between two major U.S. cities.

D.C. preparing to open new highway link
Washington Post – December 18, 2012
New ramp from the 11th Street Bridge to D.C. 295 North, which will have a 16-foot-wide pedestrian and bike path that connects with the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail when all is said and done, prepares to open.

Local businesses spearhead smart growth
Syracuse Post-Standard (NY) – December 18, 2012
F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse has been working for the past few months on a Citizen’s Strategic Action Plan on Smart Growth.

Passage of regional plan “leap forward” for Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Daily Tribune (CA) – December 13, 2012
California and Nevada reached a historic agreement over Lake Tahoe this week with the passage of an extensive plan designed to shape development at the lake for years to come.

State, Montgomery leaders share transportation woes
Maryland Gazette – December 18, 2012
With the question of how to fund Maryland’s Purple Line as a backdrop, Montgomery County leaders assembled stakeholders from across the state in Annapolis last week to weigh solutions to the state’s transportation funding shortage.

Motorola Solutions moving U.S. sales HQ downtown
Crain’s Chicago – December 19, 2012
Motorola Solutions Inc. is moving its North American sales headquarters downtown as part of its promise to add 400 jobs in Chicago.