Smart Growth News – June 10, 2013

Denver Microhousing Competition Attracts Global Interest
Architectural Record – June 3, 2013
For now, at least, there’s no big push for tiny living spaces. But that could change, as more young urbanites flock to the city’s booming downtown.

Hearing Highlights Importance of Northeast Corridor to U.S. Passenger Rail
U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure – June 7, 2013
Committee leaders called the corridor – Amtrak’s most valuable route – the kind of infrastructure that can be improved upon through smart investment and within existing, realistic budget levels.

Fostering Policy Change to Create More Age-Friendly Communities
AARP – June 7 , 2013
Community aspects ranging from housing and neighborhood design to transportation services must be considered when planning for an aging-friendly community.

Foxx Nears Vote for U.S. Transportation Secretary
CBS Charlotte – June 10, 2013
He received praise from both Democrats and Republicans during a Senate confirmation hearing last month.

Bi-Partisan Lawmakers Push Permanent Tax Equality for Transit Commuters
DC Streetsblog – June 7, 2013
The “Transit Parity Act” caps both the transit and parking benefits at $220, making the change deficit-neutral.


Capital Bikeshare Becoming an Economic Development Tool
The Washington Examiner – June 9 , 2013
Capital Bikeshare is doing more than moving people around on red bikes. It’s also helping sell houses and apartments and draw people to businesses.

Cary Hosts ‘Conversations’ to Help Guide Growth
News Observer (NC) – June 8, 2013
Mary Collins has lived in Cary for 14 years, and she has seen the town’s borders creep west into Chatham County and south toward Holly Springs.

National Report: State Bridges Not Old, Just Neglected
Mississippi Business Journal – June 7, 2013
A ranking by Transportation for America [listed Mississippi] as the tenth worst state for structurally deficient bridges, a problem the Mississippi Department of Transportation estimates would cost $509 million to remedy.

Ranson & Charles Town Commerce Corridor Project Recognized with Two Awards
Herald-Mail (WV) – June 9, 2013
Local officials brought home two coveted awards from the National Brownfield Conference in Atlanta, recognizing the success of the commerce corridor.

Council President Wants to Jack Up Taxes on Abandoned Properties
Philadelphia City Paper – June 6, 2013
The legislation is clearly designed to incentivize land owners to develop or sell vacant property.

Just for Fun

Dystopian Cartoon of the Day – When Cars Ruled the World
The Atlantic Cities – June 7, 2013
The plot? Martians looking at earth determine that its dominant species is the car. [from 1966]