Smart Growth News – December 20, 2012

Today’s stories:

Is the state giving money to ‘well-off’ suburbs at expense of urban areas?
Bangor Daily News (ME) – December 19, 2012
Nearly all of Maine’s population growth in the last decade, as well as nearly 70 percent of the state’s economic activity, has taken place in metropolitan areas. Yet state policies governing funding for education and transportation, state aid to local communities and economic development programs have not caught up to this new reality, according to economists and planners who have studied Maine’s communities and the state’s economy.

Nashville values, development rise with form-based code
Better! Cities & Towns – December 7, 2012
An improved and more workable zoning code was approved by Nashville’s Planning Commission and combined city/county council after more than two years of staff work and public input, in tandem with a new community plan for the downtown area.

Decision clears way for Ill. high-speed rail line
The Pantagraph (IL) – December 18, 2012
The Federal Railroad Administration has taken action that will allow the full build-out of a high-speed rail corridor between Chicago and St. Louis.

Is 2013 the Year of New Transportation Funding?
Governing – December 19, 2012
The 2013 legislative session hasn’t even started, but state lawmakers across the country are already touting the need to find new sources of transportation revenue in the upcoming year.

Hawaii’s Train to the Future
Huffington Post – December 19, 2012
The path to a walkable, livable urban future is filled with hurdles.

Snyder Signs Bills For Detroit Transit, Lighting, Red Wings Arena
CBS Detroit – December 19, 2012
Gov. Rick Snyder was in Detroit on Wednesday to sign a number of bills that he says will help the Motor City.

Improving the Department of Transportation: A conversation with Ray LaHood
Washington Post – December 19, 2012
DOT was also the most improved large agency, raising its score 4.1 points from 2011. LaHood spoke with Tom Fox, who is a guest writer of the Washington Post’s Federal Coach blog and is the vice president for leadership and innovation at the Partnership for Public Service, which also publishes the rankings. Fox also heads up the Partnership’s Center for Government Leadership.

First peek at DIA transit development plan
Denver Business Journal (CO) – December 19, 2012
A Denver City Council subcommittee on Wednesday got the first peek at plans for the new transit-oriented development planned for the “Aviation Community Station,” where East 61st Avenue will intersect with the FasTracks train to Denver International Airport.

Region attempts to answer tough transportation questions
WTOP – December 20, 2012
When it comes to paying for much-needed transportation improvements in the Washington region, one question stands out: How? It’s a question that has remained unanswered in Richmond, Annapolis and the Wilson Building for several years. Now, the National Capital Transportation Planning Board has some suggestions.