Smart Growth News – February 20, 2013

Congress looks for road repair funds
Politico – February 20, 2013
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are looking at new fees or tax hikes to generate money to patch up the nation’s highways and bridges in an attempt to avoid another session of kicking the can down the proverbial crumbling road.

Better Off-the-Shelf Road Designs Needed From ConnDOT
Mobilizing the Region (NY) – February 19, 2013
Connecticut’s 2009 complete streets law requires that transportation projects receiving state funds consider all users of the road, and is considered one of the strongest laws of its type in the country.

Walkonomics Sets Out to Create a New Way to Measure Walkability
Streetsblog – February 19, 2013
Looks like Walk Score has some competition in the business of rating walkability.

Geophysicist’s bill prohibits sustainable development
Topeka Capital-Journal (KS) – February 20, 2013
A Wichita legislator with ties to the oil and natural gas industry has introduced a bill to prohibit use of public funds to promote sustainable development.

The Tyranny of America’s Homeowners Associations
Planetizen – February 20, 2013
In the last three decades HOAs have grown six-fold in the U.S. They now cover 20 percent of American homes, and stifle sustainability and expression through “one of the most significant privatizations of local government functions in history.”

Local News

Orlando OKs $200M Downtown Mixed-Use Development
Law360 – February 19, 2013
Orlando, Fla.’s municipal planning board Tuesday signed off on a $200 million mixed-use project by RIDA Development Corp. that will tie into a major commuter rail station project in the city’s downtown.

Gray: Plan would make District ‘healthiest, greenest and most livable’ city
Washington Post (DC) – February 20, 2013
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray is vowing to make the District the nation’s “healthiest, greenest and most livable” city within 20 years and is launching dozens of initiatives to curb energy use, reduce traffic and boost access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Making Orlando’s Streets Safer for Pedestrians
Transportation Nation – February 19, 2013
For years, Orlando has ranked among the most dangerous metro areas for pedestrians in the nation, with roughly two injuries per day and one fatality a week.

The Road to Complete Streets
225 Baton Rouge (LA) – February 19, 2013
In preparation for the Better Block BR event in April—where two blocks of Government Street will be converted to a “complete street” model for a weekend—organizers are hosting a workshop tonight to hear what types of infrastructure, businesses and activities you want to see along the route.