Smart Growth News – February 21, 2013

Obama Fleshes Out Plans for Infrastructure Projects
The New York Times – February 20, 2013
The White House on Wednesday fleshed out the plans President Obama announced in the State of the Union address to repair the nation’s ailing infrastructure.

Development experts say Winsted needs to grow ‘smarter’
The Register Citizen (CT) – February 21, 2013
If Winsted is going to capitalize on its natural assets, the town is going to have to grow its economic base in a smarter fashion, according to community development advocates.

Is it time to ditch zoning?
Planetizen – February 21, 2013
As mixed-use development increasingly supersedes single-use development, Roger K. Lewis argues that we should retire the word “zoning” and its outdated “characterization of how we plan and shape growth.”

Find your micro apartments in the mall
Next City – February 20, 2013
America’s oldest indoor shopping mall is slated to reopen this spring as a mixed-use development.

Where will all the hipsters go?
Grist – February 21, 2013
Great minds think alike. And so it was that this weekend the country’s two most prestigious daily newspapers both brought us stories of how sleepy, prosperous suburbs of their respective cities are developing hip downtowns with all the accouterments of a gentrified urban neighborhood.

Local News

‘Brownfields grant’ could boost local redevelopment
The Star Press (IL) – February 21, 2013
Yorktown could potentially boost local redevelopment with the help of grant funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Land use and tax revenue in Fairfax County
Bacon’s Rebellion (VA) – February 19, 2013
James Bacon examines how in Washington DC’s suburbs high-density developments produce significantly more tax revenue per acre than low density developments.

‘Smart growth’ a growing trend
Bozeman Daily Chronicle (MT) – February 17, 2013
The re-emerging housing market is as much shaped by the scars left by the market’s collapse as it is by a generational shift as the economy recovers, a recent study shows.

Real Estate Trends: Buyers Seeking Walkable Communities; Vibrant Downtowns
GlenEllyn Patch (IL) – February 21, 2013
House hunters searching for properties are more interested in living in walkable communities like Glen Ellyn.

New East Side Transit-Oriented Development Moves Forward
Commercial Property Executive (PA) – February 20, 2013
The Mosites Co. is planning to build a new multi-modal transit center, with 54,000 square feet of retail, more than 360 residential units and 595 parking spaces in Pittsburgh’s East End neighborhood.