Somewhere Joel Kotkin cries. Over the weekend, the State Senate passed Senate Bill 375 which intends to curb sprawl by rewarding cities that put development adjacent to transportation infrastructure with hard to come by transit dollars. The bill would also deliver new power to the wonks at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), who will be required to "draw up transportation and land-use plans that encourage smart growth." Finally, our dreams of a maglev may actually become a reality! Via the WSJ: "The bill's proponents and transportation experts say it is the first measure in the nation to link government transportation funding with urban planning and CO2-reduction goals." The bill will next head to the desk of the Governor for signing.
· California Seeks to Curb Sprawl [Wall Street Journal]
· California bill attacks sprawl [LA Times]