The sustainable communities grants, and even the TIGER funding, pale in comparison to the money that continues to prop up the suburbs, however. Federal highways, to take an obvious example, scarf down more than $40 billion annually. “There’s a huge amount of federal resources going directly into financing real estate — and we’re not even talking about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,” says Preuss. “TIGER and sustainable communities grants are peanuts.”
...so the point you choose to use to denegrate the importance of the initiatives is the one designed to show that the funding isn't comparable to that of federal highways in order to illustrate how ridiculous Republicans are being?
But even peanuts were too much for the Tea Party, which tried to drown the Sustainable Communities Initiative in the bathtub this winter. In December, Tea Party Republicans in the House zeroed out Poticha’s budget in a 2012 appropriations bill. If they’d had their way, it wouldn’t have stopped there. The house bill would have banned HUD from spending money to support “ill-defined rubrics, such as ‘sustainability,’ ‘livability,’ ‘inclusivity,’ and ‘equity.’”
I mean, Preuss is the person quoted earlier in the piece stating the significance of the new focus.
“The major difference now is that (smart growth) is getting White House support, and there is this cross-agency partnership,” Preuss says. “That is a night and day difference.”
"Hey, you're the one pushing this article."
So the information is upsetting to you or is it the fact that I'm "the one pushing this article"?
Whichever or whatever it is, clearly something is upsetting you.