Smart Growth News – April 4, 2014

Residents of compact metro areas do better financially: Study
Voice of Russia – April 4, 2014
A report released this week by Smart Growth America and the University of Utah’s Metropolitan Urban Center shows that “People in compact, connected metropolitan regions are more likely to move up the economic ladder.”

There’s a difference between sprawl and smart growth
Spokesman-Review (WA) – April 4, 2014
Does Spokane have a bad case of sprawl? Or is the condition in check?

Strategies for Big Cities to Streamline Development Services
Planetizen – April 4, 2014
Kevin Keller, Director of Planning and Housing Policy under Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, provides insight into the city’s development services reform.

Time for Nashville to grow smart
Tennessean – April 4, 2014
The Nashville metropolitan area is growing fast. But is it going to grow smart?

Light rail to Miami Beach may cost $532 million
Miami Herald (FL) – April 3, 2014
Though the project is still in a very early stage, the mayors’ agreement to seek funding as partners signaled that three key municipalities in the county are serious about taking the enterprise to the design and construction phase sometime in the future.

Local News

Fairfax City is starting to lay down a strong foundation for smarter growth
Greater Greater Washington (DC) – April 3, 2014
The City of Fairfax has long struggled to establish a clear vision for future development.

Phoenix Considers $500K Predevelopment TOD Grant Program
Arizona Builders Exchange – April 2, 2014
Developers planning innovative transit-oriented projects in Phoenix may find the city ready to offset some of the predevelopment costs with a competitive grant program.

D.C. area condo market driven by affordability, lifestyle choices
Washington Post (DC) – April 4, 2014
Affordability and lifestyle choices are often the biggest factors driving Washington area buyers into the condominium and townhouse market.