Smart growth news- June 25, 2012

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The week ahead: Decision time for highway bill negotiations
The Hill- June 25, 2012
Negotiations in Congress about a new transportation spending bill are entering their final week, with both sides having something to gain and plenty to lose.

Moving home: The new key to success
Salon- June 23, 2012
After nine years in Brooklyn, N.Y., Emily Farris, Midwestern cuisine queen, decided she was sick of baking tuna casseroles in a kitchen that was also a hallway. “I was sharing a tiny apartment. I wanted to live like an adult,” she says, “and in New York I couldn’t afford to do that.”

Who Will Buy the Boomer’s Homes?
The Daily Beast- June 22, 2012
This week the Housing Commission at the Bipartisan Policy Center issued a report suggesting that there is a growing mismatch between where houses are supplied and where future demand will be.

Turning urban sprawl into sustainable cities
CNN- June 23, 2012
It may seem ironic that one of the most sustainable city infrastructure projects underway in the United States is taking shape in a metropolitan region known best for its traffic congestion and expansive urban sprawl.

Cash-strapped Nevada city declares state of emergency
Fox News- June 23, 2012
There are no signs of rioters, wind-damaged homes or flooding. The brand new City Hall features gleaming marble floors and the public recreation centers offer Zumba, karate and Pilates classes. Despite all of its suburban trimmings, North Las Vegas is officially a disaster area.

Coalition members in the news

Vision Long Island Smart Growth Awards demonstrate value of local government June 22, 2012
Bravo to Mayor Jean Celender, of the Village of Great Neck Plaza, Long Island, for winning her second Vision Long Island Smart Growth Award for the village. Mayor Celender received the Transportation Choices award for the Plaza’s TOD (Transit-Oriented Development) Zoning for its “B” Business District. The plan encompasses mixed-use and infill development to build new housing in the downtown.

Local news

After 40 years, Detroit’s riverfront goes from factories and shipping to housing, retail, recreation
Detroit Free Press- June 24, 2012
Back in the mid-1970s, Detroit recreation planner Harriet Saperstein and many others began to think about transforming the city’s waterfront.

Fourteen-Mile Waterfront Greenway Coming to Brooklyn
The Epoch Times (NY)- June 24, 2012
NEW YORK—Manhattan isn’t the only borough getting greenway space right on the water. The Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway plan, released by the city’s Department of Transportation, details a 14-mile pedestrian and bicycle path that will connect Greenpoint and Sunset Park, and stretch from Newtown Creek to Owl’s Head Park.

Houston wins $15M in TIGER funds for public transportation
Houston BizJournals (TX)- June 22, 2012
The city of Houston received $15 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) 2012 program to use to improve bicycle and pedestrian transportation.

REDLANDS: City plans for development around rail stations
The Press-Enterprise (CA)- June 22, 2012
With Metrolink expecting to begin service to Redlands at five rail stops later this decade, the City Council last week took an early step toward planning for development around the stations.

Chamber puts a face on its goal to bring excitement to downtown Jacksonville
Florida Times-Union- June 22, 2012
Tony Allegretti is the kind of guy who hops on a skateboard after work and rolls across downtown on a balmy Thursday evening so he can enjoy Go Skate Day at Hemming Plaza… Now, Allegretti and JAX Chamber have joined forces. The chamber recently hired him as director of downtown engagement — the first time the chamber has created a staff position solely focused on downtown.

Chattanoogans Continue To Opt Out Public Transportation
News Channel 9 (TN)- June 21, 2012
Thursday is National “Dump The Pump” day, a drive that urges you to ditch the gas pump for a day, and hop on public transportation. “It cuts into people’s budgets, and we can save people an immense amount of money when they dump the pump,” says CARTA’S Executive Director, Tom Dugan. But Chattanooga’s public transportation hasn’t gotten the best reviews.

Editorial & opinion

Last Lap for Transportation Bill
New York Times- June 23, 2012
Congressional negotiators are racing to agree on a transportation bill before the current law expires on June 30. The choices before them are wildly different: a Senate bill that would invest $109 billion over two years on critical road, bridge and mass transit projects, and an ideologically driven, short-term House bill that is loaded with anti-environmental riders and would extend current financing for only three months, leaving future financing up in the air.

Can L.A. afford an indefinite tax for transit?
Los Angeles Times- June 22, 2012
Four years ago Los Angeles County voters approved Measure R, a half-cent sales tax increase whose proceeds pay for improvements to public transit and highways. The tax, which sunsets in 2039, has already resulted in about a dozen projects completed or under construction, including the second phase of the Expo Line light-rail link that will bring trains deep into the congested Westside for the first time since the death of the old Red Car network. But many local transit leaders don’t think the work is happening fast enough.