Smart Growth News – January 11, 2013

How New Federal Rules Will Help Align Housing and Transportation Policy
US News and World Report – January 10, 2013
When reading about what’s going on in Washington, D.C., our eyes are usually on the “big story” — we’re looking for the Grand Bargain, a healthcare system overhaul, or at the very least, an Act of Congress.

More Extensive Is More Expensive: Sprawl, Infrastructure, and Oregon’s Burden
1000 Friends of Oregon (OR) – January 10, 2013
Oregon’s physical infrastructure is an investment in the future of its residents and communities.

Why 2013 will be a big year for green infrastructure finance
NRDC Switchboard – January 10, 2013
Three recent publications present compelling reasons why private financing for green infrastructure is going to be a hot topic in 2013, and likely for decades to come.

The Urban Innovation Model
Boston Globe (MA) – January 10, 2013
Last week,Avis announced that it was buying Zipcar for $12.25 a share, a 49 percent premium over Zipcar’s price at the time.

Local News

Report Calls for Better Growth Planning
Statesman Journal (OR) – January 11, 2013
Oregon communities should be required to evaluate the long-term cost of building and maintaining infrastructure as part of urban growth boundary decisions, the land-use advocacy organization 1000 Friends of Oregon says.

PA Awaits Long-Delayed Transportation Budget
Next City – January 10, 2013
In a radio interview last week, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett promised to unveil a comprehensive transportation funding plan for a state that has long struggled to deal with numerous underfunded mass transit agencies, as well as aging bridge and highway infrastructure.

East Lansing Council To Weigh Major Mixed-Use Project
Lansing State Journal (MI) – January 10, 2013
Another version of a long-delayed downtown redevelopment project — formerly known as City Center II — is coming up before city leaders.

A New Nashville Beyond the Convention Center
Next City – January 10, 2013
Whenever a news story opens by comparing a given city to ultra-hip hotspots like Portland and Austin, prepare to cringe.

Construction sparks get $580M Prairiefire mixed-use project going
Kansas City Business Journal (MO) – January 11, 2013
Crews recently sparked construction of Prairiefire, a $580 million mixed-use development in Overland Park.