Smart Growth News – October 29, 2013

Commuting’s Hidden Cost
The New York Times – October 28, 2013
While there is still a long way to go before the majority of Americans live in communities that foster good health, more urban planners are now doing health-impact assessments and working closely with architects, with the aim of designing healthier communities less dependent on motorized vehicles for transportation.

Infrastructure: Where Bipartisanship Works
National Journal – October 28, 2013
If you want a lesson in bipartisanship, check out the transportation committees in both the House and the Senate over the last several years.

Reverse Commutes Now Often a Daily Slog, Too
NPR – October 29, 2013
Census figures show surging population growth along rail lines in Chicago, especially those leading to the suburbs.

Amtrak CEO to Lawmakers: “Stop Taking Northeast Corridor for Granted”
The Hill – October 28, 2013
“We must stop taking this vital infrastructure for granted and start investing in the future of the region and the nation.”


New State Loans for Brownfields Cleanups Tied to Job Creation
The Columbus Dispatch (OH) – October 28, 2013
“The name of the game is incentivizing developers to do something they’re reluctant to do.”

Iowa DOT Starts Process to Develop State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
Business Record (IA) – October 28, 2013
The plan is part of the department’s long-range strategy for multimodal transportation as outlined in the Iowa in Motion – Planning Ahead 2040 plan.

Cranford ‘Complete Streets’ Task Force Recognized at Rutgers Summit Meeting
NJ (dot) com – October 28, 2013
Investing in infrastructure for safe walking and biking in New Jersey’s numerous downtown communities could generate nearly half a billion dollars in economic activity each year — equivalent to hosting the 2014 Super Bowl every year.

City Prepares to Unleash Bill Fulton
Voice of San Diego – October 28, 2013
[The report] says the new planning department is the right place to focus on economic development and sustainability.

H-E-B Plans $100 Million Investment Around Downtown Store
MySanAntonio (dot) com (TX) – October 24, 2013
H-E-B has disclosed plans for a $100 million expansion of its headquarters, a move that would double its downtown workforce by 2030 and transform the area just north of the historic King William neighborhood.