Smart growth news- June 8, 2012

Top Stories

Boehner floats 6-month US transport funding extension
Reuters- June 7, 2012
Signaling that hopes for a deal on a transportation construction bill may be fading, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday floated the idea of a six-month extension of current funding to push the issue past the November elections.

Affordable Housing Back in Play
New York Times- June 7, 2012
After a long recessionary torpor, an incentive program intended to help communities create affordable housing appears to be on the verge of revival.

Welcome to the Sunbust
Next American City- June 2012
In this story, journalist Thomas Wheatley asks what’s next for Atlanta and other Sun Belt cities grappling with similar post-boom fates. Wheatley provides thoughtful analysis of the polices and projects driving recovery in Atlanta and across the region, paying close attention to the smart growth trends reshaping the nation’s sprawl capital.

Report: Transit Fares High and Rising? Blame Bailed-Out Banks
Transportation Nation- June 7, 2012
A transit union says in a report that one cause of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s recent fare hikes and service cuts has been hiding in plain sight: financial arrangements called interest rate swaps. Those are deals the authority made with banks on 10 percent of its $33 billion of debt —deals that have gone against the authority and in favor of the banks.

Coalition members in the news

Street Safety Workshop encourages citizens to stay mobile & healthy (ID)- June 7, 2012
Lewiston residents packed the house at a street safety workshop with the City’s Transportation Advisory Commission and staff.

Joe Merrill of Brunswick Elected to GrowSmart Maine Board
The Valley Voice (ME)- June 7, 2012
GrowSmart Maine is pleased to announce that Joe Merrill of Brunswick has been elected to the GrowSmart Maine Board of Directors and will serve as Treasurer.

Coastal Best Practices Manual released
Bayou Buzz (LA)- June 7, 2012
Communities across Louisiana now have access to strategies and development standards that can be used to reduce risk of flooding and protect land.

Framingham, Hudson and Marlborough kick off ‘MetroWest Moves’
Framingham Patch (MA)- June 8, 2012
Leaders of the Framingham, Hudson and Marlborough Mass in Motion program, collectively known as MetroWest Moves, hosted a kickoff event Thursday with keynote speaker Mark Fenton, former host of the “America’s Walking”

Local News

Miami Beach Striving to be Among Top 10 Best Cities for Public Transportation
Huffington Post- June 7, 2012
A sunny paradise, Miami Beach has a lot in common with other cities people love to live in and visit. The lovely beaches and inviting water, the great shopping and exciting nightlife, and the stimulating cultural and other attractions bring roughly 5.5 million visitors into the city each year, in addition to the nearly 88,000 who live here, putting a lot of pressure on parking and transportation systems.

Will Stewart covers smart growth & prosperity in Manchester
Livable MHT- June 7, 2012
Boasting the Millyard and an accessible downtown, Manchester has a beautiful built environment that most cities would love to have. The city’s challenge now and in coming years, said Smart Growth America Vice President for Policy and Programs William Fulton, is how to best take advantage of our built environment and other assets.

41-story condo tower ready to start in downtown Seattle
The Seattle Times (WA)- June 7, 2012
In what one real-estate analyst labeled “an extraordinarily bold move,” Bosa Development will break ground next week on the first phase of a project in Seattle’s Denny Triangle that was approved in 2007 but went into hibernation when the real-estate crisis hit.

Queen City of stairs June 6, 2012
Cincinnati has had many nicknames through time – Porkopolis, the Queen City, Blue Chip City, even a recent attempt to call it the City That Sings. But here’s a proposal for one that not only fits, but also would be profoundly healthy: The Big StairMaster.

Editorial & Opinion

North Carolina and California: Divergent Approaches for Dealing with Sea Level Rise
NRDC Blog- June 8, 2012
As you may have heard (or even seen) by now, North Carolina legislators are circulating a bill that would require the NC Division of Coastal Management to only use historic rates of sea level rise to project future changes in sea level, ignoring the reality of accelerated sea level rise rates caused by melting glaciers and expansion of the oceans due to global warming.