Smart Growth News – November 8, 2013

Urban Politics Shift With Fresh Voices Elected Mayor in America’s Largest Cities
PBS Newshour – November 6, 2013
“[Cities and metros] are the vanguard of policy innovation and this corporate-civic-public partnership that is really powering places forward.”

Bill Shuster Takes on the Tea Party Storm
Politico – November 7, 2013
“User fees are what most conservatives believe in: If you use something, you pay for it,” he said. “That’s the fairest way to collect a fee or tax on someone.”


Zimmerman Retiring from County Board
ARLnow (VA) – November 6, 2013
“Today I feel great satisfaction for what we have achieved,” he said. “Arlington is looked upon with admiration in our region and beyond.”

Cleanups Aim for Jobs
The Columbus Dispatch (OH) – November 6, 2013
Cleaning up brownfields has clear benefits: it removes environmental hazards and allows abandoned eyesores to be transformed into new infill projects in urban areas.

Legislature Should Adopt Bi-partisan Transportation Package Now
Kirkland Reporter (WA) – November 7, 2013
Our region is poised for continued economic recovery and growth, but that growth will be threatened if we do not invest, now, in livable and connected communities across the state.

Smart Growth Summit: Why You Should Care
225 Baton Rouge (LA) – November 7, 2013
In a city and state that seem perpetually on the verge of something big, the Louisiana Smart Growth Summit gets people talking about how to do it the right way.

Mass Transit Supporters Rally Today at Indiana Statehouse
IndyStar (IN) – November 7, 2013
About 50 business leaders, community advocates and clergy members rallied today at the Statehouse to urge the Indiana General Assembly to move forward with plans to fund an expansion of mass transit in Central Indiana.

Regional Trail Network Taking Shape
The Philadelphia Inquirer – November 8, 2013
Philadelphia and its suburbs are slowly making good on an ambitious plan to build a 750-mile network of biking and walking paths throughout the region.

Urban Sprawl is on the Way for South Lake
The Orlando Sentinel – November 8, 2013
The true motive was revealed when the plan went to commissioners recently: It’s just another way to build homes for 44,000 new residents while getting the people who live here today to pay the cost.