Smart Growth News – December 4, 2012

Today’s stories:

American cities to Millennials: Don’t leave
USA Today – December 4, 2012
The hot pursuit of young professionals has been at the core of American cities’ urban revival for more than a decade. It worked. They came, they played, they stayed.

The Top 10 Smartest Cities In North America
Fast CoExist – December 3, 2012
Which cities are pushing the envelope of technology, sustainability, and better living conditions?

Brown Seeks Sovereign Wealth to Back High-Speed Rail Line
Business Week – December 3, 2012
California is courting sovereign- wealth funds, pensions and endowments for more than $50 billion to build Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed bullet train to link the state’s largest cities, the most expensive public-works project in U.S. history.

Contrary To Popular Belief, Los Angeles Has A Dense, Urban Center
Los Angeles Weekly (CA) – November 30, 2012
The city of L.A. certainly has a core, with some of the densest neighborhoods west of the Mississippi river thriving just west of downtown. It’s a point made recently in award-winning research by USC graduate Samuel Krueger.

State taps sites for ‘brownfields’ clean-up assistance
Boston Globe (MA) – December 1, 2012
Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray announced Thursday that former industrial sites in Hyde Park, ­Amesbury, Fitchburg, Ludlow, and New Bedford have been ­selected for clean-up assistance from the state’s brownfields support team.

City proclaims its identity with public artwork
Sacramento Bee (CA) – December 2, 2012
Thanks to the efforts of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, clearer (and cleaner) heads prevailed, and Sacramento landed a prominent example of truly large-scale sculpture that has been a staple in other major cities for decades. It was, in fact, one giant leap for Sacramento.

Capital Bikeshare expansion stalls due to lack of materials
Washington Post – December 3, 2012
The District’s long-planned expansion of Capital Bikeshare this fall has hit a snag because the city has been unable to get all of the needed equipment from its supplier, officials said Monday.

Chinatrust Bank to move U.S. headquarters to downtown L.A.
Los Angeles Times (CA) – December 3, 2012
The bank’s decision to move from Torrance is part of a recent trend to be in the financial district in downtown Los Angeles.