Bus service, walking trails on Camden agenda
Herald Gazette (Maine), October 24, 2011
Camden Development Director Brian Hodges will ask the board to sign a letter supporting MCEA’s application for a Smart Growth America Technical Assistance Grant. The grant would provide a free public workshop on transit-oriented development that would be used to help MCEA to study the feasibility of a bus service that would connect Camden and other Midcoast towns with Amtrak service that is anticipated to connect to Rockland.
So cheap, there’s hope
The Economist, October 22, 2011
Yet physically, of course, the city remains the same size, imposing most of the same requirements of road maintenance, street lighting, rubbish collection and emergency-service response times. Detroit is a sprawling place, with the city itself (not the wider metro area) covering an area of 139 square miles, as it did in the 1950s when just under 2m people lived there, rather than the 714,000 it has now. You could fit Miami, Minneapolis and San Francisco into its city limits, and still have room left over. “We have a city that ought to be half its size,” says Mr Bing. He would like to concentrate his citizens, boosting the population density in areas that are still economically viable, while encouraging people to move out of districts that are not.
Republicans pitch transportation construction bill as major, bipartisan jobs program
Washington Post, October 24, 2011
House Republicans are pitching a six-year transportation construction plan as a major jobs bill that can win bipartisan approval before next year’s election, a key GOP lawmaker said Monday.
Outside Cleveland, Snapshots of Poverty’s Surge in the Suburbs
The New York Times, October 24, 2011
The poor population in America’s suburbs — long a symbol of a stable and prosperous American middle class — rose by more than half after 2000, forcing suburban communities across the country to re-evaluate their identities and how they serve their populations.