SGA News Clips, 5/18/11

Keep city’s North Beach open
Asbury Park Press, 5/17/11
“The Smart Growth America coalition states, ‘There is a common myth that development is good for the local bottom line. But in fact, new residential development demands more in services than it contributes in taxes, and existing residents typically foot the bill. Over 70 ‘cost of community services’ studies conducted nationwide show that residential development costs a municipality more in maintenance costs than farmland and open space.'”

City Council Approves Incentives For Third Smart Growth Development In West El Paso
KFOX14, 5/17/11
“‘It’s exciting in that it’s a return to something that really seems to work,’ said O’Rourke. ‘Young people especially expect to see in the cities that they move to or stay in. And I think it’s going to be one part of the strategy in keeping and retaining young people in El Paso and their families, their investment and their careers.'”

Why Aren’t We Building ‘Emotionally “Connected’ Cities? A Guest Post
The Infrastructurist, 5/17/11
“The Gallup Soul of the Community survey from 2008 to 2010 found strong correlations between peoples’ emotional attachment to the communities they lived in, and higher levels of local GDP. They also found a link between passion for and loyalty to places, and the health of the local economy.”

The Health Benefits of Cycling
The Huffington Post, 5/17/11
“The League of American Bicyclists is the national sponsor of Bike Month — and this week, May 16-20 is the official Bike to Work Week. Biking to work can be a cheaper (no gas, tolls or public transportation fees), greener and, yes, healthier option.”

Company’s Arenas Leave Cities With Big Problems
The New York Times, 5/17/11
“The plan sounded great during the real estate boom: build a midsize arena, stuff it with sports, music acts and monster trucks and create a centerpiece for the new city center being developed on a dusty mesa here, 20 miles north of downtown Albuquerque.
But trouble started almost from the day the doors of Santa Ana Star Center opened in 2006.”