Smart Growth News – February 19, 2013

Area Mayors Honored by Smart Growth America
InfoZine – February 18, 2013
Smart Growth America, a national organization that advocates for people who want to live and work in great neighborhoods, presented its 2013 Leadership Awards to two local mayors.

Meet the Rural Region That Opted for VelociBuses Over Highway Expansion
Streetsblog – February 15, 2013
Smart branding is important for rural transit systems, says Smart Growth America’s Roger Millar.

Realigning Nature and the City
Planeitzen – February 19, 2013
Using two paradigms addressing synergies of nature and the city, Chuck Wolfe contrasts gradually merging animal and human habitats in the United States with calculated greening of city spaces overseas.

Will Streetcars Invade California?
California Planning and Development Report – February 15, 2013
Streetcars are the hottest thing in the downtown revitalization business these days.

Creating Hipsturbia
The New York Times – February 16, 2013
Facing increasing property prices, Brooklyn’s hipsters must decide whether to abandon their lifestyle and recreate it “upstate.”

Local News

The Everywhere Trend – Walkable Neighborhoods
North End (MA) – February 19, 2013
Urban designer Julie Campoli has a new book out called “Made for Walking: Density and Neighborhood Form.”

What is needed for downtown development
Riverside-Brookfield Landmark (IL) – February 16, 2013
Shopping and Restaurants are key to thriving downtown districts.

Moving Beyond the Scars of Urban Renewal
Transit Miami (FL) – February 19, 2013
Value Engineering. What does the term mean to you?

Public transit use in Frederick Co. doubles in last decade (MD) – February 19, 2013
Suzanne Carroll takes the MARC train from Monocacy Station to her job in Rockville every workday. She used to drive, but the I-270 traffic became too stressful, she said.