Smart growth news- June 19, 2012

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Lawmakers try to save transportation bill, their best bet for passing a jobs bill
Associated Press via Washington Post – June 19, 2012
House and Senate leaders are making a last-ditch effort to revive stalled legislation to overhaul federal transportation programs — Congress’ best bet for passage of a major jobs bill this year — but prospects for passage before the November election are dimming.

Built on sinking ground, Norfolk tries to hold back tide amid sea-level rise
Washington Post- June 17, 2012
NORFOLK — At her cozy house by the river, Julie Faella spoke as though a monster lurks nearby. It rises under a tidal moon, she said, or when the winds howl, or when rains crash down.

Public transit ills called a health issue
Boston Globe- June 19, 2012
Massachusetts has made modest improvements in services to keep residents healthy, such as providing better bikeways and walking paths, but ­serious financial problems with its mass transit system could undermine those gains, warns a report by a coalition of health and community advocates.

Capital Bikeshare Users Say They Save Over $800 a Year in Transportation Costs, Have Reduced Car Use
DCist- June 18, 2012
Capital Bikeshare users reported annual transportation savings of $819, according to the results of a 2011 survey released today. The survey of the system’s 18,000 annual users—over 5,600 of which responded—found that weekly savings amounted to $15.75, and that Bikeshare users saved a collective $15 million a year by jumping on one of the distinctive red bikes.

Coalition Members in the news

The American Dream: Phase II
The New York Times- June 18, 2012
That’s L. Brooks Patterson’s irresistible description of sprawl, proving yet again how masterful the stalwarts of the status quo are at messaging that which they hope to preserve in amber.

Local news

Downtown keeps evolving
Columbia Daily Tribune (MO)- June 18, 2012
Downtown Columbia has seen an uptick in investment over the past decade, and in the past year, things have been especially busy in the central city’s commercial district.

Seaport Square May Be Boston’s Next “Innovation District”
Architectural Record- June 15, 2012
If every journey begins with a single step, Seaport Square, a 23-acre mixed-use development along the Boston waterfront, is starting with a single-story building.

Pair of public parks bring commercial development to downtown Columbus – June 19, 2012
Those markets that have weathered the economic downturn the best all have something in common: They’re places in which people actually want to live.

Washington County eyes future growth areas with new boundary-expansion decision
The Oregonian (OR) – June 18, 2012
State approval late last week of a plan to expand where new houses and businesses can be built in Washington County amounted, in some ways, to just one more point on a very long continuum.

Happy trails: New walking routes around Downtown El Paso encourage workers to get out of the office
El Paso Times (TX) – June 18, 2012
Walking down a mile-long path from Union Plaza Park up to City Hall, Sandra Bejarano could not help but notice the pieces of Downtown history she had been missing.

St. Louis interested in buying vintage Seattle streetcars
The Seattle Times (WA) – June 18, 2012
Just last week, Doug Campion, project manager for the Loop Trolley in St. Louis — a $43 million project that will run vintage streetcars, and is set to begin construction later this year — came to town to look them over.