Smart Growth News – December 21, 2012

Today’s stories:

Light rail plan for Los Angeles International Airport advances
Los Angeles Times (CA) – December 18, 2012
Plans to build a light rail connection to Los Angeles International Airport advanced Monday with the unveiling of four potential station sites that would link to a people mover serving passenger terminals.

An opportunity for downtown revival – December 19, 2012
A confluence of events is opening a window of opportunity for the town to revive its dormant downtown area.

How to Make Privately Owned Public Spaces Truly Open to the Public
The Atlantic Cities – December 17, 2012
Some of the best privately owned public open spaces in downtown San Francisco are, by nature, a little hard to find.

Derided by critics, Cordova Hills still seeks ‘smart growth’
Sacramento Business Journal (CA) – December 21, 2012
While proponents and opponents of Cordova Hills disagree over whether the project is in the right place, within its boundaries the development includes a number of smart-growth features.

Planning organization seeks Complete Streets in tri-city area
Daily Times (NM) – December 20, 2012
San Juan County’s regional planning organization is proposing a project it says will improve streets, raise property values and encourage economic growth.

Sierra Club names BeltLine as one of nation’s best transportation projects
Saporta Report – December 19, 2012
The Sierra Club has named the Atlanta BeltLine as one of the best transportation projects in the country.

Solid Buildings Last: A tale of public housing, reborn
Placemakers – December 20, 2012
In 1940, the newly-formed Wilmington Housing Authority built Nesbitt Court, a 216-unit housing complex on 13 acres, to meet a rapidly increasing demand for housing brought about by new wartime jobs and the workers arriving to fill them.

Feds sign agreement for $1.5B rail money
The Maui News (HI) – December 20, 2012
The federal government Wednesday formally agreed to provide Honolulu with $1.5 billion to build a 20-mile rail line linking the western suburbs of Oahu with the city’s center.