Smart growth news – February 8, 2012

National News:

It’s Up To The Cities To Bring America Back
Business Insider – February 2, 2012

But more than 60 million Americans toil in low-wage, low-skill service jobs in everything from food prep and retail sales to personal care. We can transform them into good, family sustaining jobs, the same way we made manufacturing jobs good jobs decades ago, by creatifying them— tapping the knowledge and creativity of workers as a source of productivity, which in turn will generate higher wages.

Why Planners Need to Take Agenda 21 Criticism More Seriously
The Atlantic Cities – February 7, 2012

It’d be easy to wholly dismiss the Agenda 21’ers, the nickname that’s stuck here in Texas for those who believe that a non-binding, 1992 United Nations action plan aimed at aiding world governments in pursuing sustainability is the source of a vast urban planning conspiracy. These individuals have interpreted the UN’s Agenda 21 as an international plot, implemented by a Town Hall near you, to herd humanity into habitation zones and save the rest for the animals at the behest of enviro-fascists and their bicycle advocate shock troops.

Alliance of business, labor on infrastructure begins to fray
The Hill – February 7, 2012

The Chamber executive said she couldn’t say whether the business group would oppose the overall bill if the Ways and Means Committee proposal survived.

US Transportation Secretary LaHood to Visit Siemens Light Rail Manufacturing Plant in Sacramento
Press Release – February 7, 2012

Siemens recently hired an additional 200 workers in Sacramento after winning a $466 million contract to build 70 electric locomotives for Amtrak’s Northeast and Keystone Corridor lines. Following his tour of the Siemens Plant, Secretary LaHood will deliver the keynote address at the “Next Generation Rail Supply Chain Forum,” where he will discuss how President Obama’s commitment to rail is spurring American innovation and creating quality American manufacturing jobs.

Bus, Train Ads Roll To The Rescue Of Ailing Local Transit Budgets
Huffington Post – February 8, 2012

The T’s decision comes at a time when transit systems around the country are looking more closely at advertising and the revenue that it can bring. Federal, state and local funding is stagnant and, in many cases, declining. Last week, a U.S. House committee approved a measure that could strip another $25 billion in federal support from local transit agencies over the next five years. The financial situation is driving transit systems in at least five cities to sell ad space on the sides of buses, inside transit shelters, on the backs of subway passes and on digital signs that scroll.

Local News:

Urban development forum set at UWT
Tacoma News Tribune – February 8, 2012

Parris Glendening, now the president of the Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute, will be one of five panelists at the Urban Studies Forum focused on balancing industrial and post-industrial urban development. The all-day forum begins with a 7:30 a.m. registration in William Philip Hall on the UWT campus.

$2 million U.S. grant expands to explore transit options for all of Woodward Ave.
Crain’s Detroit Business – February 7, 2012

A $2 million federal grant originally aimed at studying how a Detroit light rail project could be extended to Birmingham has been expanded in scope to cover transit options for the entire 27 miles of Woodward Avenue.

Cyclists angered over possible funding cuts
Denver Post – February 8, 2012

But in bike-friendly Colorado, bike- policy promoters are confident that support for cycling and pedestrian transportation will continue. The Colorado Department of Transportation was one of the nation’s first to install federal funds in local Safe Routes to School programs, which the new bill would repeal. Bicycle Colorado, which champions pedaling, said the state directs about 75 percent of federal enhancement funding toward bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.

Smart Meters Are Part Of Agenda 21 – And Response
The Chattanoogan – February 7, 2012

Mrs. Peker says that, “Once a smart meter is attached to a home, it can tell how many people live in the house, when they get up, when they go to bed and when they aren’t home. It can tell how many showers they take and loads of laundry they do, how often they use the microwave and how much and what kind of TV they watch. The information gathered from your house is sent to a neighborhood smart meter which then wirelessly transmits your information to a municipal network and to the national network which is the Smart Grid.”

Opinion and Editorial:

Rethinking redevelopment in California
Los Angeles Times – February 8, 2012

With the end of redevelopment agencies, the government must help create good jobs, affordable housing and a healthy environment in blighted areas.

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