Category: SGA News Clips

Smart Growth News — August 21, 2014

The cities where housing is more expensive than you would expect
The Washington Post — August 20, 2014
When you pay for a place to live, you pay for both the building and the location, and, as any real estate agent will tell you, the latter is far more important. When the housing market in a city heats up, it’s not the buildings that have suddenly become more desirable. It’s the location, the land values.
 
What exactly is transit-oriented development?
Finance and Commerce — August 21, 2014
TOD offers an option that is scarce within the region, where most existing developments reflect the auto dominance of the last 60 years. We know there is strong demand for TOD since every new development that meets the definition fills up quickly and charges premium rents, unless all or some units are explicitly limited to those who qualify for affordable housing.
 
U.S. Cities Are Hot and Getting Hotter (Interactive)
The Weather Channel — August 21, 2014
Cities are almost always hotter than the surrounding rural area but global warming takes that heat and makes it worse. In the future, this combination of urbanization and climate change could raise urban temperatures to levels that threaten human health, strain energy resources, and compromise economic productivity.
 
GOP senators predict highway funding will change
The Hill — August 20, 2014
Sens. John Boozman (R-Ark.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.) predicted this week that lawmakers will find a new way to pay for U.S. transportation projects beyond the gas tax, according to the Fort Smith, Ark., Southwest Times Record. The federal gas tax, which is currently priced at 18.4 cents per gallon, has been the traditional source of revenue for transportation projects since the inception of the Interstate Highway System in the 1950s.

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Smart Growth News — August 20, 2014

Bloomberg Offers Grants to Help Cities Innovate
ABC News — August 20, 2014
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s charitable foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, is announcing on Wednesday that it’s putting $45 million into Innovation Delivery grants. The grants are to help cities create teams that use data and other tools to come up with ideas for how to tackle problems.
 
Cities Are Getting Even Hotter
US News and World Report — August 20, 2014
America’s cities, which already tend to form “heat islands” that are warmer than the rest of the region, are now getting “dramatically” hotter at faster rates than their surrounding rural areas – potentially threatening the health of hundreds of millions of Americans, a new study finds.
 
Why haven’t China’s cities learned from America’s mistakes?
The Guardian — August 20, 2014
In the wake of economic reforms in the 1990s that helped set off the largest urban migration in history, China had the rare opportunity to embrace cutting-edge city-building approaches as it expanded its skyline. It could have avoided the mistakes that made Los Angeles into the land of gridlock, or bypassed the errors that turned the banlieues of Paris into what one American planner calls “festering urban sores”.
 
US Transportation Secretary Foxx awards $4.03 million to accelerate transportation innovation
EIN News — August 19, 2014
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced more than $4 million in grants from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) designed to accelerate innovation in highway project delivery. The funds, which offset the cost of demonstration projects, will help to get roads and bridges repaired and built faster and more efficiently. Additional grants will be announced in coming weeks.

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Smart Growth News — August 19, 2014

It’s hard to build cities for kids. But do they really need them?
The Washington Post — August 19, 2014
It’s 2014, and Washington D.C.’s municipal government is blessed. The city has become a magnet for young, educated, ambitious people with healthy incomes, which they shower on the swanky shops and restaurants that have bloomed along former riot corridors of the resurgent capital.
 
America’s 15 Best Cities For Young Professionals
Forbes — August 18, 2014
The American economy has pumped out more than 200,000 jobs a month for six months running, as of the latest (July) numbers. Still, more than 2 million college-educated workers age 25 or older are unemployed, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 
The double threat of climate and land use change enhances risks to biodiversity
Science Codex — August 18, 2014
Researchers from Aarhus University, Denmark, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, have developed a new approach to measure the combined exposure of species to both climate and land use change. This new metric was used to assess the risk to species in the face of combined rates of climate and land use for the US from 2001 to 2051.
 
The Bullet Train That Could Change Everything
Government Technology — August 18, 2014
With Central Japan Railway’s efforts to sell high-speed trains on the U.S. coasts going nowhere, Texas has emerged as the company’s best hope for introducing its wildly successful technology to the American market. It also may turn out to be a transformative event in the history of the nation’s transportation system.

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Smart Growth News — August 18, 2014

Let’s make suburbs into cities: New urbanism, car culture and the future of community
Salon — August 17, 2014
The other was a group of planners, designers, and architects who called themselves the “new urbanists.” These new urbanists believe that America’s sterile built environment has contributed mightily to that civic malaise, and that with better planning we can create meaningful communities.
 
Why sprawl may be bad for your health
The Washington Post — August 15, 2014
We don’t build communities like we used to, which is not a statement about lost kn0w-how or bygone values. Literally, we lay them out differently, along different patterns, engineered for different modes of transportation and different kinds of homes.
 
Smart Growth Champion Brian Schatz Wins Close Senate Primary
The New York Times — August 16, 2014
After nearly two years of campaigning, millions of dollars spent and one tropical storm that delayed voting in this easternmost corner of Hawaii for nearly a week, Senator Brian Schatz won the Democratic nomination for his seat on Friday
 
Urban sprawl and lack of public transit leads to ‘transport poverty’
The Guardian (UK) — August 18, 2014
These factors lead to transport poverty – where a household is forced to pay more in travel costs than it can reasonably afford. Transport poverty can occur when people feel forced into car ownership. While there is strong population growth on the fringes of big cities such as Melbourne and Sydney, public transport is often lacking in these areas.

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Smart Growth News — August 15, 2014

Once-Dilapidated City Train Stations Enjoying A Renaissance
NPR — August 14, 2014
Across the country, cities like St. Paul, Minn., and Kansas City, Mo., have revitalized their once-dilapidated train stations in ways that are spurring development. Denver officials hope their station’s revamp — complete with a luxury hotel and adjacent public transportation hub — will help drive new downtown development as well.

Could Explosive Growth Lead To A Southern Megalopolis?
90.1 WABE — August 14, 2014
Some say it’d be “Charlanta.” Others think it should be “Atlanteigh.” Whatever you end up calling it, the Southern megalopolis predicted by a recent study certainly sounds daunting. Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and North Carolina State University found that if urbanization in the Southeast continues as it has over the past several decades, we could have a “Southern megalopolis” stretching from Atlanta to Raleigh by 2060.

From Suburbs to Cities: Design for a Better Future
WNPR News — August 15, 2014
In her first book The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving, author Leigh Gallagher observes a growing trend in America’s housing landscape: fewer people are choosing to live in suburbs. This hour, Leigh joins us to explain some of the forces driving Americans out of suburbia, and give us a glimpse of what the post-cul-de-sac future might look like.

Taking the Bypass on Transportation Funding
Governing — August 14, 2014
What happens when the latest temporary fix expires in May is anyone’s guess, but with Congress paralyzed, states have grasped the reality that the days of the feds routinely paying for 80 percent of transportation infrastructure projects are over. Rather than just lamenting the loss, however, states are developing stable revenue sources to fund their transportation needs.

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Smart Growth News — August 14, 2014

Are Cities Our New Economic Engines?
Forbes — August 13, 2014
Whatever your opinion, cities are increasingly the focus of academic, entrepreneurial, and governmental attention. Why? Because the world as a whole is rapidly urbanizing. The U.N. Department of Economics and Social Affairs (UNESA) projects that by the year 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban centers.
 
Curbing urban sprawl to make cities more sustainable
ASU News — August 13, 2014
City governments, urban planners and scholars are increasingly exploring an idea known as sprawl retrofitting. At Arizona State University, researchers have incorporated sprawl retrofitting into their toolkit for making cities more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.
 
Green spaces and open-plan communities linked to obesity and heart disease
The Daily Mail — August 13, 2014
Living in a suburb could be putting you at risk of obesity and even heart disease. Contradictory to the view that living in rural spaces makes you fitter and healthier, researchers have discovered it can actually increase the rates of these diseases.
 
The Truth About Obama’s High-Speed Rail Program
TIME — August 12, 2014
There are legitimate questions about the high-speed rail initiative—and the administration’s hype has outstripped its ability to deliver in an era of divided government—but the public debate over the program has been almost completely detached from the reality on the ground.

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Smart Growth News — August 13, 2014

The Suburbs Made Us Fat
The Atlantic — August 13, 2014
In places where there are streets, the particular effects of their layout on health are less known. But, like so many environmental factors whose health influence might not be readily apparent (e.g. the trees that save us billions of dollars in medical costs), they seem to be worth considering.
 
Walkable cities mean lower obesity and disease rates, says study
Denver Business Journal — August 11, 2014
Cities that have denser, more compact living conditions are likely to have lower disease rates and obesity rates, according to a new University of Colorado Denver study.
 
The End of Neighbours
Maclean’s — August 13, 2014
However powerful the economic and social forces behind the disappearing neighbour—and however positive many of its results—according to reams of new research, the transformation is also poisoning our politics and, quite literally, killing us.
 
Cities, Suburbs Trade and Blend Design Features
NewsWise — August 12, 2014
Major cities and their suburbs are becoming increasingly alike, but with little acknowledgement or understanding by architects and urban design professionals, says an architecture scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Smart Growth News — August 12, 2014

Study Argues That Walking In Older Cities Is Healthier
Business Insider — August 11, 2014
“Over the course of the 20th century, we did a great job of engineering utilitarian active transportation out of our daily lives,” said Wesley Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Colorado Denver, who joined Norman Garrick of the University of Connecticut in writing the report.
 
Are Hipsters Ruining the South?
Bloomberg View — August 11, 2014
In other words, the report uses mathematical simulations to suggest what baby boomers who grew up in the region — myself included — have expected ever since we were children watching filmstrips about the “megalopolis” sprawling from Boston to Washington, DC. We knew we’d get there some day.
 
Wage Gap is Killing U.S. Towns and Cities, Nation’s Mayors Say
NBC News — August 11, 2014
City Halls are not happy and it’s the widening wage gap that mayors blame. The tax revenue that towns and cities need to keep operating, is dwindling as jobs created since the recession are paying less than jobs lost in the recession, a report from the U.S. Conference of Mayors said on Monday.
 
Top Obama Housing Official Carol Galante to Step Down
The Wall Street Journal — August 11, 2014
A top government housing official plans to step down toward year’s end, a move that would leave a void at a critical time for the Obama administration as it struggles to expand access to mortgage credit.

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