Smart Growth News – August 19, 2013

500+ Complete Streets Policies in Place, but Not the Most Important One
Streetsblog DC – August 16, 2013
Complete streets policies have passed in 29 states (including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico), 45 metropolitan planning organizations, 39 counties and 412 cities. That’s pretty good for a movement that started off eight years ago with a goal of policies in five states and 25 communities.

Local Businesses Need Not Fear New Bike Lanes, Study Suggests
Think Progress – August 16, 2013
The construction of the bike lanes had no discernible impact on the Greenwood Ave. district’s sales versus the other areas.

Revitalization Outlook: What Strategies Can Help Make Urban Cores More Vibrant?
Urban Land Institute – August 16, 2013
Members of ULI’s Urban Revitalization Council discuss ways to catalyze investment and development in the urban core, the demographic factors influencing the popularity of urban living, and how different sectors of the real estate market are faring in the urban core.


Letter: Rep. Frank LoBiondo Looks Out for Pedestrian Safety
NJ (dot) com – August 18, 2013

“I would like to thank LoBiondo for co-sponsoring the Safe Streets Act of 2013 (HR2468).”

Pedestrian, Bike Advocates Gather to Discuss Safe Routes for Students
The Sacramento Bee (CA) – August 16, 2013
A main goal of the conference was to give participants the tools to resolve barriers that exist in their communities, according to Deb Hubsmith, director of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, which sponsored the conference.

Brown and Brownfields
The Toledo Blade (OH) – August 19, 2013
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) is proposing useful legislation that would modernize and improve key elements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s brownfields program by providing new tools and resources to local communities.

Sandy Report Coming Monday
Press of Atlantic City (NJ) – August 18, 2013
Peter Kasabach, director of New Jersey Future, says he hopes the report suggests counties beef up hazard mitigation plans. The plans typically are used to help communities prepare for and, in some cases, respond to various types of disasters.

Germantown Streamlines Policy for Business Development
The Memphis Business Journal – August 16, 2013
The city has revised its Smart Growth Partnership Program which provides incentives for projects in approved five development districts in Germantown.