Smart Growth News – September 3, 2013

Republican Defends Housing Tax Credit
The Columbus Dispatch (OH) – September 1, 2013
Republican U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi warned housing advocates last week that the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit they cherish might be on the chopping block during upcoming budget talks, and they should concentrate on changing the minds of one particular group: Republicans.

“The Missing Metric”
Bacon’s Rebellion (VA) – September 2, 2013
He goes on to suggest that local governments adopt what he terms “the missing metric” — the number of years it takes to pay back a public investment in roads, utilities and public service infrastructure — as a tool for determining the kind of growth a community wants to encourage.

Could Transportation Policy Transform Affordable Housing?
Rooflines – August 28, 2013
The new federal policy is one that, for the first time, provides tangible financial incentives for local communities to preserve affordable housing near planned transit stations and ensure that any new development in these areas includes housing affordable to low- and moderate-income households.

The American Bike-Share Fleet has Doubled Since January
Streetsblog DC – August 30, 2013
By the end of next year, Larsen anticipates the number of shared bikes available to the American public will have doubled again.

Local

Bill Fulton: City Makeover-in-chief
U-T San Diego – September 2, 2013
“So the future growth and prosperity and sustainability of the city depend on effectively planning existing neighborhoods. That’s a challenge that most American cities now face for the first time ever.”

Transit-Oriented Development
The New York Times – September 2, 2013
But to pay for the compassion as well as the public services that have helped propel New York back to its position as a global leader, the city needs the tax revenue that only new development brings. Just make sure new development is close to public transportation.

Makers Quarter Neighborhood Targets Millennials
The San Diego Daily Transcript – August 28, 2013
“It’s a whole generation paradigm shift that’s under way. Millennials are driving this. (It’s) a reaction to so many years of mass development that didn’t always have a ton of character.”

How SJCOG will Transform Growth and Development in Stockton
Stockton City Limits (CA) – August 28, 2013
The final SCS will more than likely place a greater emphasis on transportation projects within existing cities, which would then encourage construction in downtown areas with easy access to various transportation options.

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