Smart Growth News – April 18, 2013

The Recession Was Anti-Sprawl, Brookings Report Finds
Next City – April 18, 2013
Good if not altogether surprising news for anti-sprawl advocates: Central business districts weathered the recession better than their suburban counterparts, according to a report released Thursday by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, and the economic downturn actually helped stall the outward migration of jobs from downtown areas.

Suburbs Suffered Most Job Losses During Recession, Report Finds
Governing – April 18, 2013
The Great Recession hammered many local economies all across the country, but it was suburban areas that were generally hit the hardest.

Jobs keep creeping out of downtowns
USA Today – April 18, 2013
“Job sprawl continued steadily,” says Elizabeth Kneebone, author of the report and fellow at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program.

City Centers in U.S. Gain Share of Jobs as Suburbs Lose
Bloomberg BusinessWeek – April 18, 2013
The deepest downturn since the Great Depression has interrupted a decades-long trend of jobs steadily moving to the suburbs and hollowing out urban business districts across the U.S., a study finds.

Mayor Rogero Interviewed by Smart Growth America
Metro Pulse (TN) – April 17, 2013
Craig Chester, writing at the website for Smart Growth America, a national organization “dedicated to researching, advocating for and leading coalitions to bring smart growth practices to more communities nationwide,” interviewed Mayor Madeline Rogero about Knoxville’s urban resurgence:

3 Reasons to Keep Amtrak’s Long-Distance Trains Running
Atlantic Cities – April 17, 2013
When it comes to profitability, one of Amtrak’s main three services is not like the others.

Top 10 Cities to Travel Car-Free
Walkscore Blog – April 18, 2013
Car-free trips might be the travel industry’s next big trend.

Local news

Pushing for Complete Streets
Houston Chronicle (TX) – April 18, 2013
The time has come for the city of Houston to embrace a Complete Streets policy.

Complete Streets can help communities
News-Press (FL) – April 17, 2013
Can a complete street help complete a community? A planning effort to change the face of Lehigh Acres is showing the way.

Lee’s Bike and pedestrian safety efforts garner attention
Florida Weekly (FL) – April 17, 2013
Representatives from Lee County shared their experiences with complete streets as a way to make roadways safe for all users at the Southeast Regional Bicycle Safety Summit in Tampa last week.

Metro Transit hangs out help wanted sign
Star Tribune (MN) – April 18, 2013
Metro Transit is hiring up to 100 bus drivers as it prepares for service expansion in 2014 and current bus drivers are tapped to become light-rail train operators.

New Wood Partners Transit-Oriented Community Breaks Ground in San Mateo
Commercial Property Executive – April 18, 2013
The Bay Area is set to see even more apartments hit the market in the near future as developer Wood Partners recently broke ground on a new community in San Mateo.

Just for Fun

What are some of the most ridiculous startup ideas that eventually became successful?
Quora – April 18, 2013
It is possible to create a good startup with a good idea, but great startups are often the result of ideas that would have seemed ridiculous if you had heard them prior to seeing them working.