Talking Headways Podcast: The Evolution of Federal Livability Policy

Welcome back Mariia Zimmerman of MZ Strategies for her second appearance on the podcast. We discuss how livability initiatives have changed over time at the federal level, from the initial attempts to foster growth by transit to more recent efforts to ensure equitable results from the coordination of transportation and development policy.

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Mariia Zimmerman of MZ Strategies joins me to chat about her new report on local advocacy for transportation reform called Transportation Transformation. Mariia, former deputy director for the Office of Sustainable Communities at HUD as well as former chief of staff to Congressman Earl Blumenauer, spent a year probing the local transportation advocacy landscape to […]

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Turning the Queen Mary: A Conversation with HUD, Part II

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Insert new question here. We’ve noted throughout this election season that transportation policy is something of a third rail in presidential politics. Gas prices and auto industry jobs are irresistible fodder for campaign promises, but even the candidate who has decent ideas about rail travel and bike infrastructure doesn’t mention transit on the stump. (The […]

Federal Support for Smart Planning Is on the Line Tomorrow

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Tomorrow, a Senate panel will vote on two budget bills for FY2012, one of which is for transportation and housing programs. The draft of the bill isn’t available until after the subcommittee markup tomorrow, but Smart Growth America is calling attention to the fact that it’s important to make sure the bill includes funding for the […]

U.S. DOT Previews How New Transit Rules Could Define ‘Livability’

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