Smart growth news – February 14, 2012

National News

Forget The Suburbs: Living In Beautiful, Well-Designed Cities Makes People Happy
Fast Company – February

I love living in San Francisco. The city is packed with culture, beautiful parks, open spaces, and local businesses. These are just some of the qualities that inspire happiness among urban residents, according to a study from Urban Affairs Review. The culture-less suburbs nearby just don’t cut it.

Congress Heads Into Transportation Debate Without Obama Proposal
Bloomberg – February 14, 2012

President Barack Obama’s call to almost double transportation spending over the next six years may have little influence on Congress as it starts debating how much money to allot to U.S. infrastructure.

An agency-by-agency guide to Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal 2013
Associated Press – February 13, 2012

President Barack Obama has proposed a $3.8 trillion budget for fiscal 2013 that aims to slash the deficit by $4 trillion over 10 years but still envisions growth in the government’s major health benefit programs.

How Colleges Can Foster Development Zones
The Atlantic Cities – February 14, 2012

Confronted with slack economies and urgent about economic renewal, cities and regions in the United States and abroad are creating diverse new redevelopment zones to build on the strengths of anchor institutions (universities, medical complexes, and corporate headquarters) through a combination of urban design strategies, innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives, and business incubators.

Even Critics of Safety Net Increasingly Depend on It
The New York Times – February 11, 2012

But the reality of life here is that Mr. Gulbranson and many of his neighbors continue to take as much help from the government as they can get. When pressed to choose between paying more and taking less, many people interviewed here hemmed and hawed and said they could not decide. Some were reduced to tears. It is much easier to promise future restraint than to deny present needs.

Local News:

CTA head hopeful for return to bipartisan transit funding
Chicago Tribune – February 13, 2012

Amid the panic voiced by some public transit supporters over the House Republican transportation plan, the head of the Chicago Transit Authority said he is hopeful about an eventual resolution — probably in 2013 — much closer to the Senate version of the bill.

A push for transit-oriented development, but in what direction?
CT Mirror – February 13, 2012

Transit oriented development — a generation-old concept in which municipal and economic growth are linked to mass transit — is a current darling among many Connecticut constituencies.

Public transit use low in Tampa Bay area
Tampa Bay Business Journal – February 13, 2012

Public transit dependency was highest in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area, with 1.38 percent of the population using public transportation.

People, places make for one great city
The Columbus Dispatch – February 14, 2012

But many of the answers amounted to the same thing: The folks who live or work here appreciate Columbus most because of the other folks who live and work here.