Smart Growth News – November 25, 2013

Driving the Economy Forward with Infrastructure Investment
The Washington Post – November 21, 2013
My bill would create an American Infrastructure Fund (AIF), a large-scale financing capability that could act like a bond insurer or bank for state and local governments to build transportation, energy, water, communication and educational infrastructure.


Low-Wage Workers Need Transit Options
Star-Tribune (MN) – November 24, 2013
Among the findings are that transitways significantly improve mobility and that development is occurring among new and emerging transit corridors.

Creating a Sense of Community with Smart Growth
The Worcester Telegram(MA) – November 24, 2013
The style of development planned for Grant Road — compact homes in a walkable layout — follows a national trend in home construction that is occurring as both baby boomers and millenials look for new homes, according to André Leroux, executive director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance.

Birmingham Tackles Complete Streets
Observer & Eccentric (MI) – November 21, 2013
The city has a MultiModal Transportation plan that’s going before the Birmingham City Commission for approval on Monday. It considers improvements such as improved crosswalks, traffic islands, bike lanes and other features meant to create a more walkable community.

Long, Strange Trip for Road Bill
The Philadelphia Inquirer – November 24, 2013
The [Pennsylvania] bill includes trailblazing funding for bike and pedestrian projects and street improvements, such as safer routes to schools.

Waterloo Set to Vote on Fate of Brownfield Sites
The Waterloo Record (IA) – November 23, 2013
“There’s been some news that hasn’t been positive in our community and programs like this help give people added incentives to continue creating jobs.”

Part of Truck-heavy Terminal Island Freeway Could Become a Park
The Los Angeles Times – November 19, 2013
“The original sin of this whole area is bad land use planning,” he said. “If we are able to re-envision this freeway … [and create] a buffer for neighborhoods, that’s a huge win.”