Smart Growth News – February 6, 2013

Meet the nation’s biggest landlord
NRDC Switchboard – February 6, 2013
Who is the nation’s biggest landlord and developer? We won’t hold you in suspense: it’s the federal government.

Commuter-rail service from Providence to Boston gives a transit-oriented development its ‘backbone’
Progressive Railroading – February 5, 2013
Commuter-rail service is playing a leading role in a transit-oriented development (TOD) project near Providence, R.I., that public- and private-sector leaders hope will give the region’s economy a much-needed boost.

Density vs. Livability
Atlantic Cities – February 6, 2013
The two don’t necessarily go together, according to a new report.

Video: God created Transit
Next City – February 5, 2013
In response to the “farmer” Super Bowl Ad that conflates salt-of-the-earth people and car ownership, Next City’s Diana Lind created a video, in which God created transit.

Local News

Mixed-use on Alpharetta’s horizon (GA) – February 4, 2013
Changes in housing demands could prompt big shift

Ulman accepts sustainability award for Downtown Columbia plan
Baltiore Sun (MD) – February 6, 2013
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman Tuesday accepted the first ever Smart Growth Community Award from the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission recognizing the county’s Downtown Columbia Plan.

Our Views: Walkable cities shape future
The Advocate (LA) – February 5, 2013
Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden placed a priority on creating more walking and bike paths for the city during his first two terms as mayor, and we hope those goals continue to shape his third term.

$1 million in state brownfield tax credits for B.O.B. expansion still in play, say city officials
Michigan Live (MI) – February 6, 2013
Michigan business tax credits previously approved for a massive expansion of the Gilmore Collection’s B.O.B. complex are still in play, although city officials say some approvals remain on the project’s horizon.

Danner on panel at national Smart Growth conference this weekend
Greer Today (SC) – February 6, 2013
Mayor Rick Danner will be a speaker and present a videotaped interview on Greer at this weekend’s New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Kansas City, Mo.