Talking Headways Podcast: The Urban Policy Translator

This week we’re joined by Shelley Poticha, director of NRDC’s Urban Solutions Program, who tells us about the organization’s new programs like SPARCC and the City Energy Project. We get into federal policy like the Clean Power Plan and the story of how FTA and HUD were finally connected, and we talk about The Next American Metropolis, the 1993 book about transit-oriented development she wrote with Peter Calthorpe.

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Today’s Headlines

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Anthony Foxx Highlights MAP-21’s Most Successful Program (Transpo Issues Daily) How the Senate and House Diverge on Transportation (Mobilizing the Region) Obama’s “Middle-Out” Theory Works on a City Level, Too (Next City) Former DOT Secretaries Give Advice to Foxx (The Hill) If Summers Leads the Fed, What Would That Mean for Urban Policy? (Next City) […]

EPA and HUD Make Big Investments in Sustainable Development

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are making significant progress on their joint effort, with the U.S. DOT, to connect cleaner transportation options with affordable  housing and denser urban development. A future commuter rail station along Boston’s Fairmount Line, one of five areas selected for EPA sustainable […]

HUD: Now’s the Time to Tell Congress Why Smart Planning Matters

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I don’t know how many RSVPs a HUD conference call usually gets, but everyone seemed pretty floored that a stakeholder teleconference yesterday got upwards of 400. Officials said it was a testament to the popularity of HUD’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities and the grant programs it runs together with EPA and U.S. DOT. […]

What Will the Senate Bill’s Transit Section Look Like?

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Though the House Republicans are stealing the show these days with their endeavor to tie infrastructure funding to oil drilling, let’s not forget there’s a serious, bipartisan transportation reauthorization bill out there that actually has a chance of passage: the Senate’s MAP-21. On its path toward a full Senate vote, that two-year bill is paused at its […]

Team Obama Adviser: Here’s How to Make Sustainability Mainstream

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Shelley Poticha, head of the Obama administration’s inter-agency sustainable communities push, is so new to the job that the legislation creating her office has yet to be officially approved by Congress — but she has already hit upon two goals aimed at remaking the way Americans, and their government, view local development. Shelley Poticha (Photo: […]

Talking Headways Podcast: It Costs More to Drive Til You Qualify

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The topic this week is housing affordability and transit, with guests Shima Hamidi, Reid Ewing, and John Renne. They discuss their recent paper in the journal Housing Policy Debate, “How Affordable is HUD Affordable Housing?” As it turns out, a lot of HUD rental assistance is spent in areas with high transportation costs. We talk about the impetus […]