Smart Growth News – October 28, 2013

Amtrak Supporters Hopeful They Can Win Fight With Congress
The Hill – October 25, 2013
It’s been five years since Congress passed legislation to authorize Amtrak funding, and it’s considered a tougher lift than the water bill.

Tax Breaks for Housing Reform Look Safe This Year Despite Reform Efforts in Congress
The Washington Post – October 25, 2013
At the bottom line, so the theory goes, the country would get a much simpler system with lower tax rates on incomes but far fewer tax preferences that favor one group of citizens over another — one of the main critiques of current housing tax breaks.

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Two Groups Criticize Chafee on RI State House Parking, Transit Support
The Providence Journal – October 25, 2013
Grow Smart Rhode Island and the Capital Center Commission, accused Governor Chafee of breaking the law by expanding a parking lot on the State House lawn.

Affordable Housing is Boon to Economy
The Tennessean – October 26, 2013
America’s main tool for creating affordable housing and the only significant source of new affordable-housing supply, the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (housing credit), is under threat of federal tax reform.

It’s Time to Roll on Transit in Wake County
News-Observer (NC)- October 26, 2013
While the county commissioners delay, residents and some businesses are pushing for bold steps on transit. WakeUP Wake County, the Triangle chapter of Advancing Women in Transportation and Capital Area Friends of Transit are hosting “A community summit on transit” in Raleigh.

Metro-North Woes Showcase Infrastructure Investment Needs
ctpost (dot) com (CT) – October 25, 2013
Taken together, the growing number of accidents and service interruptions focus significant attention on the nation’s deteriorated infrastructure and the need to begin a comprehensive program of upgrades.

PART to Begin New Shuttle Service on Monday
Winston-Salem Journal (NC) – October 25, 2013
The Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation on Monday will begin its new shuttle service from Kernersville to the PART hub in Greensboro and the Campbell Transportation Center in downtown Winston-Salem.

Lehigh Valley Introduced to ‘New Urbanism’ Concept
The Lehigh Valley Examiner (PA) – October 25, 2013
The outlook will be used by developers and city officials to help shape the communities and neighborhoods are designed.

“Brownfields” Fund Needs Backing to Keep Up Its Good Track Record
The Boston Globe – October 27, 2013
MassDevelopment has seen a growing need for the fund to return sites to productive use. We hope the Legislature will recapitalize it soon.

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