Smart Growth News – February 22, 2013

Agriculture and Rural Main Streets on the Agenda for Smart Growth Blog – February 22, 2013
Agriculture and food system development were featured agenda topics at the recent New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, an annual conference sponsored by the Local Government Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, the US Department of Transportation, the Centers for Disease Control and several other public and private organizations.

The Road (and Rail) to Justice
Boston Review (MA) – February 22, 2013
For millions of American families, the commute to work is more than stressful: it can also be cripplingly costly.

The case for a higher gas tax
The New York Times – February 22, 2013
The average price of gasoline in the United States, $3.78 on Thursday, has been steadily climbing for more than a month and is approaching the three previous post-recession peaks, in May 2011 and in April and September of last year.

An app that tells you how walkable a street really is
Atlantic Cities – February 21, 2013
Back in 2007, when the walkability rating system Walk Score launched, it was an exciting development for everyone who cares about pedestrian-friendly cities.

The Downside of More Miles Per Gallon
Freakonomics Podcast – February 22, 2013
The gist: the Federal gas tax is a primary source of infrastructure funding but, politically, it has proven a hard tax to increase.

Local News

Bus rapid transit route expected to spur office, condo, retail development
Nashville Business Journal (TN) – February 21, 2012
Nashville’s development community is embracing Mayor Karl Dean’s proposed bus-rapid-transit system along the West End corridor.

In Fitting Finale, NY Will Tear Down Robert Moses Parkway
Planetizen – February 21, 2013
From Niagara Falls comes news that the State of New York will rip out a two-mile stretch of the Robert Moses Parkway, which has divided city residents from the scenic Niagara Gorge for a half-century.

Healthy Choices Ky. to host walkability workshop
The Independent (KY) – February 22, 2013
Healthy Choices Kentucky, along with America Walks, the City of Ashland and Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities will sponsor a free workshop aimed at making Ashland a more walkable city.

Just for Fun

City Hall To Go
A short video on Boston’s food truck-style mobile services vehicle.