Smart Growth News – November 30, 2012

Today’s stories:

Michigan Transit Authority Legislation Clears State Senate, Moves To House

Huffington Post – November 29, 2012
Public transportation advocates are turning up the heat on lobbying efforts after the state Senate approved a bundle of legislation that would create Southeast Michigan’s first Regional Transit Authority (RTA) in history.

Shuster Won’t Rule Out Raising Gasoline Tax for Roads

Business Week – November 28, 2012
Increasing the U.S. gasoline tax and instituting a levy based on miles driven should be options to pay for highway spending as cars become more fuel efficient, said Representative Bill Shuster, who will be the top House member overseeing federal transportation policy.

Smart Growth Summit tips for Baton Rouge include public transit, economic development ideas

NOLA News – November 28, 2012
Experts from across the country came to Baton Rouge over the last few days to discuss better strategies for community planning at the Louisiana Smart Growth Summit. At the end of the three-day event Wednesday, attendees said a few concepts stood out as particularly relevant to Baton Rouge.

Recount for Alameda County transportation sales tax increase

San Jose Mercury News (CA) – November 29, 2012
A recount of votes will be done on an Alameda County transportation sales tax measure that narrowly lost at the polls. Measure B1 would have raised an existing half-cent transportation sales tax to a full cent and raised nearly $8 billion over three decades for roads, freeways and public transit.

BMHA eyes completion of Kensington Heights project

Buffalo News (NY) – November 28, 2012
The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority will begin negotiating a $3.5 million construction loan from M&T Bank to continue remediation and demolition plans over the winter at Kensington Heights, this time in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.

Cities With Denser Cores Do Better

The Atlantic Cities – November 28, 2012
Do cities with more concentrated density — where people and economic activity are concentrated and spiky near the center — see even better economic performance?

Only three major US cities see economic recovery-study

Reuters – November 30, 2012
Retailers moving into old downtown buildings, an abundance of freshly planted greenspaces, and a stream of new jobs in Knoxville, Tennessee, are all signs to Mayor Madeline Rogero that for the last year prosperity has been blooming in her city.

Corbett considering lifting cap on fuel tax to fix roads

Pittsburg Post-Gazette (PA) – November 30, 2012
As he prepares a funding plan for repairs to Pennsylvania’s roads and bridges, Gov. Tom Corbett gave a pre-emptive defense of a recommendation — lifting a cap on a tax paid by fuel distributors — that he acknowledged would be seen by some as violating his pledge against raising taxes.

Divisadero neighborhood gets approval

San Francisco Chronicle (CA) – November 29, 2012
The Divisadero neighborhood got preliminary approval to join the growing list of the city’s named commercial districts, giving local retailers a boost and a bigger say in their area’s development.