Smart Growth News – June 12, 2013

Filner’s New City Planning Director
San Deigo Union-Tribune – June 11, 2013
Fulton, 57, a former mayor of Ventura, currently is vice president for policy and programs at Smart Growth America.

Changing Work Dynamics Helping Shape Urban Work Environments
MiBiz – June 9, 2013
A recent Smart Growth America survey, “Building Better Budgets,” concluded that developing in dense urban areas cuts down on city infrastructure costs by 38 percent.

The Future of Home Sweet Home Part 1: Housing
AARP – June 11, 2013
In this episode, Parris Glendening, former governor of Maryland and president of Smart Growth Americaʼs Leadership Institute, and Ellen Dunham-Jones, professor of architecture and urban design at Georgia Tech, discuss the problems and available solutions to housing and aging in place.

Our Streets Fail to Work for Children
Streetsblog Network – June 11, 2013
More than one out of every 500 children in the state’s eight largest urban districts had been hit by a car in the last five years.


Mayor Pro Tem Ed Gonzalez on the promise of a "redone" Houston

Ed Gonzalez served as a Houston police officer for over 18 years. On the beat, he developed a keen sense of the connection between an active community and a safe one. Now he’s working to create a Houston where more residents can enjoy tight-knit, walkable neighborhoods.

Ed Gonzalez currently serves both as a City Council member and Mayor Pro Tem of Houston, and is a member of Smart Growth America’s Local Leaders Council Advisory Board. Gonzalez notes that many people may not realize that Houston is the fourth largest and most diverse city in America. Gonzalez’s own District H contains a thriving entertainment district, neighborhoods known for historic architecture and landmarks in Texas’ African American and Latino history.

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Smart Growth News – June 11, 2013

It’s Time for City Planners to Adapt to a New Model
Forbes – June 10, 2013
If planning is to be helpful it must see cities first as the economic communities that they were at their beginning.

The Next Big Infrastructure Crisis – Age-Proofing Our Streets?
The Atlantic Cities – June 11, 2013
Aging Americans, Waerstad predicts, are going to experience a lot of pain before we really have infrastructure and systems in place to accommodate them.

Petition Could Powerfully Promote Complete Streets
Better! Cities & Towns – June 7, 2013
This little change, of a “flawed technicality,” could have profound affect on livability and complete streets.

The Future Promise of Sustainable Urban Design
National Real Estate Investor – June 7, 2013
“The ultimate goal is to create what I refer to as net community gain—the surrounding community or neighborhood is better off after, than before, development. ”


Smart Growth News – June 10, 2013

Denver Microhousing Competition Attracts Global Interest
Architectural Record – June 3, 2013
For now, at least, there’s no big push for tiny living spaces. But that could change, as more young urbanites flock to the city’s booming downtown.

Hearing Highlights Importance of Northeast Corridor to U.S. Passenger Rail
U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure – June 7, 2013
Committee leaders called the corridor – Amtrak’s most valuable route – the kind of infrastructure that can be improved upon through smart investment and within existing, realistic budget levels.

Fostering Policy Change to Create More Age-Friendly Communities
AARP – June 7 , 2013
Community aspects ranging from housing and neighborhood design to transportation services must be considered when planning for an aging-friendly community.

Foxx Nears Vote for U.S. Transportation Secretary
CBS Charlotte – June 10, 2013
He received praise from both Democrats and Republicans during a Senate confirmation hearing last month.


Smart Growth News – June 7, 2013

Why No City Can Afford to Forget about Seniors
The Atlantic Cities – June 6, 2013
Where are today’s older Americans going to be living? Here’s one hint: fewer of them are moving to golf resorts in Florida, Arizona, and other Sun Belt centers than you might think.

What are Complete Streets?
AARP – June 6, 2013
AARP is so pleased that transportation planners and engineers are expanding their view and design of travel networks to accommodate all modes of travel, including driving, walking, public transportation and cycling.

Placemaking to Make Friends: The Case of Cleveland’s East 4th Street
DC Streetsblog – June 6, 2013
LOCUS shows that walkable communities aren’t just pretty and good for the environment — they generate wealth. Not all developers are in it to make friends, after all — they want to turn a profit. The good news is, they can do both.

Infill and Adaptive Reuse in Phoenix, Arizona
Global Site Plans – June 6, 2013
There is a coalition in Phoenix that hopes to begin sprawl repair, and even an office within the city to aid in the proliferation of walkable, interesting, and healthy neighborhoods.


Smart Growth News – June 6, 2013

Charles Smarter Growth Alliance Rallies for Better Planning
Southern Maryland Newspapers – June 5, 2013
“Charles County right now is at that pinch point,” said Terry Cummings, Maryland advocacy manager for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. “The rest of the state is watching. Charles County can either lead, or it cannot.”

What We Can Learn About a City by Mapping its Parks
The Atlantic Cities – June 5, 2013
All of this data comes from the Trust for Public Land, which released an updated annual ParkScore ranking today of the park systems in America’s 50 largest cities.

Salt Lake City: How a Remote Red-State City Became a Transit Leader
DC Streetsblog – June 5, 2013
It’s number one in the nation in per-capita transit spending. The only city in the country building light rail, bus rapid transit, streetcars and commuter rail at the same time. And that city — Salt Lake City — is a town of just over 180,000 in a remote setting in a red state.

Detroit Gets Its First Taste of the Whole Foods Effect
Next City – June 5, 2013
But development aside, the most encouraging part of Whole Foods’ arrival is that 72 percent of the people the company hired live in Detroit. Not the suburbs. Not the exurbs. The city.


LOCUS on America's changing development needs at The Atlantic's Generations Forum

On Wednesday, May 22, LOCUS Managing Director Christopher Coes joined a panel discussion on America’s new infrastructure needs and livable communities as part of The Atlantic’s Generations Forum.

Moderated by Sommer Mathis, Editor of The Atlantic Cities, the panel also included Sarah Zanton of The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and Sarah Rosen Wartell, President of the Urban Institute. Together they discussed how demographic changes in the United States are affecting the country’s development needs.

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Smart Growth News – June 5, 2013

Sharing Transit Costs Produces Shared Benefits in D.C.’s NoMa Neighborhood
Planetizen – June 4, 2013
“Fifteen years ago, the NoMA of today would have been difficult to imagine,” says Corbalis.

Meet the Big Brains Shaping a New Freight Policy for the U.S.
Streetsblog (DC) – June 4, 2013
And there’s good reason to think they’ll make smart calls. The committee includes many advocates for multimodalism and livability.

Retrofitting the Dream: Housing in the 21st Century, a New Report
New Geography – June 3, 2013
Yet despite this growing “consensus” about the future of housing and home ownership, our analysis of longer-term demographic trends and consumer preferences suggests that the “dream,” although often deferred, remains relevant.

LaHood: Expect “Big” Announcement from Obama on Transportation Funding

Governing – June 4, 2013
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today said that later this year, the president could make a significant announcement about transportation funding — but he offered few details on what, exactly, such an announcement might entail.