Smart growth news – November 10

New England Chauvinism: Another Liberal Heresy From Mitt Romney’s Past
The New Republic, November 9, 2011
The past decade has seen the spread of a faith concentrated in the country’s more progressive-minded cities: the religion of smart growth…Less well known is that, as governor of Massachusetts, he was a smart-growth acolyte. He hinted at this predilection during the campaign in 2002. “Smart growth, or purposeful planning, is a concept that will be in the governor’s office if I’m elected,” he said.

Ginnie Mae Passing Freddie Mac as Second-Biggest Mortgage Funder
Business Week, November 9, 2011
For most of their existence, the government-sponsored mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been the nation’s largest backers of residential home loans. Now a distant cousin is challenging their reign.

Federal aid coming to cities to help boost smart growth in cities north of Boston
Boston Globe, November 10, 2011
The consortium’s goal is to advance equity and sustainability – principles embraced by the smart growth movement, which underscores the importance of concentrating growth in pedestrian-friendly areas with a mix of residential and commercial development. “There’s a way to grow smart in every community, whether that community is urban, suburban, or rural,’’ said Draisen. “These grants will help communities tackle a range of challenges head-on.’’

12 ‘priority projects’ receive designation to seek state funds
The Buffalo News (N.Y.), November 10, 2011
Three other projects are focused on what Zemsky described as “smart growth” initiatives.

Officials not suggesting new try on car-tab fee
Seattle Times, November 9, 2011
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn on Wednesday rejected suggestions that the resounding defeat of the $60 car-tab measure was a repudiation of his walk-bike-ride transportation priorities.

Brown’s reform could reshape Downtown
The Financial News & Daily Record (Fla.), November 9, 2011
Bringing residents Downtown is part of the equation, he said. He said the strongest candidates to live Downtown are those that already work Downtown. He said the 50,000 daytime employees could generate 5,000 Downtown residents, given an assumed 10 percent probability rate.

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Opinion: Time for N.J. to stop growing out, start growing up
The Record (N.J.), November 9, 2011
What if, instead of having to drive everywhere, we could live in towns or cities where there are multiple transportation options and neighborhoods are within walking distance of services and transit access? Nearly three in four New Jerseyans say they would definitely (46 percent) or probably (27 percent) live in a place where they could walk to shops or jobs that offered a variety of transportation choices. And 66 percent of residents feel the state needs more of these kinds of communities.