Smart Growth News – October 30, 2013

Head of Mayors’ Group Disgusted by Shutdown
Politico – October 29, 2013
“Today, we recognize that where you build a road, and where you build a light rail should be driven by economic issues, it should be driven by housing concerns and what makes sense as these three come together.”


How to Fix Dallas: Cut the Noose of Interstate 345 and Let it Breathe
The Dallas Morning News – October 29, 2013
If Dallas can summon the will to implement them, it will be in a position to recast itself as a home to the kind of walkable, high-density urbanism that is driving city growth around the globe.

Americans’ Appetite for Amtrak Service Growing
The Des Moines Register – October 29, 2013
While politicians can’t agree on much, Iowans and the majority of Americans surely agree on one thing: They want more Amtrak service, not less.

Stanton: Transportation Projects Can’t Wait on Federal Aid
Arizona Newszap – Ocotber 29, 2013
“We can’t design a big project and then go to Washington and hope they’ll pick up 80 percent of the tab like maybe we did in the past.”

Despite Population Growth, Car Use Declining in Twin Cities
Minnpost (MN)- October 29, 2013
Larson typifies a trend that’s playing out in the Twin Cities metro area and across the country: He’s driving less and using public transportation more.

Additional Funding Totaling $1.46 Billion to be Awarded to New Jersey for Sandy Recovery
Press of Atlantic City (NJ) – October 28, 2013
“I think it’s clearly requiring (climate) adaptation planning for infrastructure,” said Chris Sturm, senior policy director at New Jersey Future. “We hope this is the first step in a broader recognition of the risks we need to face.”

Planning Lives Again at City Hall
U-T San Diego – October 29, 2013
“We will restore long-range community planning to its rightful place as an important component for city business,” Fulton said.

Land Bank Proposal Moves Forward in City Council
CBS Philly (PA) – October 29, 2013
City Council is moving ahead with a new way of dealing with the tens of thousands of vacant properties in the city.