Smart Growth News – February 28, 2013

Subsidized Sprawl
The Independent (NJ) – February 27, 2013
Federal spending on real estate is more likely to benefit single-family homes than multifamily housing, advocacy group study shows.

Who Should Pay for Transportation
Atlantic Cities – February 28, 2013
A new generation of funding schemes turns the “user fee” on its head.

Time to renew fight against sprawl
Hartford Courant (CT) – February 28, 2013
“We complain about the cost of government in this state, yet we keep running up our own bill.”

Obama’s Grand Rail Plans: What Went Wrong?
Planetizen – February 27, 2013
Four years after a historic down payment was made on Pres. Obama’s plan to connect 80 percent of Americans to fast trains, “the prospects for a national high-speed rail system seem bleak.”

Getting brownfields to produce green
Times Online (PA) – February 28, 2013
If Shell Chemical Co. decides to build its $2.5 billion ethane cracker plant in Potter Township, officials in Beaver County hope it spurs the long-awaited development of nearby brownfields.

Local News

New Orleans considers tearing down Claiborne Expressway
Louisiana Weekly (LA) – February 27, 2013
New Orleans officials hope to move residents toward a consensus this spring about whether to remove or keep the 1960s-era Claiborne expressway that destroyed African American neighborhoods in Treme, the Seventh Ward and vicinity.

Piecemeal Complete Streets Plan is a Boondoggle
Laguna Beach Independent (CA) – February 28, 2013
Calling for capital improvement projects and expenditures for complete streets interventions prior to recording traffic data is amateur folly.

Land-use changes discussed
Stockton Record (CA) – February 28, 2013
Last week, the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors signed off on long-term goals for the development of the county: new growth pushed toward existing urban centers and the preservation of open space and farmland in between.

Just For Fun

If Only Every City Had a Masked Lucha Libre Defender of Pedestrians
Atlantic Cities – February 27, 2013
Wouldn’t you just love to have a superhero sweep down, stand up to the jerk behind the wheel, and block the car so you could cross safely? Enter Peatónito, the masked Mexican defender of pedestrians!