Smart growth news- June 20, 2012

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New offer from Senate Dems in highway talks
The Hill- June 19, 2012
Senate Democrats made a new offer for a long-term highway bill to House Republicans on Tuesday as leaders of both parties intervened in the stalled talks in a last-ditch effort to salvage them.

L.A. council OKs plan to concentrate growth in Hollywood
LA Times- June 19, 2012
A plan that could dramatically remake the Hollywood skyline and form the blueprint for denser development around the city’s growing rail network has won unanimous approval from the Los Angeles City Council.

U.S. Mayors Urge Congress to Preserve Funding for Bike/Ped Programs
League of American Bicyclists blog- June 2012
Adding a very powerful voice to the call for continued federal funding for sidewalks and bikeways, the U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution at its annual meeting last weekend that urges Congress to “protect and increase funding for bicycle and pedestrian programs in the next transportation reauthorization law.”

Cities Lead Effort to Curb Climate Change as Nations Lag
Bloomberg- June 19, 2012
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is leading an effort by 58 of the world’s largest cities to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions while federal governments struggle to meet global targets following two decades of discussions.

What Home Builders Need: Locations, Locations, Locations
Wall Street Journal- June 18, 2012
The recent rise in home building could be thwarted by an unlikely factor, a shortage of land in desirable locations.

The Birth of Zoning Codes, a History
The Atlantic Cities- June 19, 2012
The story of American zoning is really the story of how Americans learned to legislate their NIMBY impulses.

Local news

Can San Francisco Add 150,000 More People?
SF Public Press- June 19, 2012
The Association of Bay Area Governments predicts San Francisco will reach 969,000 people by 2035 — a nearly 20 percent jump above today’s 815,400. The Bay Area, now nearly 7.2 million, would reach 9.3 million people by 2040 under that growth scenario. That amounts to 2.1 million more people at a growth rate of nearly 30 percent.

Train station work will boost Sacramento public transit options
The Sacramento Press- June 20, 2012
The Sacramento Valley Station at Fifth and I streets got a boost to its renovation with the awarding of a $15 million federal grant, and officials said it’s a key step in bringing an intermodal transit facility to Sacramento that will allow residents easy access throughout the region.

Mixed-use development to offer healthy choices for Conyers
Rockdale Citizen (GA)- June 19, 2012
A 300-plus-acre mixed-used development billed as “New Choices for Conyers” was announced at a meeting of developers, architects and community leaders Monday night at the Corner Market.

Leaders, residents discuss Downtown North redevelopment opportunities (TN)- June 19, 2012
City leaders met with residents and business owners in the Downtown North community to discuss future opportunities for redevelopment.