Smart growth news- June 27, 2012

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Home Prices in U.S. Cities Fall at Slowest Pace Since ’10
Bloomberg- June 26, 2012
Residential real estate prices fell in April at the slowest pace in more than a year, adding to signs the U.S. housing market was firming.

Leaders say Congress close to deal on student loans and transportation bills
The Hill- June 26, 2012
Congressional leaders on Tuesday moved closer to passing two high-profile bills in what could be the final burst of major legislative activity before the 2012 elections.

1,000 Days With No Transpo Bill. How Much Longer Will the Wait Last?
DC Streetsblog- June 26, 2012
Conference negotiations are continuing, Congressional staffers are getting no sleep, legislators could even lose their weekend if they don’t get this transportation bill done. Politico noted this morning a key fact that seems to be flying under the radar: the deadline isn’t really Saturday. It’s actually today, if House members are to have the requisite three days to read the bill. (The GOP made a big deal over not having enough time to read long and complicated bills while the Dems were in charge.)

Tech Boom Hits San Francisco Rental Prices
The Wall Street Journal- June 26, 2012
The latest technology boom is helping to stem a decadelong exodus of residents from San Francisco, but the influx of well-paid workers is driving up already-high housing costs and straining public resources

On City’s Stoops, a Familiar Shelter Is Losing Its Appeal
The New York Times- June 25, 2012
When Joseph Vance closed on his mid-19th-century wood-frame house in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, two summers ago, he knew exactly how he wanted to celebrate. But he did not reach for a bottle of Champagne or saunter off to a fancy restaurant. Instead, he got his toolbox and spent the rest of the day attacking a dreary, brown accessory that hung over his new front door: A stout aluminum awning.

The Suburban Ripple Effect of Sustainable Cities
The Atlantic Cities- June 27, 2012
Last year, the town of Chelsea, Massachusetts, a Boston suburb of about 40,000 people, was looking to spend some of its federal stimulus money on a pretty big procurement for a community of its size: 60 LED streetlights. The technology, while widely used now in home and office buildings, has yet to appear (and save energy) on many city streets, and Chelsea was planning a pilot project.

Coalition Members in the news

First-Ever Book Club Launches for King County Bus Riders
Enumclaw Patch (WA)- June 26, 2012
Transportation Choices Coalition, King County Metro, and partners Richard Hugo House, King County Library System, and Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association on Monday launched Books on the Bus, a community-wide book club for bus riders.

Local news

District Exploring a Semi-Privatized Streetcar, Bus System
Washington City Paper- June 26, 2012
Well, this could be a way to build a massive infrastructure project without busting the city’s budget: The District Department of Transportation is asking for ideas on how to bring in private capital for a 22-mile chunk of the original 37-mile streetcar system, and build it over the next five to seven years.

Scottsdale sticking to buses over light rail
The Republic (AZ)- June 26, 2012
Scottsdale is moving ahead with plans for bus rapid transit on Scottsdale Road as community leaders say there is no consensus on extending light rail into the city.

Downtown morphing on the residential front
Las Vegas Review-Journal- June 26, 2012
Downtown Las Vegas businesses are booming from the Fremont East Entertainment District to the 18b Arts District and beyond. Restaurants, entertainment venues, remodeled hotels, grocery stores and residential buildings are among the area’s newest developments, with more of these property types in the works.

Troy City Hall, other tenants, moving into Hedley building downtown
The Business Review (NY)- June 26, 2012
Kevin Bette is having some success filling the empty space at the Hedley office building in downtown Troy, New York, as the last of the state employees are moved out this week.

Drew Company breaks ground on Innovation District development
The Boston Globe- June 26, 2012
The South Boston Waterfront, once a barren landscape of parking lots and decaying industry, is being reborn as the Innovation District and one of the city’s hottest neighborhoods. The reminders of that evolution grew again Tuesday afternoon as city officials and developers broke ground on The Drew Company’s new Waterside Place development.