Smart Growth News – February 27, 2013

Look to the Old Confederacy, not the Coasts, for America’s Economic Revival
Planetizen – February 27, 2013
Accounting for 45% of America’s land mass and 30% of its population, the Great Plains, the Intermountain West, the Gulf states, and the Southeastern industrial belt are key to a national revival, says a new report from the Manhattan Institute.

Here’s Barack Obama’s Plan To Fix America’s Crumbling Roads And Bridges
Business Insider – February 26, 2013
Even as Congress remains at a budget impasse, President Barack Obama continues to tout his plans to increase federal investment in the nation’s ailing infrastructure, a $50 billion initiative that the White House claims will spur job creation and economic growth.

Does Light Rail Really Encourage People to Stop Driving?
Atlantic Cities – February 26, 2013
One of the main justifications for building a light rail line is the hope that it will reduce traffic congestion in a corridor, presumably by drawing commuters out of their cars and onto the train.

Columbia: Re-Planning a Planned Community (MD) – February 27, 2013
In the late 1960s James Rouse developed Columbia as a planned, suburban community.

Trend Alert: Church-Oriented Development
Greater Greater Washington (DC) – February 26, 2013
Across the region, cash-strapped churches are taking advantage of their property’s development potential.

Safer streets highlight AARP legislative agenda
Charleston Daily Mail (WV) – February 27, 2013
Finding ways to keep West Virginians safe when they are using public roadways is the number-one goal for the state chapter of the AARP.

Local News

How Should Louisville Engage Its Low-Income Residents in the Civic Process?
Next City – February 26, 2013
The idea of using technology to promote civic engagement is a popular one.

Balancing land use for LI’s remaining acreage
Long Island Business News (NY) – February 27, 2013
Yes, we’re surrounded by water and beaches, but there is more to it. It means that space is at a premium.

Title 21 land-use code passes Assembly after a decade of debate
Anchorage Daily News (AK) – February 27, 2013
The rewrite of the Anchorage land use code that’s been in progress for ten years finally won approval from the Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday night.

A New Push For Commuter Rail in New Hampshire
NPR State Impact – February 26, 2013
Despite concern from opponents about costs, supporters of bringing commuter rail back to the Granite State are determined to keep momentum on track.

Just For Fun

The Legendary Rasta London Tube Announcer that Focuses on the Positive – February 27, 2013
When was the last time a public-transit employee wished you “nice positive vibrations” and a day with everything “crisp to the maximum”?