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APA Dateline: March 25, 2002


A shadow of my former self
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Dateline: March 25, 2002
-- Report: Smart Growth Hurting in State Budgets --
Budget woes in statehouses across the country are cutting into anti-sprawl
and open-space programs passed in the money-flush 1990s, according to a
policy paper from the National Resources Defense Council, Sprawlwatch, and
Smart Growth America. The paper, "Smart Growth: Weathering the Storm," finds
that some states are reducing funds for buying open space, others are
cutting back on smart growth financial incentives, and some are delaying
their plans to manage growth statewide. In a story on the paper, USA Today
reports that Pennsylvania is freezing $50 million for its Growing Greener
initiative this fiscal year and another $50 million next year. Wisconsin is
considering $500,000 cuts in grants to communities that promote "smart
growth," and also proposes reducing open-space preservation and outdoor
recreation funds. Smart Growth: Weathering the Storm uses APA's recent
report, "Planning for Smart Growth: 2002 State of the States," as one of its
Read "Smart Growth: Weathering the Storm":
USA Today's story: <http://www.nrdc.org/news/newsDetails.asp?nID=579>
APA's report "Planning for Smart Growth: 2002 State of the States":
-- Southeast High Speed Train Route Chosen --
Virginia and North Carolina have announced that the two states will work
together to develop high-speed rail from Washington, D.C. to Richmond, South
Hill, Henderson, Raleigh, Greensboro, and Charlotte. Trains will travel up
to 110 miles per hour from Washington to Charlotte. Studies of nine possible
routes evaluated them for potential impacts on air quality, wetlands,
historic sites, parks, communities, and businesses, and assessed engineering
feasibility, revenue, ridership, costs, and public and agency input. The
analysis indicated that the route that the route chosen would have the best
potential for high-speed rail service with the fewest environmental impacts.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation and Virginia Department of
Rail and Public Transportation held 52 information workshops, 18 formal
public hearings, and 14 small group meetings to discuss the project and
solicit public input. If the Final Environmental Impact Statement is
satisfactory, the U.S. Department of Transportation will approve the
selected route and the second study phase will begin. If federal funding is
approved, the Washington to Charlotte corridor could be completed as early
as 2010. It would later be extended to Atlanta and Macon, Georgia; Columbia,
South Carolina; and Jacksonville, Florida.
Read about the plans: <http://www.sehsr.org/news/HSRroute.html>
-- Casinos Reportedly Retool Deal with Detroit --
Detroit's casinos will give the city of Detroit $100 million to wipe out its
deficit as part of a new deal with the gaming companies to be announced this
week, the Detroit Free Press reported. Meanwhile, a federal judge has given
the city until April 10 to file papers explaining why they have continued to
allow three casinos to operate in the city after a Federal Court of Appeals
held that the casinos are operating with illegal licenses. That ruling stems
from a five-year battle waged by the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior
Chippewa Indians. The tribe has argued that the city's casino licensing
process was not open and fair. Meanwhile, the Free Press story says that
under the new deal with the three casinos, the city of Detroit will let them
"reduce the number of hotel rooms they will build and will eliminate a
requirement that they contribute more than $60 million over several years
toward minority business development loans." The $100-million payment will
be in addition to allowing the city to keep $150 million the casinos put
forth to assemble riverfront land they will now not be able to use for
permanent casinos, the paper reported.
The Free Press story: <http://www.freep.com/news/casinos/cas26_20020326.htm>

Lac Vieux Desert Band press release:
-- Full 1930 Census Debuts on April 1 --
On Monday, April 1, 2002, the U.S. Bureau of the Census will release
microfilms of original records from the census of 1930. The release date is
based on the 72-year privacy restrictions on census records. According to
the Census Bureau, the paper originals were destroyed shortly after
microfilming in the 1940s. The microfilms will be opened for research at the
National Archives Building in Washington, DC, as well as at 13 of the
National Archives regional facilities across the nation and through the
National Archives rental program. Click here for a complete listing of
National Archives regional locations and opening times. Each set of
microfilms consists of 2,667 rolls of 35-mm schedules and 1,587 rolls of
16-mm soundex indexes.
Read all about the 1930 census:
Find out where the microfilms are: <http://www.nara.gov/nara/gotonara.html>
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