Smart growth news – July 6, 2011

Grant promotes Somerville smart growth
Boston Globe, July 5, 2011
Community Corridor Planning, a coalition of Somerville community organizations, has received approximately $220,000 over two years from the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance to promote strong neighborhoods around mass transit expansion. The alliance announced the award at a June 23 conference.

House GOP expected to ax transportation funds
The Washington Post, July 5, 2011
The next flash point in the debate over the nation’s will to live within its means may emerge this week as House Republicans present a long-term transportation bill expected to cut funding for highways and mass transit by almost one third.

Tide will guide Norfolk’s growth
The Virginian-Pilot (Va.), July 6, 2011
The trains have begun rolling through downtown Norfolk. The Tide, finally, is coming in. If all goes according to plan, light rail will begin transporting people next month on a route from Newtown Road to Norfolk’s medical complex.

Newburgh organizing land bank to take over empty buildings
Times Herald-Record (N.Y.), July 5, 2011
Newburgh is far from the only city trying to reclaim neighborhoods of empty buildings. Upstate legislators have pushed a bill to create land banks modeled after the planning tool used in famously empty cities, such as Flint, Mich. The bill cites the vacant neighborhoods of Buffalo as its justification but could just as easily list former industrial cities throughout the state. Newburgh has already begun to organize its own version of a land bank.