Smart Growth News – November 7, 2013

Chris Zimmerman to Quit Arlington County Board; Special Election to be Set in Spring
The Washington Post – November 6, 2013
He said he was resigning to take a position as a vice president of Smart Growth America, a District-based nonprofit organization that defines itself as a national coalition of advocacy groups working to promote walkable neighborhoods near public transit.

Chris Zimmerman to Step Down from Arlington Board
Washington Business Journal – November 6, 2013
“Arlington, Va. is one of the best examples of smart growth development in the country,” said Geoff Anderson.

For Older Citizens, Lack of Transportation a Daily Struggle
Portland Press Herald (ME) – November 6, 2013
While funding for transportation programs targeting seniors and disabled adults has increased, budget cuts have reduced the department’s ability to coordinate multi-agency programs.

The Love Affair is Over
The Columbia Journalism Review – November 1, 2013
America’s relationship with the automobile is changing. The transportation beat has to catch up.

Amtrak Taps New CFO
The Hill – November 6, 2013
Amtrak has tapped a new chief financial officer as the rail company prepares for a fight in Congress in increasing its funding.


Is Fresno’s Next Big Development Excellence or Sprawl?
The Fresno Bee – November 5, 2013
The Fresno County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously endorsed a “sustainable communities” growth strategy that, among other things, authorizes major new developments in the Friant/Millerton Lake area north of Fresno.

Maryland Gets Approval to Seek Public-private Partnership to Build, Operate Purple Line
The Washington Post – November 6, 2013
If a deal is approved in late 2014, it would become one of the broadest public-private partnerships of any U.S. transit project and the first for a Maryland transit line.

Office Space is Spreading Out, So Traffic Will Too
The Houston Chronicle – November 6, 2013
If office space in the Houston suburbs happens at two times the pace of already clogged areas, we’re not really reducing anything in terms of traffic. We’re just moving it somewhere else.

Wichita Hopes to Spruce Up Downtown Walkway Popular with Pigeons
The Wichita Eagle (KS) – November 6, 2013
Improving the walkway under the bridge is critical to the foundation of Project Downtown, the city’s master plan for downtown revitalization. It envisions pedestrians walking all over downtown, visiting shops, eating at restaurants, attending Intrust Bank Arena events.