Smart Growth News- March 20, 2012


Obama urges House GOP to ‘follow the Senate’s lead’ on $109B highway bill
The Hill- March 19, 2012
The White House on Monday continued to pressure the House to accept the $109 billion transportation bill that was passed last week by the Senate, saying that President Obama was ready to sign the measure into law.

GOP paves way for states to retake road funding
Politico- March 19, 2012
Congress may be on the road to re-upping the transportation bill, but there’s still a cadre of lawmakers who say it’s not too late to get the federal government out of the road-building and gas tax business.

Housing Starts in U.S. Fell in February from Three-Year High
Bloomberg- March 20, 2012
Housing starts in the U.S. fell in February from a three-year high, showing the recovery in the residential real estate market will take time to develop.

Ezra Klein: Living large in the big city
The Washington Post- March 12, 2012
The basic driver of remarkable economic growth in China — and India, Vietnam, Thailand, Brazil and pretty much every other developing country — is pretty simple: migration of people from rural areas, where they’re not very productive, to dense cities, where they are very productive. This is a tried-and-true strategy for making people and countries richer. But it’s not just for developing countries.

The U.S. Cities With the Fastest Growing Job Markets
The Atlantic Cities- March 19, 2012
Austin and San Jose led the United States in job growth last year, according to an analysis of the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics by Aaron Renn, who blogs as The Urbanophile. Houston, Charlotte, and Nashville round out the top five. And both hard-hit Detroit and Pittsburgh make the top 10, along with Salt Lake City, Dallas, and Raleigh.


Downtown attracts new tenants, keeps others
Dayton Daily News- March 19, 2012
Several businesses and organizations are announcing plans to move downtown, have already moved there or are renewing leases.

FEATURE-Stockton, California: The town the housing boom broke
Reuters- March 19, 2012
For decades, Stockton, California suffered a civic inferiority complex. Los Angeles had celebrities and sunny beaches. San Francisco was awash in tech futurism and post-pubescent billionaires. Stockton was the polyester, buy-generic cousin, a dingy commercial hub for Central Valley farms that was just far enough from the San Francisco Bay area to be an irrelevance for the state’s coastal elites.

GM’s Media-Buying Firm Expected to Bring 200 Jobs to Detroit
Hispanic Business- March 19, 2012
General Motors’ new media-buying company is expected to bring an estimated 200 new jobs to downtown Detroit. Carat, which is owned by the London-headquartered Aegis Group, is opening an office on the 23rd floor of One Detroit Center.

Planners aiming to cluster trails March 18, 2012
A regional planning agency is working to expand networks of pedestrian and bike trails in 13 Greater Boston communities, including Dedham, Westwood, and Quincy, to encourage more people to travel via two legs or two wheels.

City considers how to grow March 17, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. — City Manager Jon Ruiz said the goal in planning for the future of Eugene is to allow residents to work, play, go to school, and live within 20 minutes of their home by bike or by foot. Ruiz said he’s taken in an enormous amount of input and interviews, and boiled it down to recommendations for how Eugene should grow.