Category: SGA News Clips

Smart Growth News — January 26, 2015

Bernie Sanders: Bridges, roads need $1 trillion — January 20, 2015
Our infrastructure is collapsing, and the American people know it. The Interstate 75 bridge collapse in Cincinnati on Monday is only the latest example. Every day, motorists across the United States drive over bridges that are in disrepair and on roads with unforgiving potholes.

Cities dream of a ‘smart’ sci-fi future
Fortune — January 25, 2015
Kansas City dreams of being a city of the future where street lights dim automatically when no one is around to help save on electricity. Sensors would keep watch on water mains and warn city officials when they need to be replaced – long before the pipes break, of course.

Demolitions an ugly reality for cities losing people
USA Today — January 24, 2015
Mayors say demolishing abandoned homes is a policy of last resort. But for many cities around the country, it’s also a survival strategy.

Congress should let cities provide their own Internet
The Boston Globe — January 25, 2015
President Obama made it a point to highlight the importance of providing high-speed Internet access to all Americans in his State of the Union address last week. No one disagrees with the sentiment. The method he proposed, however — removing legislative barriers that prevent some cities and towns from creating their own Internet networks — will be a much tougher sell.

The 10 richest cities in America
USA Today — January 25, 2015
When you think of a rich city, do you think of a place with a ton of million dollar homes? Maybe a place with a lot of culture, job opportunities, or beauty? Many of the richest cities are in high-demand for these very reasons.

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Smart Growth News — January 23, 2015

DOT head challenges mayors on bicycle, walking safety
USA Today — January 22, 2015
As more people opt to walk instead of drive and as bicycling continues to grow in popularity, traffic deaths of pedestrians and bicyclists have been trending upward for several years, at a rate higher than motor vehicle fatalities.

Urban Headwinds, Suburban Tailwinds
Forbes — January 22, 2015
Although home prices are rising faster in urban neighborhoods, population is growing faster in suburban neighborhoods. Consumer preferences and the aging of the population are tailwinds for suburban growth; so are falling oil prices if they stay low long-term.

Maybe Millennials Don’t Want to Live in Cities After All
TIME — January 22, 2015
The accepted wisdom about millennials is that they shun the suburbs for the cities. They want to be in urban cores next to easily accessible public transportation options that allow them to seamlessly hit up bars, restaurants and any space with wi-fi.

Earthquakes, floods and volcanoes: The most disaster-prone places in America
The Washington Post — January 21, 2015
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared more than 3,000 disasters since 1953, covering the gamut of large-scale calamities ranging from tornadoes to terrorism, and everything in between. Since 1964, they’ve been tracking these disaster declarations at the county level, which I’ve mapped below.

Will low gas prices hurt mass transit?
The Week — January 23, 2015
As it happens, this year will see the confluence of several important transportation trends, each with implications for mass-transit ridership. The most discussed of these trends, of course, is the ongoing decline in the price of gasoline.

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Smart Growth News — January 22, 2015

New hope for deal on infrastructure funds
The Hill — January 21, 2015
Republicans are indicating after President Obama’s State of the Union address that they are open to compromising with the president on increasing U.S. transportation funding, although neither side has offered specifics on how they would pay for new construction projects.

Should Urban Universities Help Their Neighbors?
The Atlantic — January 20, 2015
If there’s something most people picture when they think of a “college town”— rows of bars and ethnic restaurants, posters advertising indie-movie screenings and dance performances, beautiful homes where professors can walk to campus —urban universities have more trouble achieving that vision than colleges with a whole town to themselves.

3 ways we can fight congestion in our city cores
Metro Jacksonville — January 22, 2015
Since the automobile became king of the road in modern civilization, traffic congestion has been a problem in cities around the globe. 103 years after Ford’s first Tin Lizzie found a parking spot, we still struggle with the increasing demands of the automobile.

Struggle City: Most U.S. cities haven’t recovered yet
CNN Money — January 22, 2015
President Obama faces a new problem this year: America as a whole is improving, but most cities are getting left behind. Sixty percent of U.S. cities have not recovered to their pre-recession levels, according to the Brookings Institution’s new MetroMonitor report, which ranks the economic health of 300 cities in the world.

Transit Oriented Development Critical to Metropolitan Growth
National Law Review — January 21, 2015
Urban Development: Faster Greener Commutes Key to Sustained City Growth, a report released in October 2014 by Cushman & Wakefield, provided insight into Transit Oriented Development as it explored “the consequences of rapid population growth in 10 major North American cities”—with Miami being one.

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Smart Growth News — January 21, 2015

Obama leaves out gas tax in call for ‘bipartisan infrastructure plan’
The Hill — January 20, 2015
President Obama called for Congress to pass a “bipartisan infrastructure plan” in his State of the Union address but stopped short of calling for an increase in the federal gas tax to help pay for it.
Minorities and the ‘Slumburbs’
Citylab — January 21, 2015
The history goes something like this: White families left inner cities in droves during the white-flight era of the 1950s and 60s. Now they are returning to—have returned to—the metro centers that their grandparents once called home. Families of color called these inner cities home during decades of depopulation.
The City Might Not Be To Blame For High Asthma Rates
NPR — January 20, 2015
Asthma affects children regardless of where they live and whether they are rich or poor. But scientists have long thought that living in poor urban neighborhoods adds an extra risk for this troublesome lung inflammation. A new study suggests that’s not necessarily the case.
States look at hiking gas tax as fuel prices plunge
NBC Charlotte — January 17, 2015
With gas prices dipping to their lowest level in years, lawmakers in state capitals throughout the USA are increasingly open to the idea of raising fuel taxes to help rebuild crumbling roadways and bridges.

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Smart Growth News — January 20, 2015

U.S. Cities Lag in Race against Rising Seas
Scientific American — January 15, 2015
In December, residents in Marin, a county in the northern part of the San Francisco Bay Area nestled across from the Golden Gate Bridge, woke up to find that some of their roadways, docks and parking lots were underwater.
America’s Best Performing Cities Are Invested In Technology And Energy
Fast Co.Exist — January 15, 2015
While the economic downturn was terrible for America as a whole, the level of terribleness wasn’t equal across the country. Some cities were more resilient because they were invested in industries that allowed them to keep creating jobs and paying decent wages.
Moving Downtown? Here Are 6 Things To Figure Out First
Forbes — January 15, 2015
If your 2015 resolutions include moving into the city, you’re not alone — living downtown is fast becoming the in thing. The trend has given cities like Boston, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Miami a lift, and the list of reviving downtowns keeps getting longer.
As Cities Push For Their Own Broadband, Cable Firms Say Not So Fast
NPR — January 17, 2015
Americans increasingly see decently fast Internet as more like a functioning sewer line than a luxury. And a number of cities are trying to get into the Internet provider business, but laws in 19 states hamper those efforts. President Obama announced this week that he wants to lift those restrictions, and supporters of what is known as municipal broadband can’t wait.

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Smart Growth News — January 15, 2015

White House Backs Cities That Want to Build Their Own Super-Speed Internet
Wired — January 14, 2015
Five years before Google Fiber came to Kansas City, the residents of Chattanooga, Tennessee were already enjoying the ultra-fast speeds of gigabit internet speeds. But those connections didn’t come from a private company like Google. They came from the municipally owned utility.
Despite low gas prices, gas tax hike appears unlikely
AP — January 15, 2015
The new Republican-controlled Congress is facing an old problem: where to find the money for highway and transit programs. With gasoline prices at their lowest in years when the new Congress convened, there had been talk that it might be time to raise federal gas and diesel taxes, which haven’t budged in more than 20 years.
The Myth of Gentrification
Slate — January 14, 2015
It started in Soho, then moved to Chelsea and the East Village. Riots in Tompkins Square in 1988 earned it some headlines but didn’t stop its creeping advance. It moved on to lower Harlem, then jumped the river to Park Slope. Williamsburg and Fort Greene followed; today, it threatens even Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Fixing Fragile Cities
Foreign Affairs — January 14, 2015
In the decades to come, the city, not the state, will decide stability and development. People around the world have been converging on cities for centuries, and more than half of them live in one today. Western cities have grown so dominant that commentators now speak of “the triumph” of cities and call on mayors to rule the world.

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Smart Growth News — January 14, 2015

What to Do With a Dying Neighborhood
The Atlantic — January 14, 2015
There are hundreds of stories of failed subdivisions left empty by the housing bust, where homeowners are stuck staring into vacant lots of PVC pipes and weeds. There are very few stories where a half-finished development has been saved from ruin.
The 14 Best Startup Cities in America
Popular Mechanics — January 14, 2015
No disrespect to San Francisco or Brooklyn, but we wanted to identify the next wave of cities building an ecosystem to turn innovators into entrepreneurs.
What the collapse of ancient capitals can teach us about the cities of today
The Guardian (UK) — January 14, 2015
After existing for more than a thousand years, the Mayan city of Tikal collapsed in the ninth century. At about the same time, halfway around the world, the city of Angkor was being founded. It would be the grand capital of the Khmer kingdom for six centuries before itself being abandoned.
GOP targets budget process for tax reform
Politico — January 13, 2015
Several influential Republicans want to use a filibuster-proof budget procedure to overhaul the corporate tax code — rather than wield it as a weapon against Obamacare, as conservatives are demanding.
Shuster announces T&I committee leaders
Progressive Railroading — January 13, 2015
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster today announced U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) will chair the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials for the 114th Congress.

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Smart Growth News — January 13, 2015

Growing Cities Hold Key to Curbing Climate Change
Scientific American — January 12, 2015
Cities—the best of which are bastions of transit networks, bike paths, compact apartments and chirpy baristas—are growing faster than litters of sewer rats, exacerbating their already-high hungers for energy. The trend is so steep that a new analysis projects that urban centers will be burning through three times more energy in the year 2050 than was the case in 2005.

Obama administration outlines 30-year transportation plan
The Washington Post — January 12, 2015
With the population explosion in the South and West expected to continue and aging infrastructure requiring a massive overhaul elsewhere, the Obama administration on Monday began to map out a 30-year framework to meet those needs.

Uber offers cities an olive branch: your valuable trip data
The Washington Post — January 13, 2015
Every time Uber gives a ride, it collects several notable pieces of data: the location where a car picked you up, the time of day, the location of your destination, and the time it took you to get there. Add up thousands of trips, and contained in that data are some even more interesting patterns.

126 Finalists Announced in First Ever Knight Cities Challenge
Government Executive — January 12, 2015
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation on Monday announced 126 finalists for its first-ever Knight Cities Challenge, a competition for “new ideas to build more successful cities across the United States,” according to the foundation.

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