Smart Growth News – February 11, 2013

Group touts Memphis Complete Streets policy in Kansas City
The Commercial Appeal (TN) – February 9, 2013
A national smart-growth conference in Kansas City was told on Friday how Memphis is starting to tailor its streets for pedestrians and cyclists as well as cars.

Nashville to plan growth through 2040
Tennessean (TN) – February 10, 2013
City officials, business owners and community leaders will gather Saturday at the Downtown Public Library to kick off NashvilleNext, a project to develop Nashville’s 2040 general plan. Speakers include Parris Glendening, president of Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute.

Subsudized Sprawl
NWI Times (IN) – February 9, 2013
Federal spending on real estate is more likely to benefit single-family homes than multifamily housing, advocacy group study shows.

Post-Sandy NJ Infrastructure Rehabilitation Must Incorporate Resiliency and Complete Streets
Mobilizing the Region (NJ) – February 9, 2013
Implementing Complete Streets measures like sidewalks and bike lanes on roads and bridges can improve resiliency.

America’s housing stock in need of triage
Planetizen – February 11, 2013
In rising to meet America’s changing housing needs and demands, not every community is positioned to pull it off. What to do? Painful though it is, Ben Brown suggests triage.

Mixed use spaces catching on with entrepreneurs, developers
News Sentinel (TN) – February 11, 2013
Mixed-use spaces give business owners and entrepreneurs the ability to “work more collaboratively, but also give everyone the space to do their thing,” Says Brad Green of Greene & Associates.

Local News

ESLC wins Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission (MD) – February 8, 2013
Eastern Shore Land Conservancy recently was awarded one of Maryland’s first Sustainable Growth Awards at the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis.

Passenger rail service for Western Massachusetts and Connecticut on track for development
The Republican (MA) – February 9, 2013
Want to leave behind high fuel prices, parking problems, drivers who text, roads like skating rinks?

Announcing Walkable Princeton (NJ) – February 11, 2013
Since my recent letter calling for increased housing in the walkable core of Princeton, I’ve received an outpouring of support for a new approach to local land use.

Eastown’s growth: Walkable neighborhoods, support for businesses (MI) – February 8, 2013
“People want to be in walkable districts and they’re beginning to see the value in older buildings,” said Baird Hawkins of Bazzani Associates.