Smart Growth News – November 13, 2013

Tool Calculates Housing, Transportation Costs
San Diego Source – November 12, 2013
“Housing and transportation are intimately linked,” Donovan said, adding that residents need to get to work, young people need to go to school and families need to access critical resources. And it’s “critical that families be able to budget accurately.”


Greater Cleveland RTA is Riding Wave of Momentum
Crain’s Cleveland Business – November 13, 2013
After years of declining ridership — the result of the recession and service cutbacks — ridership is up and RTA is looking to grow even more.

Rosenberg Develops With Smart Growth for Business and Culture
Your Houston News (TX) – November 12, 2013
“Rosenberg’s recent increase in development is the result of cooperative community efforts and regional partnerships to plan for future infrastructure needs and recruit new residents and businesses.”

Report Pushes for More Action on Brownfields
The Sacramento Business Journal – November 11, 2013
Participants also discussed what could be done with existing brownfields, which a Sacramento County study determined numbered in the hundreds.

Report: Regional Travel Down, Transit Ridership Up
Philly (dot) com – November 12, 2013
In Philadelphia, highway travel to and from Center City fell by 9.3 percent while regional rail ridership to Center City increased by more than 15 percent.

Safe Routes to School Receives 225,000 in MDOT Grant Money
The Dexter Leader (MI) – November 12, 2013
The improvements will particularly make it easier and safer for students to walk and bike safely to school, while doing the same for everyone within the community also.

Montclair Honored for Its Complete Streets
NorthJersey (dot) com – November 10, 2013
“There’s a whole host of reasons why making any place more pedestrian and bike friendly makes sense,” former Montclair Mayor Jerry Fried told The Times. “Health is one. Safety is another. Economic development is right up there.”