Smart growth news- May 14, 2012

National

The week ahead: Highway talks move behind the scenes
The Hill- May 14, 2012
Negotiations in Congress about a new federal transportation bill will move from committee rooms to behind the scenes as lawmakers in the House and Senate continue talks about a possible deal.

Transit groups win award for ad featuring Reagan, Bill Clinton
Politico- May 11, 2012
A pair of Washington-based transportation lobbying groups has won an advertising award for its campaign featuring former Presidents Reagan and Clinton.

Opinion: Too little is spent on transportation
Politico- May 13, 2012
It’s impossible to envision the United States without its transportation system. George Washington knew we needed a “smooth way” — a road connecting Eastern cities with Western territories if our nation was to survive.

What Killing the American Community Survey Would Actually Mean
The Atlantic Cities- May 11, 2012
So the Republican-led House of Representatives this week voted 232-190 to eliminate the American Community Survey, the annual survey of about 3 million randomly chosen U.S. households that’s like the Census only much more detailed. It collects demographic details such as what sort of fuel a household uses for heating, the cost of rent or mortgage payments, and what time residents leave home to go to work.

Local

Smart Growth summit draws hundreds
Providence Journal- May 11, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — If attendance at the biennial Power of Place Summit is an indication, then the movement to build Rhode Island’s economy while improving quality of life is gaining momentum. About 400 attended the day-long 2010 conference — but some 500 came Friday, according to sponsor Grow Smart RI.

Area cities spend millions to create, retain jobs
Dayton Daily News- May 12, 2012
Area cities have agreed in the past two years to pay $2.9 million to 33 businesses promising to retain or create more than 2,500 jobs, according to a survey conducted by the Dayton Daily News.

Silicon Valley Is Stuck In An Uncanny Valley Of Density
Forbes- May 11, 2012
Reader daviddelosangeles argues that there just isn’t room for more people in the San Francisco Bay Area:

New survey shows overwhelming support for bike facilities
SF Streetsblog- May 10, 2012
As Congress debates funding for our future transportation system, America Bikes released the results of a survey that shows Americans overwhelmingly support funding for bike and pedestrian facilities. According to America Bikes:

A Kansas town tries to keep the train coming through
CNN- May 13, 2012
(CNN) — For well over a century the world has come to call on Garden City, Kansas, every day of the year.

Editor’s note: Thoughts on rail lines and economic engines from one outer suburbanite
Washington Post- May 13, 2012
I recently attended a breakfast hosted by a Northern Virginia bank, where I met a longtime business person from Loudoun County. How’s business out there? I asked.

East Bay’s Record-Breaking Bike to Work Day: Ten Mayors, 17,000 People
SF Streetsblog- May 11, 2012
Bike to Work Day in the East Bay broke records once again yesterday, with ten mayors, dozens of council members, and over 17,000 participants riding — an overall 22 percent increase across the East Bay. The record-breaking number of elected officials riding in included the mayors of Albany, Berkeley, Piedmont, Dublin, Fremont, Emeryville, Hayward, Richmond, and Union City.

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