Press Releases

Coalition for Smarter Growth Releases Report on D.C. Public Land Use for Affordable Housing

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Today, the Coalition for Smarter Growth released a new report on public land redevelopment in Washington, D.C., entitled Public Land for Public Good: Making the Most of City Land to Meet Affordable Housing Needs.

Groups Urge Virginia to Stop Unnecessary Highway and Save Historic Battlefield

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Contact: Stewart Schwartz, CSG, 703-599-6437 Chris Miller, PEC, 703-507-5790 Jenni Brewer, NTHP, 202-588-6380 Pamela Goddard, NPCA, 202-454-3365 Morgan Butler, SELC, 434-977-4090 Groups Urge Virginia to Stop Unnecessary Highway and Save Historic Battlefield  New Highway Proposed on Site of 150th Anniversary Weekend Reenactment of First Battle of Manassas Washington, D.C. (July

Region’s Longest Commutes Show Need for Smart Growth and Transit

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Today’s Washington Post (A-1, “A Dubious Distinction: The Longest Ride in the U.S.”) reports on Census Bureau data showing that residents of parts of Prince William and Prince George’s Counties have some of the longest average commutes in the nation. Key issues highlighted in the article:

Stimulus – Don’t Give Blank Check to VDOT and MDOT

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“The transportation portion of the stimulus badly misses the mark.” said Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth, “It fails to mandate that most of the spending go to maintenance and operations of roads and transit and allows the Virginia and Maryland Departments of Transportation and the other state DOT’s too much authority to allocate $30 billion. That means business as usual instead of the fundamental change we need.”

Transit’s Success at the Inauguration

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Rail, bus, walking and bicycle access made possible record-breaking crowds who attended downtown celebrations for the Presidential Inauguration. Metrorail marked three days of unprecedented ridership in a row, providing 2.6 million trips for people during three days of inaugural celebrations. Officials decided against any significant role for private automobiles and encouraged visitors to take transit or bus, walk or bicycle.