Smart Growth News – February 26, 2013

Complete Streets: Traffic program adds pedestrians, bicyclists to the equation
Sun Sentinel (FL) – February 25, 2013
West Palm Beach became a model for the Complete Streets concept even before the term was coined in 2003. With CityPlace, the city showed that a development could have a pedestrian focus while at the same time revitalizing a neighborhood and providing economic vitality, said Stefanie Seskin, deputy director of the National Complete Streets Coalition.

Is the President Just Talk on Infrastructure? – February 26, 2013
It’s becoming a bit of a running gag in the transportation community: President Obama is one of the loudest supporters for spending money on improving the nation’s infrastructure.

Group seeking ‘brownfield’ sites for development
News-Sentinel (IN) – February 24, 2013
The Northeast Indiana Brownfield Coalition has scheduled meetings in each of its seven counties to explain a program to assess potential brownfield properties

Renting your car out to others takes 14 vehicles off the road – February 25, 2013
Conventional wisdom says leaving your car in your garage or office parking lot all day saves fuel, lessens pollution and helps the environment.

Local News

ESLC wins Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission
Star Democrat (MD) – February 26, 2013
Eastern Shore Land Conservancy Tuesday was awarded one of Maryland’s first Sustainable Growth Awards at the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis.

Walk Tucson: Tactical urbanism meets wayfinding
Tucson Velo – February 25, 2013
I’m attracted to the idea of Tactical Urbanism, which uses quick, often temporary, cheap projects to make a small part of our city more vibrant, lively, or enjoyable.

Can Syracuse Resurrect it’s Street Life?
Atlantic Cities- February 26, 2013
Syracuse’s urban fabric has not fared well since a wave of post-war suburbanization.

$850 Million Expansion Planned for Boston’s South Station
Planetizen – February 26, 2013
Governor Deval Patrick is set to unveil a key piece of his multi-billion dollar plan for reinvigorating Massachusetts’ beleaguered transportation system: an $850 million expansion of congested South Station. Martine Powers describes the project.

Health board backs initiative to make streets pedestrian and bicycle-friendly
Daily Telegram (MI) – February 25, 2013
An initiative to make streets more friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists received unanimous backing Wednesday from the Lenawee County health board.