DOT and HUD Team Up for TOD

The Network is abuzz today with the news of the federal Sustainable
Communities Initiative, a joint project of the departments of
Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, unveiled yesterday by
secretaries Ray LaHood and Shaun Donovan. Matthew Yglesias and Ryan Avent have weighed in, as has The Transport Politic, writing:

The
announcement of this livable communities initiative is great news and
suggests a new era of transit-oriented development. Though the program
will not be funded separately, nor mandate density changes in cities,
it will provide a centralized planning system that communities can
follow to improve their livability and transit usage. Encouraging
metropolitan areas to see transportation and housing as one, greater
issue is a good first step.

At the very least, notes Yglesias: "For the past several years a number of jurisdictions who’ve had good
ideas have found themselves stymied by a hostile federal government.
Now we’re looking at a the reverse — a federal government that’s trying,
as best it can, to actually encourage best-practices and lay the foundation for sustainable economic growth."

Though the news is not so great in Oregon and Colorado, where Bike Portland and Bike Denver report that pro-cycling laws are under attack, UrbanCincy and The Indy Cog are encouraged by new efforts to promote riding in New Orleans and Fort Wayne, Indiana. Plus, Greater Greater Washington wonders if the government should continue to subsidize highway rest stops.

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