The Streetsblog Network is continuing to digest the draft of stimulus legislation that came out of the House Appropriations Committee yesterday. We're featuring a post from Design New Haven that offers a pretty tough evaluation:
Despiteall the evidence that transit-oriented development creates jobs bydramatically saving large numbers of people time and commutingexpenses, the stimulus bill seems more like it is shaping up to be arecipe for oil company profits than for smarter growth in metropolitanareas like New Haven.
The Transport Politic continues its close coverage of the stimulus, excerpting a piece from the Wall Street Journal that reports some Democratic members of the Transportation Committee are considering an objection to the transport section of the bill. From the WSJ:
Highways and Transit Subcommittee ChairmanPeter DeFazio (D., Ore.) suggested the committee draft a letter orresolution to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi objecting to the transportsection of the stimulusbill.
Rep. Oberstar suggested the committee “mobilizethose practitioners of infrastructure” at a hearing next week todemonstrate the need to increase spending levels on shovel-readyprojects. “Then I think we make the move on the House leadership andthe incoming Obama administration,” he said.