Smart growth news – August 8

America is Broken: Five Ways to Fix the Nation
International Business Times, August 6, 2011
1) Create a federal iBank — a public-private partnership to fund infrastructure investment in the nation. The infrastructure bank, or iBank, can get projects done including repair and building of subways, highways, bridges, dams and waterways without busting the budget.

Developing Dover: Measured growth, mixed use in Garrison City’s future
Fosters Daily Democrat (N.H.), August 7, 2011
[T]he Dover of five to 10 years from now will look like a more urbanized version of what can be seen today. Yes, mixed use development is coming, but what appears to be in the books for the city works hard to preserve the Hometown, USA attributes that make it such a desirable place to live.

No-charge Main trolley service fuels local ridership boom
The Durango Herald (Colo.), August 6, 2011
Public transportation in Durango isn’t your usual bus service. For starters, the most popular of its “buses” actually are trolley cars on wheels. And residents and visitors alike are exceptionally fond of the service.

Several new developments in progress despite national economy
Hudson Reporter (N.J.), August 7, 2011
While the nation still suffers from a slow economy, a number of luxury residential developments are rising from North Bergen to Jersey City, likely fueled by the proximity to Manhattan and to several forms of public transportation.

Businesses thriving in downtown Dover
The Times-Reporter (Ohio), August 7, 2011
The city’s downtown business district really isn’t a typical business district, but the businesses in it — for the most part — are thriving, according to Mayor Richard Homrighausen.

Emotions continue to boil over backcountry plan
North County Times (Calif.), August 7, 2011
A landmark guide to backcountry growth was adopted by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors this week, capping 13 years of rough-and-tumble debate. At least that was the hope. In reality, emotions continue to boil. That’s in part because the board, moments after approving the General Plan Update on Tuesday, initiated a new round of hearings set for November to consider nearly 200 property requests that failed to make it into the document —- which is considered a “smart growth” plan.

Apartments pitched for downtown Knoxville’s Marble Alley site
Knoxville News Sentinel (Ky.), August 6, 2011
A Georgia developer said Thursday that he has a contract to potentially develop an apartment community on a portion of the county-owned State Street site, which is bounded by State Street, Commerce Avenue, South Central Street and Union Avenue.