Smart Growth News – November 27, 2012

Today’s stories:

D.C. implementing parking rules to limit visitor spots, discourage driving
Washington Post – November 24, 2012
District officials are reserving thousands of on-street parking spaces for residents on weekdays in the city’s most crowded neighborhoods, part of an aggressive effort to limit spots for visitors. The restrictions are a slice of a city strategy to promote bicycling and mass transit while increasing the odds that residents can find parking.

Allure of Brickell, downtown Miami drives up rental rates
The Miami Herald (FL) – November 23, 2012
Rents are rising in Miami, especially in the sizzling Brickell/downtown areas where vacant units are snapped up quickly amid strong demand for the urban lifestyle and amenities.

St. Louis TIF case could have big implications beyond McKee’s NorthSide plan
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) – November 26, 2012
The Missouri Supreme Court will consider developer Paul McKee’s massive NorthSide Regeneration plan this week, and people far beyond north St. Louis will be watching closely to see how it rules.

Smart Growth Summit speaker: Baton Rouge needs to plan for young people
The Times Picayune (LA) – November 26, 2012
Mitchell Silver, president of the American Planning Association and chief planner in Raleigh, N.C., said in a keynote address that regionalization and building the exciting, more urban communities that young people want to live in are key to communities’ future economic growth.

After Storm, Dry Floors Prove Value of Exceeding City Code
The New York Times – November 23, 2012
As city officials and real estate developers ponder a landscape of devastation from the South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan to the Rockaways in Queens to Midland Beach on Staten Island, new flood protections for all building types suddenly seem inevitable, whether voluntary or mandated by new laws.

Bike commuters power though the winter cold
The Washington Post – November 24, 2012
The proliferation of new bike lanes and trails in the District and surrounding counties has encouraged commuting by bicycle and won the city a rating as one of the nation’s most bike-friendly places. Nationwide, the overall number of bike trips has increased by more than 60 percent in the past two decades, and more than half of cyclists reportedly are using bikes for transportation rather than recreation.

Walker downplays thoughts of gas tax, toll roads
AP via San Francisco Chronicle (CA) – November 26, 2012
Gov. Scott Walker is downplaying the possibility of a gas tax increase or the use of toll roads to pay for transportation projects in Wisconsin.

Scranton commuter tax showdown on tap
The Times-Tribune (PA) – November 22, 2012
Whether Scranton gets a commuter tax next year will hinge on whether a panel of judges believes the city has tapped out its own residents and now has no recourse but to tax nonresidents working in the city.

Amtrak begins 110 mph service on part of Chicago to St. Louis route
The Hill – November 26, 2012
Amtrak has begun running trains at 110 miles per hour on part of its Chicago-to-St. Louis route, the company announced Monday. The Midwest trains will hit the new top speed on a 15-mile stretch of Amtrak tracks between Dwight and Pontiac, Ill., as part of the company’s Lincoln service.