Smart Growth News – November 18, 2013

Coble Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Bicycle Safety & Pedestrian Safety Act
Burlington News-Times (VT) – November 15, 2013
The legislation encourages states to make roadways safer without diverting funds from other safety needs. States could set their own safety targets and choose the best methods to meet them.

Think Local First DC to Host Shop Local Week
The Washington Informer (DC) – November 11, 2013
In conjunction with Smart Growth America’s “Production in the City,” Think Local First will also host a pop-up event – “Made in D.C. Marketplace” – on Thursday, Dec. 5 at at the new IdeaSpace building at the Washington Navy Yard.


Waterloo Touts Benefits of Brownfields Program
WCF Courier (IA) – November 17, 2013
“It’s a great economic development tool for us,” said Chris Western, a city planner and brownfields coordinator. “We are assessing sites left and right now.”

Lawmakers Face Decision on Transportation Spending
The Williamsport Sun-Gazette (PA) – November 17, 2013
Both plans would establish a new “multi-modal” fund, eventually reaching $144 million, to fund rail freight, Amtrak, ports, pedestrian and bicycle projects, and other needs that fall outside roads, bridges or mass transit.

Smart Growth Summit Marks 8th Year
The Advocate (LA) – November 17, 2013
More than 800 people are expected to attend the three-day event, which will largely be held in the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge.

How Can Sarasota Change to Fit New Models of Aging?
Herald-Tribune (FL) – November 15, 2013
Baby boomers’ desire and need to remain engaged in their communities, he said, “is going to create different kinds of places.”

Richmond Lands $400,000 in EPA Grants
RichmondBizSense (VA) – November 15, 2013
The awards, which are used to survey sites with a risk of past contamination for future development, have previously funded studies for the Main Street Station, the Hippodrome and the Canyon Creek Greenway in Richmond.

Next Round of Sandy Aid Includes Requirement for Climate Change Considerations
Press of Atlantic City (NJ) – November 15, 2013
“We’re very excited by (the requirements),” said Peter Kasabach, executive director of New Jersey Future.