Smart Growth News – October 25, 2013

Focus on Housing Policy
The Hill – October 23, 2013
The Senate Banking Committee is trying to produce a bill by the end of the year that will incorporate a broad range of ideas that have been floated from lawmakers and housing industry leaders that will reduce the government’s role in the market.

Local

TDOT Offering New Fund for Local Transit Projects
The Times-Union (TN) – October 24, 2013
According to the department, projects eligible under the new Multimodal Access Fund include sidewalks, pedestrian crossing improvements, bus shelters, park-and-ride facilities and bicycle lanes.

Filner’s Incubator Lives On
Voice of San Diego – October 24, 2013
“The entire city should be an innovation city,” Fulton said. “We shouldn’t confine our efforts to one floor in City Hall.”

Smart Growth Summit Ponders Valley’s Future
The Morning Call (PA) – October 24, 2013
“Walkable, intergenerational communities is the new normal.”

Panel: Nashville Should Focus on Streetscapes, Mass Transit
The Tennessean – October 24, 2013
Nashville drew praise from an Urban Land Institute-funded panel for the quality of local infill developments, but the group also cited the need for more focus on streetscape improvements and transit and creating a broader vision for the city.

Dedham Square Renovation Enhances Safety, Curb Appeal
The Boston Globe – October 23, 2013
The town believes the project will be good for business in the long run, making the area safer for pedestrians, easier to navigate for motorists, and more inviting to outsiders.

Urban Rail Aims to Connect Target Areas of Growth
Community Impact Newspaper (TX) – October 24, 2013
Keahey said the reason for using centers in the planning process for urban rail is because these are the areas in which the city wants to concentrate growth with higher density and mixed-use development.

Candidates Emphasize Smart Growth
The Greenville Daily Reflector (NC) – October 24, 2013
In the most-contested race in this year’s Greenville municipal elections, candidates Michael Overton, James Woodley and Rick Croskery expressed a desire for well-planned growth in District 5 and in greater Greenville.

Driving is Down, Transit Use Up in Metro Area
StarTribune (MN) – October 24, 2013
The growth in transit use comes as new forms of transit came on line.

Woodbine Recognized as a Complete Streets Community
Cape May County Herald – October 23, 2013
The annual conference benchmarks and celebrates efforts by New Jersey’s state and local governments to improve the safety and attractiveness of our public roads for all users of all abilities.

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