Suburban growth in Twin Cities loses steam. It could be gone for good.
TwinCities.com (Pioneer Press), 4/4/11
Maybe sprawl wasn’t such a great idea after all.
In what is believed to be a turning point in American history, new figures from the U.S. Census indicate that suburban sprawl might be coming to an end.
For the first time in more than 60 years, the growth rate of Minnesota’s suburbs has plummeted, with some actually losing population.
Senate approves transit cuts
Twin Cities Star-Tribune, 4/4/11
Moving to cut Metro Transit costs, the Minnesota Senate on Monday passed a transportation spending bill that opponents warned will lead to service cuts or fare increases.
The measure, approved 38-25, reduces spending on Twin Cities bus and rail operations by $32 million over two years
Texas House approves 2-year budget
Business Week, 4/4/11
The budget underfunds schools by almost $8 billion less than state law requires be spent. Medicaid is underfunded by more than $4 billion.
It makes cuts to highways, prisons, state parks and dozens of other programs.
NAR Study Finds Americans Prefer Smart Growth Communities
Americans favor walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods, with 56 percent of respondents preferring smart growth neighborhoods over neighborhoods that require more driving between home, work and recreation. That’s according to a recent study, the Community Preference Survey, by the National Association of REALTORS®.
In the Budget Debate, Scarcely a Mention of the Word “Transportation”
But when voters list their top concerns, transportation is not what they think of. “I think jobs, spending and the economy are at the forefront of people concern’s today,” says Alex Goldschmidt of Smart Growth America, “and transportation just hasn’t been linked closely enough with those issues in the past. That’s too bad because creating transportation options addresses all those concerns.”
Tuesday Profile: Mr. Smart Growth
The Hill, 4/5/11
Glendening, a Democrat, is president of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute, a Washington-based group that encourages elected leaders to create “walkable communities” organized around public transportation and environmental preservation.
It’s fitting that Glendening is at the helm of the group, as he is widely credited with coining the term that now defines its mission.