SGA News Clips, 5/10/11

Avondale residents, business owners join to create ideal communities, 5/6/11
“The building blocks of a city were collected from an assortment of oddities such as Legos, plastic curlers, play blocks and string, but what they eventually represented were ideal communities as envisioned by Old Town Avondale residents and business owners. About 40 residents, business owners and others showed up at the Tri-City West/Thornwood Branch of the Boys & Girls Club, 301 E. Western Ave., earlier this week for a “re-visioning session” in which they played the part of urban planners. James Rojas, a Los Angeles-based urban planner, guided exercises in which participants gathered at separate tables and built their ideal communities and later the focal points of their communities.”

U.S. Government Loves Sustainable Transportation, Issues Stamps To Prove It
AltTransport, 5/9/11
“If you’re still using those plain ol’ American flag stamps, you are losing the future. The United States Postal Service recently issued their new “Go Green” stamps illustrating simple lifestyle changes all of us can make in order to help the environment. Each sheet features 16 different tips, five of which are transportation related: ‘Share rides,’ ‘Choose to walk,’ ‘Ride a bike,’ ‘Use public transportation,’ and ‘Maintain tire pressure.'”

Cities roll out bike-sharing programs
USA Today, 5/9/11
“Several other U.S. cities — including Chicago, Denver, Des Moines, Miami Beach and Minneapolis — launched programs last year, and Boston, New York and San Francisco plan to follow soon. Others are studying the idea, which has proved especially popular on the dozens of college campuses that now offer low-cost bike-sharing options… Several cities, such as Washington, are tapping a Federal Highway Administration fund aimed at relieving congestion and improving air quality to kick-start their programs.”

Residents enlist Sprawl-Busters to fight big box, 5/9/11
“Who ya gonna call? Sprawl-Busters. That’s who some Copley-Fairlawn residents are calling to help in their ongoing effort to stop Walmart from building a megastore in their neighborhood. The man behind Sprawl-Busters is Al Norman. A 64-year-old citizen activist from Massachusetts, Norman has been described as ”the guru of the anti-Walmart movement” by 60 Minutes. Forbes magazine has called him ‘Wal-Mart’s No. 1 Enemy.'”

Greater New Haven’s ‘Brownfields’ sit in costly limbo
The Register Citizen, 5/9/11
“English Station is one of 27 brownfields on a list that cities and towns in Greater New Haven identified to the Connecticut Brownfields Redevelopment Authority as priority sites for reuse. Many are situated near major routes, highways and existing commercial hubs. Some are more isolated. ‘It’s really a positive to be on the list because it attracts developers,’ said Cynthia Petruzzello, vice president and redevelopment project manager for CBRA.”

Asheville’s Strive Not to Drive encourages active transportation for workers, seniors
The Asheville Citizen-Times, 5/6/11
“Organizers of this year’s Strive Not to Drive hope more seniors… trade in their cars for sneakers, bikes and a bus pass. The annual event, which starts May 16, encourages residents to get around town without cars. This year, organizers are organizing walks and bicycle workshops aimed at seniors.Strive Not to Drive is also targeting local businesses. So far, 22 local businesses have agreed to encourage their employees to walk, bike or take the bus during the week.”

Temporium does more for Mount Pleasant than years of VAs
Greater Greater Washington, 5/9/11
“The Temporium capitalized on a key quality of urban living… Its organizers understood that people love living in cities not only because of the convenience of living close to downtown or because of bike lanes, green space, and transit, but because of the rich and multilayered social opportunities and cultural venues available close to home. A 2008 Knight Foundation study found that most of its 46,000 respondents chose the availability of spaces for socialization and entertainment venues as the most significant qualities connecting them to their urban neighborhoods.”