Smart Growth News – May 14, 2013

Young Americans Lead Trend to Less Driving
New York Times – May 14, 2013
For six decades, Americans have tended to drive more every year. But in the middle of the last decade, the number of miles driven — both over all and per capita — began to drop, notes a report to be published on Tuesday by U.S. Pirg, a nonprofit advocacy organization.

Could L.A. Mayoral Candidate’s Smart Growth Advocacy Cost Him the Election?
Planetizen – May 14, 2013
As L.A.’s mayor race enters its final week, polls suggest the two candidates are essentially tied.

Complete Streets policy has full backing of GDOT commissioner
Saporta Report (GA) – May 14, 2013
State transportation Commissioner Keith Golden says his department is committed to the Complete Streets policy adopted by the board in September.

Obama Designates Day, Week for Transportation Recognition
Journal Of Commerce – May 14, 2013
President Obama has designated the third Friday in May of each year as National Defense Transportation Day, and the week during which that Friday falls as National Transportation Week, in an effort to recognize the importance of U.S. transportation infrastructure.

LaHood: “We’re Not Giving Up on High-Speed Rail” in California
Streetsblog – May 14, 2013
California Republicans from Fresno and Bakersfield put their foot down in a House hearing yesterday, rejecting the high-speed rail project whose initial segment would run between those two cities.

Does Every City Need A Chief Resilience Officer?
Atlantic Cities – May 14, 2013
The Rockefeller Foundation plans to fund positions in 100 cities worldwide.

Local News

Grow Smart to Honor Rumford Center
East Providence Patch (RI) – May 14, 2013
The Rumford, East Providence, project will be recognized on June 10 at the second annual RI Smart Growth Award presentation.

The uphill battle for complete streets
Your Houston News (TX) – May 14, 2013
For all it has going for it, Texas lags behind when it comes to the quality of its roads.

How NYSDOT Can Improve its Complete Streets Outreach
Mobilizing the Region (NY) – May 14, 2013
While the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is not required to lead the local implementation of the State’s Complete Streets Act, municipal leaders, advocates and engineers are looking to the agency for the tools required to plan and execute Complete Streets initiatives.

Kakaako Transit Oriented Development: Sky is the limit
KITV (HI) – May 13, 2013
The just-released parameters of Transit Oriented Development encourages very tall, slender towers–and lots of them in certain areas.

Don’t squander Tiverton Crossings’ potential
Herald News (MA) – May 14, 2013
A well-known New England developer with a good track record has proposed a major mixed-use development in Tiverton that could provide a much-needed economic shot in the arm to Tiverton, Fall River and the entire surrounding region.

In Historic Night, Falls Church Council OKs 2 Major Mixed Use Projects
Falls Church News Press (VA) – May 13, 2013
In a one-two punch marking an historic inflection point in the economic development of the City of Falls Church tonight, the F.C. City Council unanimously approved special exceptions for two major mixed use projects that will now move forward to transform the City’s downtown.