Smart Growth News – April 4, 2013

Does the Post Office Deliver in Today’s Urban Culture?
New Geography – April 3, 2013
The post office and the church are just two of the many building types which once occupied central places in our communities, but have become obsolete due to cultural, economic, and demographic shifts. To what lengths should we go to preserve them?

How walkable is your neighborhood?
Honolulu Magazine (HI) – April 4, 2013
There are two notable national observances this week of which you should be aware: The first Wednesday in April is National Walking Day (created by the American Heart Association) and the first Friday in April is National Walk to Work Day (created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).

Using Different Colored Streets To Keep Our Cities Cool
Fast Company – April 2, 2013
All the black asphalt roads capture tons of heat, making cities sweltering in the summer, which in turns makes them more expensive to cool.

An Easier Way To Fight Sprawl
Planetizen – April 4, 2013
It seems fitting to start a new blog with a sweeping declaration so here’s one to shout from the rooftops: sprawl is bad.

Live Blogging, Christopher Leinberger (Placemaking Conference)
OKC Central (OK) – April 3, 2013
Talking about downtown Chattanooga, Tenn. which he did a study for.

Placemaking Gets Freaky
Placeshakers – April 1, 2013
For reasons unknown, the more, err, colorful characters of the public realm seem to find my personal space especially attractive.

Local News

New Storrs Center Showcases Smart Growth
Hartford Courant (CT) – April 4, 2013
The University of Connecticut was placed in an ideal spot for its original 19th-century purpose, an agricultural school. But as it evolved into a multi-faceted research university, the location became something of a challenge.

Livable. Walkable. Federal?
Washington City Paper (DC) – April 4, 2013
“How many of you go to L’Enfant Plaza to dine or for entertainment?” the General Services Administration’s Genevieve Hanson asked a crowd of about 50 developers and interested members of the public last week. Two hands went up.

A Light Rail Public-Private Partnership in Virginia Beach?
Bacons Rebellion (VA) – April 3, 2013
Philip Shucet, savior of the runaway train project that was Norfolk Light Rail, has submitted a proposal to to extend the rail line into Virginia Beach.

Overhaul in the works for Miami’s famed Flagler Street
South Florida Business Journal – April 3, 2013
The Related Group’s interest in turning part of South Miami Avenue in the Brickell area into a pedestrian mall is an idea Miami stakeholders and officials want for part of Flagler Street.

Complete Streets Committee Finishes Report On Middletown Bicycle And Pedestrian Amenities
Hartford Courant (CT) – April 4, 2013
The Complete Streets Committee has recommended a host of steps to make the city more friendly to bicyclists and pedestrians, including adding bicycle lanes and signage, updating ordinances and revising regulations for new development.

City Will Add 70 Miles of Bike Lanes by the End of 2014
Dallas Observer (TX) – April 4, 2013
The city of Dallas has been criticized at times for the agonizingly slow implementation of its 2011 Dallas Bike Plan.

Mixed Use Shipping Container Structure to be A First in St. Louis
Jetson Green – April 4, 2013
Shortly after returning from Italy, where he was project manger on several villa rehabilitations, to St. Louis, Missouri, developer Patrick Barnidge has started his own firm, Delsa Development, under which he has proposed a mixed-use container structure.