Smart Growth News – February 5, 2013

KC draws another forward-looking national conference
Kansas City Star – February 5, 2013
This week, an even larger gathering, the “12th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Communities,” is expected to bring 1,200 people to a three-day conference regarding all things progressive when it comes to planning and development.

Cuomo Seeking Home Buyouts in Flood Zones
New York Times (NY) – February 4, 2013
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is proposing to spend as much as $400 million to purchase homes wrecked by Hurricane Sandy, have them demolished and then preserve the flood-prone land permanently, as undeveloped coastline.

Where Smart Growth falls short
KPBS (CA) – February 4, 2013
In San Diego, you can’t find a neighborhood more closely connected to a light rail station.

Scholar: Homeowners not necessarily better than renters
Georgetown University (DC) – February 1, 2013
Georgetown Sociologist Brian McCabe thinks the federal government should consider more closely how it balances the costs and benefits of promoting homeownership.

Gasoline costs take biggest share of household income in three decades
The Hill – February 5, 2013
Trips to the gasoline pump in 2012 and 2008 took their biggest share of U.S. household income in several decades, according to the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA).

The Link Between Kids Who Walk or Bike to School and Concentration
Atlantic Cities – February 5, 2013
According to the results of a Danish study released late last year, my Dutch friends are giving their daughter a less tangible but more lasting gift along with that bicycle:

The Fight for the Mount Laurel Doctrine
Next City – February 5, 2013
Due to a series of court decisions, broadly known as the Mount Laurel Doctrine, the state prohibits municipalities from instituting housing exclusionary policies and requires that they zone for a “fair share” of the region’s affordable housing.

Local News

Group Argues New Transit Options Key To Growth In Bethesda, Montgomery (MD) – February 4, 2013
A new group is joining the cause for transportation dollars to build the Purple Line light rail and Bus Rapid Transit system, both of which supporters say would ease congestion in Bethesda.