Smart Growth News – December 30, 2013

Exit Interview: Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan
WNYC (NY) – December 27, 2013
From the pedestrian plazas in Herald Square and Times Square, to the city’s Select Bus Service, the expansion of bike lanes, and the rollout of thousands of new Citi Bikes, Sadik-Khan’s initiatives have been both excoriated and praised.

Mortgage Welfare is the Worst Tax Loophole There Is
MLive (MI) – December 28, 2013
Despite the benefits skewing heavily to the well-off who would buy homes anyway, the MID continues to exist based on a mistaken assumption it encourages higher homeownership among the less wealthy.

A Year of Urban Thinking in San Diego
Voice of San Diego – December 26, 2013
The trend is marked most noticeably by the arrival of Bill Fulton, the city’s new planning director, a nationally celebrated thinker on the importance of sustainable urban development and author of the pre-eminent textbook on California planning.

The South at a Glance
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – December 27, 2013
The project will transform a former brownfield site into mixed-use development that includes residential and commercial uses.

Tampa Bike Share Organizers Finalizing Details for April Launch
The Tampa Tribune – December 30, 2013
Buckhorn said putting more bikes on the roads will reduce crashes rather than increase them by making bikes more visible to drivers.

Transit System Big Barrier to Lowering Maryland Unemployment
Bethesda- Chevy Chase Patch (MD) – December 28, 2013
For decades, the jobs that many Baltimore residents rely on have been moving to the suburbs. But most of the region’s transit routes haven’t been changed since before the Maryland Transit Administration took over local bus service in 1971.

Roswell Seeks Redevelopment, Walkability in 2014
NorthFulton (dot) com (GA) – December 27, 2013
The Council will adopt a new Zoning Code and Architectural Guidelines, encouraging walkable developments.