Smart Growth News- March 5, 2012

National

Are Millennials Destined to Be a Generation of Renters?
Forbes- March 1, 2012

My parents have always been homeowners. In 31 years, my family moved nine times and lived in seven different houses. My childhood was filled with playing tag in our backyard, climbing stair banisters, and fighting with my brothers over whose turn it was to check the mailbox.

U.S. risks persist, China in good stead so far: IMF
Reuters- March 2, 2012

(Reuters) – A renewed drop in housing prices could thwart the U.S. economic recovery in the short term while Washington’s lack of a “credible, comprehensive” fiscal plan poses a major medium-term risk, a top IMF official said.

GOP tries to revive highway bill
Politico- March 2, 2012

House Republicans are meeting in a “special” session Wednesday to discuss how to move forward on Speaker John Boehner’s highway bill — the centerpiece of his jobs agenda, which has floundered in recent days.

As pump prices soar, more drivers opt for public transit
UT San Diego- March 2, 2012

The evidence is still pretty anecdotal but soaring gas prices seem to be doing what they always do: Driving some commuters to public transit

Gas prices force cash-strapped cities to get creative
Christian Science Monitor- March 4, 2012

How do cities stay on budget amid rising gas prices? No idling cop cars, shorter library times, and new garbage routes. But it’s a delicate balancing act that could get tougher.

RACE: All top cities have urban design plans
Indianapolis Business Journal- March 3, 2012

Monument Circle on a winter’s night can be magical. The Circle has the social and economic gravity to be the symbolic center of Indiana. The Circle is our collective central place, our commons. As an economic developer, I would certainly bring a prospective business transplant there.

U-M urban planning program and USGBC provide findings on anticipated climate change, recommendations
Archinect- March 2, 2012

University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning faculty and students, along with the U.S. Green Building Council reviewed areas of climate change uncertainty, forecasted findings on anticipated climate change in the United States by region, and made recommendations based on the forecasts in a report released today, Feb. 29, 2012. The report, “Green Building and Climate Resilience: Understanding the impacts of preparing for changing conditions,” was released at the National Press Club.

Local

Zappos CEO dreams of fixing world by fixing cities
Las Vegas Review-Journal- March 4, 2012

Tony Hsieh couldn’t be more different from the murderous mobsters and bombastic billionaires who built Las Vegas. While those men were quick to boast, make threats or sometimes even slit an opponent’s throat in order to build their empires, Hsieh, 38, takes a dreamier approach, literally.

San Francisco wins Zipcar award for urban planning
SF Gate- March 1, 2012

San Francisco trumped other cities such as Seattle, Washington, Portland, Ore., and Boston to win Zipcar’s Future Metropolis Award, a prize based on the “sustainability, innovation, vibrancy, efficiency, and livability” of the top 36 most populated cities in the United States.

City unveils SomerVision: The 20-year plan for Somerville’s future
Wicked Local- March 1, 2012

It’s all about aspirations – to make sure Somerville continues to be an exceptional place to live, work, play and raise a family 20 years from now. Three years worth of community input and city planning to help make that happen culminated last week with a unique long-term plan for the future that few cities boast.

Houston hosts mass of “super commuters”
Houston Tomorrow- March 2, 2012

In a new national study, Houston and Dallas featured the largest percentage of super-commuters, with more than 13 percent of all workers falling in that category. Houston also saw the greatest growth in super-commuter population from 2002 to 2009, nearly reaching 100 percent, according to The Atlantic Cities:

Program offers assistance to home buyers purchasing vacant properties
Chicago Tribune- March 1, 2012

The Illinois Housing Development Authority announced Thursday that it was ready to begin offering up to $10,000 in down payment assistance to eligible home buyers who purchase vacant properties in six west and south suburban communities that have been hard-hit by the foreclosure crisis.

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