Smart Growth News – October 31, 2013

Club for Growth Presses Republicans to Block Housing Nominee
Reuters – October 29, 2013
Obama nominated the North Carolina Democrat to head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency on May 1, but the nomination has stalled due to Republican resistance.

Aging in Place Becoming the New Norm
The Dallas Morning News – October 30, 2013
We need to make suburbs more livable for adults who don’t drive, rebuild a sense of community, and find ways to reduce social isolation.


Houston’s Trick-or-Treat Test
The Houston Chronicle – October 30, 2013
Walkable neighborhoods don’t have to mean multi-use mid-rises.

Phoenix Area to Get Regional Bikeshare Next Spring
WNYC – October 30, 2013
“If our region is going to compete globally,” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said in a statement, “we need Grid to help attract those high-wage employers and bright, educated young workers who want livable cities and multiple transit options.”

Complete Street Policies Benefit Community
Journal Review (IN) – October 31, 2013
As Crawfordsville and Montgomery County officials plan for new and improvements on existing streets and sidewalks, consideration of Complete Street policies can be of benefit to all members of our community.

Idaho Smart Growth to Recognize 2013 Award Recipients Nov. 7
Idaho Business Review – October 29, 2013
Nominated projects met criteria that included providing more transportation, housing and mixed-use options, making communities more walkable and promoting responsible development.

South Coast Rail Project Discussed at Selectmen’s Meeting
Easton Patch (MA) – October 30, 2013
MassDOT and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers identified the Stoughton rail alternative last month as the best route for “transportation, environmental, and smart growth benefits.”

Experts Talk Solutions, Effects at Monmouth Panel
The Asbury Park Press (NJ) – October 30, 2013
Members of New Jersey Future, New Jersey Recovery Fund, Union of Concerned Scientists, Monmouth University and more shared insights on the storm’s emotional havoc and economic impact — specifically sea-level rise and individual town needs to plan for future natural disasters.

Former Grad Student’s Proposed Transit Map Goes Viral
The Pittsburgh City Paper – October 30, 2013
“Everybody knows that the biggest problem with Pittsburgh nowadays is its infrastructure and public-transit system. It went viral because it speaks to the core of what the city needs.”