Smart Growth News – December 11, 2012

Today’s stories:

Breathing Life, and Art, Into a Downtrodden Neighborhood
New York Times – December 8, 2012
The newfound allure of Wynwood is the latest testament to how art — and creative developers, like Tony Goldman, who helped remake SoHo and South Beach — can sprinkle its metaphysical magic and transform even the bleakest places.

City of Philadelphia Wants To Get ‘Instant’ Bicycle Rentals Rolling
CBS Philadelphia (PA) – December 10, 2012
City Hall is now officially pushing a “bike share” program and will be asking City Council to help fund it to get it started.

With Billions Of Transportation Projects Needed, State Looks To Transit-Oriented Development
Hartford Courant (CT) – December 10, 2012
With the state budget in the red and federal aid at risk of plunging in two years, how will Connecticut maintain its highways and expand its mass transit network? At least part of the answer is to draw revenue from successful private development around new transit stations as they’re built, the governor said.

Amtrak breaks Thanksgiving ridership record, again
Washington Post – December 10, 2012
In what is rapidly becoming a post-Thanksgiving tradition, Amtrak has announced that a record-breaking number of riders boarded its trains during the holiday travel week.

54.7 miles of new bike lanes coming to Jersey City, mayor says
The Jersey Journal – December 9, 2012
Jersey City plans to create 54.7 miles of bike lanes and shared bike routes as part of the city’s 365 Days of Green initiative, Mayor Jerramiah Healy announced Thursday.

Detroit’s riverfront design contest draws new visions, names top winners
Detroit Free Press (MI) – December 7, 2012
Designers from as distant as South Korea and England were among the winners in this week’s Detroit by Design 2012 competition, held by the Urban Priorities Committee of AIA Detroit, the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The contest was an attempt to draw forth as many diverse ideas as possible for waterfront development.

More young American adults are leaving the nest
Los Angeles Times (CA) – December 9, 2012
Thanks to improving job prospects and super-low mortgage rates, adults in their 20s and early 30s are moving into their own apartments and buying homes in increasingly greater numbers, according to real estate experts and government statistics.

Bicycle Fatalities Rose 8.7 Percent From 2010 to 2011
Atlantic Cities – December 10, 2012
Bicycle deaths jumped nearly 9 percent from 2010 to 2011, according to data released today by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration.

Kansas City has to step up its game in the 21st century
Kansas City Star – December 10, 2012
Cities, and more specifically their metropolitan areas, are where the action is in the 21st century, economically and culturally. And if Kansas City is going to be competitive moving forward, we need strong leadership, both at City Hall and in the private sector.