Smart growth news- June 22, 2012

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TIGER 2012 projects highlight critical need for transportation solutions
Department of Transportation Fast Lane blog- June 22, 2012
In this fourth round of our TIGER program, DOT is investing a total of nearly $500 million in 47 projects in 34 states and the District of Columbia. Projects that improve safety, like repairing structurally deficient bridges in Arizona and Maine. Projects that help communities recover, like rebuilding after a devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri. Projects that give people choices, like developing intermodal facilities in Rochester, NY. Projects that focus on our strengthening our maritime industry, like rehabilitating Tulsa’s Port of Catoosa, one of the largest inland ports in the country.

US lawmakers voice optimism on transportation bill talks
Reuters- June 21, 2012
Prospects for a deal to fund U.S. transportation projects over the long term appeared to brighten somewhat on Thursday as key House and Senate lawmakers described their negotiations in more optimistic terms.

Gas prices could hit $3 by autumn
USA Today- June 21, 2012
The darkening clouds of the slowing economy could provide a bright spot for consumers: gasoline at $3 a gallon — or less — by autumn.

Lawsuits Threaten Light Rail In Los Angeles
NPR- June 21, 2012
Ambitious plans for new public transit across L.A. are inching closer to reality. A comprehensive rail system in this car-centric metropolis seems truly possible. But not everyone shares the vision. Four lawsuits are threatening to halt work on the expansion of rail and subway lines.

Can 10,000 Bikes Change The Way New Yorkers Travel? Alta Bicycle Share Is About To Find Out
Fast Company- June 18, 2012
If communal bikes can make it in New York, can they make it anywhere? Alta Bicycle Share aims to find out.

Meet the Millennial Mayors
The Atlantic Cities- June 21, 2012
The Millennial generation may be coming of age amid the worst economic period since the Great Depression, but that doesn’t mean they’re lacking in ambition. With the traditional entry-level job market so bleak for so long, running for local office when you’ve barely finished college doesn’t seem quite so crazy.

Coalition Members in the news

Vision LI honors GN Plaza mayor
The Island Now (NY)- June 21, 2012
Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender was honored last week with a Vision Long Island Smart Growth Award for a transit-oriented development zoning code, which she said ensures a “new era of sustainable development” in her village.

Local News

Palo Alto Rolls Toward Bike Share Program
Palo Alto Patch (CA)- June 21, 2012
If you have visited Washington, D.C. in the past two years or so, you might be familiar with Capital Bikeshare, a bike sharing system that loans its 2,000 bikes to an estimated 4,000 riders a day at its 165 stations throughout the city.

Rose Quarter plan would ease height, zoning rules June 21, 2012
A revised plan for redeveloping the Rose Quarter, the Oregon Convention Center and the Lloyd District re-envisions the area as a walkable, high-density urban district with some of the tallest buildings in the city.

Murray Supply poised for growth, HQ move (NC)- June 21, 2012
As Murray Supply Co. expands coming out of the recession, the third-generation plumbing supplier is investing in downtown Winston-Salem with its relocation to the Liberty Plaza building on West Third Street. “We went down there, and we liked the idea of what’s happening downtown, and quite frankly, we wanted to be part …

Wave of small West End projects boosts downtown development
Greenville Online- June 21, 2012
There’s plenty of evidence of a development wave washing over downtown Greenville, and some of it isn’t noisy at all, with almost all the work being done inside buildings that have stood for decades.

Helping to make Binghamton streets more user-friendly (NY)- June 21, 2012
Imagine a downtown where people can choose whether they want to drive, bike or walk to their destination. Roads would be improved for vehicle traffic, additional lanes would be added for bikers, and walkways could be easily travelled by working professionals, seniors and those with disabilities.

Detroit to get $10M federal grant to link city landmarks
The Detroit News (MI)- June 21, 2012
The U.S. Transportation Department on Friday will unveil the latest round of grants for projects around the country, including $10 million for a Detroit project.

Editorial & opinion

Let’s attract companies with our workers, not with subsidies
Greater Greater Washington- June 21, 2012
DC has grown its private sector by investing in urban amenities that attract a 21st century workforce. Other states simply give companies direct subsidies to attract them instead, providing little external benefit. But the DC Council is about to do exactly that, by giving LivingSocial a $32.5 million location subsidy with few strings attached.