an unusually passionate announcement last weekend, Gov. M. Jodi Rell said she's begun a national search for a deputy commissioner of the state Department of Transportation who will focus on mass transit and anti-sprawl measures.Right on! Rell has already made a difference in pushing $3.5 billion in transportation improvements, the tough part will be to get the 169 towns in Connecticut to hop aboard the regional growth platform. When commuter towns like Darien and Westport offer no affordable housing around transit stops, can our popular Governor bring those delegations to the table?
"We need to combat sprawl," Mrs. Rell said. "Our goal is to create more attractive, livable, economically strong communities while protecting natural resources, and our battle to attain those goals must include mass transit." She spoke of bringing affordable housing and business to the areas around transit stops, to create "walkable, bikable neighborhoods."
Courant Step Toward Smart Growth, Editorial, September 10, 2006