Smart Growth News- March 16, 2012

National

Senate’s Highway Bill May Create Some Jobs, Kill Others
Businessweek- March 15, 2012
For a day at least, Washington lawmakers of both political parties worked together and passed a bill business groups said is vital to the U.S. economy.

U.S. Poised For Passenger Rail Boom
Forbes- March 15, 2012
Of planes, trains, and automobiles, only one can accommodate America’s growing need for urban and intercity transportation, according to a panel of transportation officials who gathered in Chicago Wednesday.

State Rep. Lynn Smith’s brownfield legislation passes House
Times Herald- March 15, 2012
State Rep. Lynn Smith, R-Newnan, is author of a bill intended to help encourage people to clean up and redevelop “brownfields.”

Bikes and Business: Can Cities Cycle Their Way To Prosperity?
Xconomy- March 16, 2012
I’ve been in Boston this week, attending Xconomy’s big Mobile Madness conference and hanging out with my colleagues in our Cambridge, MA, headquarters. For all the debate among startup entrepreneurs about whether Boston or Silicon Valley is a better place to start a company, I’ve been reminded during my visit that Boston has a huge lead over the Bay Area in at least one respect: its public transit system. I’m without a car or a bike here, but I’ve been able to get around just fine, thanks to the MBTA’s fast and efficient subway and bus network.

IBM Names Worldwide Recipients of 2012 Smarter Cities Challenge Grants
Market Watch- March 15, 2012
IBM today selected 33 cities worldwide to receive IBM Smarter Cities Challenge (#smartercities) grants during 2012.

Sen. Franken introduces legislation to turn around vacant homes, businesses
Hometown Source- March 14, 2012
Washington, D.C. – In an effort to stabilize neighborhoods devastated by abandoned homes and buildings in communities across Minnesota, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) introduced legislation that would rehab vacant and foreclosed homes and businesses, stabilize neighborhoods, and create jobs.

Local

Brookings’ Bruce Katz talks “billion for Buffalo”
Innovation Trail- March 15, 2012
When Governor Andrew Cuomo promised a “billion for Buffalo” earlier this year, he promised to draw on the expertise of Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institution.

Saving Detroit’s Public Transit By Privatizing It
The Atlantic Cities- March 15, 2012
When a city’s transit agency gets into funding trouble, it’s easy to call on the private sector to whip things into cost-efficient shape. Of course, actually running a private urban transit company — rather, running a successful one — is a lot tougher than it may seem.

San Francisco transit savings plan may spread
SF Examiner- March 15, 2012
A San Francisco commuter incentive program that encourages alternative transportation could be expanded to the entire Bay Area.

Is Rio de Janeiro the world’s first ‘smart’ city?
Christian Science Monitor- March 15, 2012
Smart growth seems to have taken an evolutionary step in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. IBM has brought their Smart Cities concept to the former Brazilian capital, a model that uses information and communication technology to improve economic efficiency, thus enabling further development.

HUD officials tour downtown developments
Montgomery Adviser- March 16, 2012
Federal housing officials toured the sites of several downtown Mont­gomery developments Thursday and listened to detailed plans for the sites.

Luna, A Green Walk-able, Community And SantaFe.com Featured Business, Is Coming To Downtown Santa Fe
Houston Chronicle- March 16, 2012
Santa Fe’s downtown gateway has a new addition with Luna, a green mixed-use development. A fixture on Santa Fe visitor guide SantaFe.com, Luna, located in the downtown area on old Route 66, has designs on starting construction in March of 2012 with a projection completion date of September 2012 for the first phase of the project. The $18 million project is available for leasing now with a target occupancy date of the fall of 2012.

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