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Smart Growth News — September 15, 2014

Trading Parking Lots for Affordable Housing
The New York Times — September 14, 2014
Here are two other numbers: 9 x 18. In square feet, that’s 162, smaller than the most micro micro-apartment. It is the size of a typical parking space. That lowly slice of asphalt has prompted three young architects — Miriam Peterson, Sagi Golan and Nathan Rich, fellows at the Institute for Public Architecture — to come up with what could be an innovative way to ease the housing crisis.
 
Planet earth vs. roads: The epic conflict that will define the future of the world
Salon — September 14, 2014
For wildlife, the freeway might as well be a vertical barrier; an interruption of the animal ecosystem on land as absolute as a dam in a river. The story of the Los Angeles mountain lions is a small example of how roads impact ecosystems long after they are built.
 
What Can Small Cities Do to Fight Climate Change?
Mother Jones — September 15, 2014
Some more progressive communities are stepping into the breach left by Washington. But whereas the most efficient government policies would simply require less energy usage and let the market figure out how to achieve it, that’s economically unfeasible for small cities and counties.
 
Road, transit projects get a boost with federal grants
USA Today — September 12, 2014
In a year of great uncertainty for federal transportation funding, road and transit projects around the USA are getting a boost as federal TIGER grants are awarded to 72 projects in 46 states and D.C.

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Smart Growth News — September 12, 2014

What can small cities do to fight climate change?
Grist — September 12, 2014
Everyone should know by now that the U.S. needs to adopt policies to restrain its profligate energy use. Per capita, we use the most of any country except Iceland. And no, it’s not just because we’re richer: Adjusted for GDP, we still use more than everyone except for Australia, Canada, and a few frigid countries in northern Europe.
 
Why Nature Needs Cities
The Huffington Post — September 11, 2014
Cities need nature, as I wrote in an earlier essay.  But what is not so well understood is that nature also needs cities. There is simply no way we can protect and maintain a beautiful, thriving, natural and rural landscape outside of cities if we continue to spread highways and suburban sprawl across the countryside.
 
Affordable Senior Housing Is the Next Big Growth Opportunity
Senior Housing News — September 11, 2014
Senior housing operators will be forced to address the growing need of low- to moderate-income seniors in the coming years, as an estimated 3.5 million seniors today don’t have enough money to pay for higher acuity services. The high-end senior living facilities that have emerged within the past few years just won’t cut it when facing a demographic that has more health care needs.
 
Poll: 79 percent supports tolling to pay for highways
The Hill — September 11, 2014
Seventy-nine percent of U.S. residents would support increasing the use of tolls on the nation’s roads to help for new transportation projects, according to a poll Thursday by an infrastructure group. The survey, which was conducted by HNTB Corp., found 79 percent of U.S. residents “would support the addition of a toll on a non-tolled surface transportation facility if it resulted in a safer, congestion-free and more reliable trip.”

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Smart Growth News — September 11, 2014

Here’s What’s Becoming Of America’s Dead Shopping Malls
NPR — September 10, 2014
Online shopping, the recession and demographic shifts are some of the factors killing shopping malls. And as these changes leave behind huge concrete carcasses, they’re being “reimagined” into everything from medical centers to hockey rinks.
 
Driverless cars: Good for the planet?
The Christian Science Monitor — September 10, 2014
Driverless cars are almost certainly a part of our transportation future as companies like Google experiment with autonomous driving. Depending on how you look at it, impact of driverless cars on our energy use could either be incredibly good or incredibly bad, or somewhere in between.
 
Could Land Banks Solve Cities’ Poor Collection Rates on Blighted Properties?
Bloomberg BNA — September 10, 2014
Detroit missed the mark on its projected property tax collections for the fourth quarter of FY 2014, ending in June 2014, by nearly 90 percent. To close the huge gap between projections and actual collections, Detroit might consider establishing a land bank.
 
Lawmakers Tout TIGER Grants for Infrastructure Projects
Transport Topics — September 10, 2014
Several members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, are boasting about grants that the Department of Transportation has awarded to projects in their districts ahead of an official announcement by the department.

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Smart Growth News — September 10, 2014

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces New Initiative to Enhance Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
USDOT Press Release — September 10, 2014
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced a new initiative to reduce the growing number of pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities through a comprehensive approach that addresses infrastructure safety, education, vehicle safety and data collection.

Obama administration’s highway fix could mean more tolls
USA Today — September 9, 2014
The Treasury and Transportation departments convened an “infrastructure summit” in Washington Tuesday to bring together investors, philanthropists, construction firms and state and government agencies.

Players to watch: Transportation
The Hill — September 9, 2014
The lawmakers, administration officials and power brokers listed here will play enormous roles in the policies and politics that take place over the next several months.


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Smart Growth News — September 9, 2014

100 Resilient Cities Challenge: how accurately do cities perceive risk?
The Guardian (UK) — September 9, 2014
Analysis of initial applications for the Rockefeller Foundation’s global resilience project reveals a tendency among cities to underestimate their exposure to hazards
 
Can Parking Help Save Paradise?
The Huffington Post — September 9, 2014
The International Parking Institute (IPI) and its affiliate, the Green Parking Council are working to not only turn them into spaces that contribute to the environment, but also the aesthetic of the world around us, according to Rachel Yoka, Vice President of Program Development for IPI.
 
US to Spend $328 Million on Conservation Easements
ABC News — September 8, 2014
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $328 million in funding Monday to protect and restore farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the country.
 
They Built It. People Came. Now They Go.
The New York Times — September 8, 2014
In an enormous housing development on the edge of this scrappy Mexican commuter town, Lorena Serrano’s 11-foot-wide shoe box of a home is flanked by abandoned houses. The neighborhood has two schools, a few bodegas and a small community center that offers zumba classes.

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Smart Growth News — September 8, 2014

Peduto on Meet the Press: cities could benefit from ‘shared partnership’ with D.C.
Pittsburg Post-Gazette — September 7, 2014
Mr. Peduto was among three chief executives from U.S. cities to appear on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” which was moderator Chuck Todd’s debut as host of the venerable news program. He appeared with Mayor Mick Cornett of Oklahoma City and Mayor Marilyn Strickland of Tacoma, Wash.

Repurposing old rail stations in the rust belt
Belt Magazine — September 2, 2014
Empty for over thirty years, the enormous edifice has endured vacancy, vandalism, and vicious Buffalo winters. The estimated cost for basic upgrades is around $65 million. The CTRC can use all the help it can get.

Cities Prepare for Warm Climate Without Saying So
ABC News — September 8, 2014
With climate change still a political minefield across the nation despite the strong scientific consensus that it’s happening, some community leaders have hit upon a way of preparing for the potentially severe local consequences without triggering explosions of partisan warfare: Just change the subject.

Anthony Foxx takes a futurist turn at the Department of Transportation
Politico — September 7, 2014
Foxx is leading a DOT effort to create a 30-year outlook for the state of transportation in the U.S., an ambitious effort he hopes will shift the country out of its stubborn, single-track focus on the short-term needs of keeping solvent the Highway Trust Fund.

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Smart Growth News — September 5, 2014

How the Suburbs Got Poor
Slate — September 4, 2014
Could it be that the problems plaguing St. Louis County reflect a larger failure of fragmented local government? The deeper problem is that the low-density suburbs of single-family homes that are common in this part of Missouri, and indeed across the country, are fundamentally inhospitable to those who find themselves at the bottom of the economic ladder.
 
The death of America’s suburban dream
The Guardian (UK) — September 5, 2014
America’s “inner-ring” suburbs – the group of small, independent municipalities that surround the largest US cities – are undergoing a remarkable transformation. In the 25 years or so that followed the second world war, these neighbourhoods were the classic aspirational destination.
 
The surprising places we go when we leave the cities we’re from
The Washington Post — September 5, 2014
In certain circles, Washington, D.C., often feels like a place where no one’s from, a city of migrants and job-seekers defined as much by its out-of-town-ness as its homegrown character.
 
Why Germany (and Europe) fears Uber
The Washington Post — September 4, 2014
Be it Airbnb, Uber or Lyft, the idea of sharing and earning or saving money at the same time has found many supporters here in the United States. Across the Atlantic in Europe, things look different.

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Smart Growth News — September 4, 2014

50 best U.S. cities for biking? New York tops list
USA Today — September 3, 2014
New York, long known for its subways and yellow taxi cabs, has doubled its number of bike commuters and now tops a list of the 50 best U.S. biking cities, followed by Chicago and Minneapolis.
 
Cities Of The Future: What Do They Look Like, How Do We Build Them And What’s Their Impact?
Forbes — September 4, 2014
These new types of cities typically leverage new technologies, infrastructure, design, and planning techniques to create what can only be described as a city which acts as a living breathing organism that can communicate with its residents and within itself.
 
Residents Worry Urban Drilling Will Turn Downtowns Into Oil Towns
NPR — September 3, 2014
Dawn Gioia lives just two blocks away from City Hall in Brighton, Colo., just north of Denver. She never expected to receive a thick envelope from Mid-Con Energy in the mail, proposing she sell mineral rights for oil and gas drilling.
 
The Most Important Transportation Innovation of This Decade Is the Smartphone
CityLab — September 3, 2014
Almost all movement in a major city now begins with a phone. Mobile apps and interfaces help people do everything from sort through route options to locate an approaching bus or hail a taxi or for-hire vehicle.

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