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Smart Growth News — September 2, 2014

U.S. unprepared for housing needs of aging population
The Harvard Gazette — September 2, 2014
America’s older population is experiencing unprecedented growth, but the country is not prepared to meet the housing needs of this aging group, concludes a new report released today by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies and the AARP Foundation.
 
How they compare: Austin, Phoenix two of the fastest-growing cities in the US
KTAR News — September 1, 2014
When many people think of Austin, Texas, they might think of any one of the city’s various Super Bowl-sized festivals such as Austin City Limits or South by Southwest. However, the city is also becoming well-known for being one of the country’s fastest-growing economic engines because for the fourth year in a row.
 
Share a taxi with a stranger? Idea is catching in big cities
Fortune — September 1, 2014
As cities become more crowded and polluted, the idea of car sharing is catching on with companies like Bandwagon offering an app that allows passengers to link up with others heading in same direction
 
The 2014 World Cities Day Challenge: champion your city’s best idea
The Guardian — September 2, 2014
Every city has different ideas that make it great, from the first skyscrapers and metros in New York and London to more recent innovations like congestion charging, bike sharing, buried expressways or floating schools. What unique venture can your city boast to the rest of the world – something that would make a real difference to the lives of residents of other cities?

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Smart Growth News — August 29, 2014

Forget the Rent: Why New York and San Francisco Are Actually Amazing Bargains
Slate — August 28, 2014
New York and San Francisco are synonymous with out-of-control rents. But they’re more of a bargain than most of us realize. The typical New York household, for instance, pays a ludicrous amount of rent, but most don’t own a car, since they can use the subway or a bus to get to work instead.
 
The big problem with ‘coolest city’ lists
The Guardian (UK) — August 29, 2014
Most people probably have stronger opinions about urban hipsters than multimodal transit. So why do we insist on ‘cool cities’ lists that make bike lanes feel exclusionary?
 
The Rockefeller Foundation Kicks Off its 100 Resilient Cities Challenge
ArchDaily — August 28, 2014
The Rockefeller Foundation has kicked off its 2014 100 Resilient Cities Challenge, which aims to help “build resilience to the social, economic, and physical challenges that cities face in an increasingly urbanized world.” Each of the 100 cities selected will receive funding to hire a Chief Resilience Officer and assistance in developing and implementing a resilience strategy.
 
Millennial malarkey: The myth that a generation hates cars
Fortune — August 29, 2014
Has any group of people been more exhaustively measured, monitored, and psychoanalyzed than the cohort labeled Generation Y, a.k.a the Millennials? Their innermost thoughts and desires have been sliced and diced from the time they were in nappies.

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Smart Growth News — August 28, 2014

Want to See the Earth After Global Warming? Move to the City
Newsweek — August 27, 2014
According to a new paper published in Global Change Biology, cities exhibit many of these factors, making them a petri dish in which researchers can glimpse how the earth’s biological systems will be altered in the coming decades.

Biodesign: Why the future of our cities is soft and hairy
CNN Tech — August 27, 2014
According to the bio-architect William Myers, author of the book Biodesign, concerns for sustainability and increasing pressure on the world’s resources is leading to increasing collaboration between design and biology.

Cities With The Best — And Worst — Drivers
Forbes — August 27, 2014
Maybe it’s a cultural thing, or it has something to do with the environment, but statistics suggest some areas of the U.S. inherently breed more cautious drivers, while others tend to spawn some of the most accident-prone motor-vehicle operators on the road.

America is terrible at public transportation
The Week — August 27, 2014
For the first time since World War II, young Americans (in this case, millennials) drive less than previous generations. Just why this is happening is a matter of dispute, though probably the recession and changing living habits have a lot to do with it. (As a card-carrying millennial myself, I strongly dislike driving and don’t own a car.)

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Smart Growth News — August 27, 2014

The expense of sprawl
Reuters — August 26, 2014
It’s expensive to live in a big city. But what if it’s more expensive to live in a small city? The Citizen’s Budget Commission, a non-profit financial watchdog organization in New York, took a look at housing costs in US metro areas recently, then added in transportation costs. By these two metrics, New York City (and most dense metro areas with good public transportation) is one of the cheaper urban options.
 
What Cities Can Teach Marketers About Marketing
Forbes — August 26, 2014
While it may seem counterintuitive, I decided to ask the following question: What can consumer marketers learn from the people who successfully market their communities?  Put another way, what can “smart cities” and the men and women who promote them teach the private sector about marketing?
 
Preservation group to Congress: Save historic tax credit
The Syracuse Post-Standard — August 27, 2014
The Preservation League of New York State is worried Congress will kill a tax credit it says has saved many old buildings from the wrecking ball. The nonprofit organization called on Congress Tuesday to enhance the federal historic tax credit rather than repeal it.
 
Carper launching bridge tour to push for longer highway bill
The Hill — August 26, 2014
Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) is planning to visit a trio of bridges in his state on Thursday to make the case for Congress to approve a long-term transportation funding bill when lawmakers return to Washington in September.

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Smart Growth News — August 26, 2014

How Transit, Walkability Help Make Cities More Affordable
The Huffington Post — August 25, 2014
When typical housing and transportation costs are considered together and measured against incomes, cities generally thought to be relatively unaffordable because of high rents – such as San Francisco and New York – actually turn out to be more affordable than sprawling cities because of the high cost of driving in spread-out locations.
 
Discover The Playable City: The Happy Face Of The Urban Environment
Forbes — August 26, 2014
Watershed’s Playable City Award 2014 challenged artists and creatives from around the world to produce a future-facing artwork which uses creative technology to explore the theme of the Playable City.
 
Slowing Home Sales Show U.S. Market Lacks Momentum: Economy
Bloomberg — August 25, 2014
The pace of new-home sales fell to the slowest in four months in July, signaling U.S. real estate lacks the vigor to propel faster growth in the economy.
 
The first results of our State of the City Poll. 
Citylab — August 25, 2014
City centers and downtowns across the United States may very well be in the midst of a comeback or a renaissance, be reaching a moment of triumph or successfully transforming themselves into magnets for millennials and retiring boomers. But according to the new Atlantic Media/Siemens State of the City Poll, when it comes to overall community satisfaction, the suburbs are still king.
 

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Smart Growth News — August 25, 2014

Rebuilding America, one bridge at a time
The Washington Post — August 21, 2014
We know from the excesses of the past what the drivers for growth going forward cannot be: headlong health-sector expansion, a balloon in home equity or unsustainable consumer credit. So what is the logical big driver for the next round of growth?
 
Walkability or the Ability to Walk
The Colorado Springs Independent — August 23, 2014
So you want to design your commercial project for “walkability”, huh? Let’s start by getting a good understanding of what it means to be “walkable.” There is a profound and distinct difference between “walkable” and the “ability to walk” within a place.
 
The Future Of Urban Planning: Zoning For Drones
Popular Science — August 22, 2014
A century ago, as cars first emerged into the world, cities and laws that were designed for horses suddenly had to adapt to a whole new presence in their space. Cities didn’t know how to handle these fast machines, and fatal accidents in the early age of cars led to legal battles between pedestrians and cars over who had the right to the road.

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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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