Smart growth news – January 27, 2012

National News:

New Jersey Attempting to Get a Handle on Development
Wall Street Journal – January 27, 2012

After more than two decades of sprawling suburban growth and state agency feuds that led to chaotic regional-planning efforts, the Christie administration is pushing a new vision for future development in New Jersey.

Does Obama Finally Have a Plan to Fix the Housing Mess?
Time – January 27, 2012

In the end, without the backing of Congress all these proposals will more than likely end up being nothing more than a campaign tool for Obama, allowing him to claim that he’s at least trying to alleviate some of the economic hurt brought on by the collapse of the real estate market.

Much heat, little light on housing in Florida debate
Reuters – January 27, 2012

Republicans presidential candidates have taken a hands-off policy on the U.S. housing crisis. At a debate on Thursday in Florida, it devolved into finger pointing.

Local News:

Trackside Developments Catch On
New York Times – January 26, 2012

MORE than a century ago, before the term “transit-oriented development” entered the urban-planning glossary, plenty of it was being built in Westchester: clusters of housing, shops and sometimes industrial buildings close to railroad stations.

Resolution targets U.N. sustainability plan
Atlanta Journal Constitution – January 27, 2012

Senate Resolution 730, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, compares the plan to socialism and communism, saying its “extreme environmentalism, social engineering and global political control” is a threat to the American way of life. SR 730 was referred to committee.

Tampa Bay economic forecast remains mixed at best
Tampa Bay Business Journal – January 27, 2012

“The U.S. economy is bouncing back, and the real estate market will recover as well,” former Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening told the ULI Tampa Bay Trends in Real Estate Conference, Jan. 19, at A La Carte Event Pavilion.

Windsor approves plan for future growth around downtown train station
The Press Democrat – January 27, 2012

In a half-mile radius around the station, urban planners have come up with a vision to enhance the area “as the civic and cultural heart of the downtown.”

Photo gallery: Metro Denver’s planned transit-oriented developments
Denver Business Journal – January 26, 2012

The mixed-use developments, which are next to bus and/or light-rail stations, are springing up along the Regional Transportation District’s light and commuter rail lines. There’s likely a TOD coming soon to a neighborhood near you.

The Post-Recession Power of Small Metros
The Atlantic Cities – January 27, 2012

A new interactive map from the Urban Institute’s MetroTrends research team tracks the growth in jobs since the end of the recession by industry in the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. They’ve charted job gains (and losses) in 16 industries, based on changes in employment number in each sector between June 2009 and October 2011 using Current Employment Statistics data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Can Ontario Really Deliver North America’s Best Smart Growth Plan?
The Atlantic Cities – January 26, 2012

To say that this undertaking took massive amounts of time, process, cooperation, understanding and political will is a gross understatement. It’s a remarkable achievement unequaled by anything similar to date in the U.S. But how does it all look now, a few years down the road since the plan’s 2006 adoption?

Opinion and Editorial:

‘Hotlanta’ isn’t what it once was
Atlanta Journal Constitution – January 25, 2012

The Brookings Institution Global Metro Monitor ranked Atlanta as the 89th fastest-growing metropolitan area of the world’s 200 largest between 1993 and 2007. Recent rankings showed the city among the weakest economically — 189 out of the top 200 in the world.

Does California Need High-Speed Rail?
New York Times – January 27, 2012

President Obama and Newt Gingrich can agree on at least one priority: high-speed rail. But Floridians decided they would rather not have one. Now the debate is raging on the West Coast.

The MBTA’s Fiscal Crisis Hinders Economic Growth, Harms Environment
BostInno – January 26, 2012

Specifically, MetroFuture anticipates that two-thirds of all new housing and jobs from 2000 – 2030 will occur within one mile of fixed route transit service, allowing people to live, work, and play with less reliance on the automobile. The result will be slower growth in congestion, improved air quality, and better access to labor for employers, when compared to a future scenario based on trends of the 1980s and 1990s.

At last, Buffalo’s fair share
The Buffalo News – January 27, 2012

We understand why other upstate cities are covetous of the billion dollars’ worth of affection that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is prepared to lavish on Buffalo. They want some loving, too. We might feel the same in their shoes.

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