Smart Growth News – January 14, 2013

Smart Growth News for January 14, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in Central Florida land-development case
Orlando Sentinel (FL) – January 13, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in a Central Florida property-rights case that began two decades ago when the owner of some land along State Road 50 in east Orange County sought permission to fill in some wetlands so he could build on the property.

Why walkable communities, sustainable economics, and multilateral diplomacy are the future of American power
Foreign Policy – January 12, 2013
America must once again start at home. For a limited time, it will be able to transition its economy to generate sustainable prosperity from deep pools of demand and underutilized capital.

Can small mixed-use projects succeed?
Planetizen – January 14, 2013
Amanda Kerr reports on a trend in small mixed-use developments in southeastern Virginia. Can such projects succeed while larger mixed-use developments in the region struggle?

Infographic: Following MAP-21 Funding – January 14, 2013
The new federal transportation bill, MAP-21, reinforces the critical importance of state and local bicycle advocacy.

Does Human Capital Tend to Cluster in Center Cities or the Suburbs?
Atlantic Cities – January 14, 2013
It’s now conventional wisdom that human capital (what economists call educated people) is a key factor in the growth of cities and metro regions.

Local News

Mixed-Use project underway near planned Expo line stop in Palms
Los Angeles Times (CA) – January 13, 2013
Work has begun on a $30-million apartment and retail complex in Palms near a planned station for the Expo Line, which will connect downtown Los Angeles with Santa Monica.

Resolving to Drive Less
Ashland Daily Tidings (OR) – January 12, 2013
Author Jeff Speck’s new book “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time” has some eye-opening information that could have you revising your New Year’s resolutions.

Mixed-Use Zone near FrontRunner Station Approved
Standard Examiner (UT) – January 13, 2013
A new mixed-use zone has been approved, and it is expected to play a role in development of land near the city’s Front-Runner light rail station.

River Road residents blast ‘Waukegan sprawl’ 
Lake County News-Sun (IL) – January 12, 2013
The debate over whether or not 155 townhomes will take root near River Road and Route 120 began in earnest Thursday night when the city’s planning & zoning commission listened to more than two hours of often-emotional testimony from a capacity crowd.