Smart Growth News – February 4, 2013

Bethlehem’s Main Street recognized by national smart growth group
Express-Times (PA) – February 4, 2013
Bethlehem’s Main Street is largely beloved throughout the Lehigh Valley. It’s also getting some love nationally.

Are Main Streets a thing of the past? Is that OK?
NRDC Switchboard – February 4, 2013
As someone whose job is to promote sustainability in our communities, I sometimes think the traditional American Main Street is a terrific model worth preserving and emulating.

Waco pocket neighborhoods give homebuyers new urban alternative to suburban sprawl
Waco Tribune (TX) – February 4, 2013
As the frozen housing market starts to thaw, some Waco developers are betting on an alternative: a “pocket neighborhood” with smaller houses, low-maintenance lots, with plenty of amenities and common spaces.

Brownfields tax credit serves purpose in development
Boston Globe (MA) – February 3, 2013
THE LSP Association applauds the Patrick administration’s efforts as it evaluates the economic impact of tax credits

Affordable and Luxurious Housing Come Hand in Hand in Vienna
Governing – February 2, 2013
Vienna has figured out how to offer high-quality apartments with low-cost rent and renters’ rights that would be unheard of in the United States. Advocates say it’s a model worth examining.

The Fading Differentiation between City and Suburb
Urban Land – February 1, 2013
A “Great Reset”—the structural change following crisis—is underway. And there are some indicators of how metropolitan areas are evolving through a time of historic upheaval.

Local News

Sprawl Update: Sacramento Supervisors Approve Controversial 2,700-Acre Project
Planetizen – January 2, 2013
The sprawling, 2,700-acre greenfield development called Cordova Hills and its potential conflict with the Metropolitan Transportation Plan/ Sustainable Communities Strategy, the regional plan that complies with with a state law designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions stemming from vehicle emissions

Pedestrian safety is a priority for some counties, but not all
WTOP (VA) – February 3, 2013
“Arlington is doing amazing work, where as Fairfax, not so much,” says Barbara McCann, founder of the National Complete Streets Coalition.

Study: Birmingham needs more bicycle lanes

Observer & Eccentric (MI) – February 4, 2013
A comprehensive Complete Streets study for Birmingham indicates the city has plenty of sidewalks, but falls short when it comes to bicycle lanes.