Smart growth news – August 19

More homebuyers want walkable, transit-served communities
Greater Greater Washington, August 18, 2011
New research shows that a growing number of homebuyers are interested in walkable, transit-served communities, and are willing to sacrifice a bigger house for a better neighborhood.

Car, bus or rail: for some Americans none of above
Reuters, August 19, 2011
More than half a million households in the 100 largest U.S. cities do not have cars or any access to public transportation, according to a study released on Thursday by the Brookings Institution.

Seattle, After Decade of Debate, Approves Tunnel
The New York Times, August 18, 2011
On Tuesday, voters here gave what amounts to a final blessing to a $2 billion, 1.7-mile, 56-foot-wide, deep-bore highway tunnel that will run below downtown skyscrapers and behind a sea wall that holds back Puget Sound.

Not-so-nuclear families
Washington Post, August 18, 2011
Homes in the D.C. region increasingly include housemates beyond the central family, according to new U.S. Census data.

Project to make Mapp Road in Palm City like downtown could start this year
TCPalm.com (Fla.), August 18, 2011
The project’s goal is to build an engaging, comfortable, accessible downtown area and business friendly street. The new look will include wider, shade-covered sidewalks, back-in angled parking, bike lanes, concrete that allows water to filter through, new trash bins, benches, street lights, crosswalks and a sheltered bus stop for school children, county representatives said.

Bike center to open at Downtown’s Riverfront Park
Cincinnati Enquirer, August 18, 2011
“Those services are unique for this region,” said Steve Schuckman, Cincinnati Parks’ superintendent of planning and design. “Downtown commuters can park their bikes there, shower, change clothes and walk to work. People who live Downtown or at The Banks can store their bikes there, and joggers can use the lockers and showers.”

New urban initiatives office lanuches September first
WMUK (Mich.), August 18, 2011
Governor Rick Snyder campaigned on revitalizing Michigan’s cities. This month, he announced his new Office of Urban Initiatives.  Michigan Now’s Chris McCarus reports on what the governor says he wants to do and what his report card is since taking office 8 months ago.

Opinion

Smart growth doesn’t mean no growth
Baltimore Sun, August 18, 2011
I agree with the conclusion of your editorial “Drawing the line on development” (Aug. 10): Smart growth is not no growth. It is growth that maximizes the public investment in existing infrastructure and minimizes costly environmental impact.

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