The Hill takes a look at what smart growth and transit advocates are doing to try to take advantage of high gas prices to convince people that a shift of federal policy away from encouraging auto-dependency is the right way to go. Apparently folks have "coalesced around a bill introduced by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.) and Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) called the Transportation and Housing Choices for Gas Price Relief Act of 2008." In preparation for shifting to 501 (c) 4 status, I won't by any means endorse the bill or urge congress to pass it. Instead, I'll merely note that various people I respect seem to be hoping that congress passes this bill.

More info here at Streetsblog.

UPDATE: Also -- if you live in DC and want to do something good for smart growth, the environment, public health, and the local economy you should come to the Zoning Commission meeting on parking minimum's today at 6:30 PM (441 4th Street NW) and join me in advocating that minimums be lowered or abolished.

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