Smart Growth News – January 28, 2013

Smart Growth ideas will help guide transit-oriented development
Honolulu Start Advertiser (HI) – January 28, 2013
In partnership with Smart Growth America, the state Office of Planning prepared a report entitled, “Leveraging State Agency Involvement in Transit-Oriented Development to Strengthen Hawaii’s Economy”

Does transit build stronger communities?
Planetizen – January 28, 2013
The results of a new poll conducted for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution show that even in a notoriously sprawling metro (and perhaps more so), transit riders have a stronger connection to their neighborhoods and the larger region.

The Politics of Public Works
Planetizen – January 28, 2013
Places editor Nancy Levinson argues for an intensified political agenda for architects and urban designers.

There’s a Planning App for That
Planetizen – January 27, 2013
My annual update of the latest apps that support planning.

America’s Most Conservative Green Community
Atlantic Cities – January 28, 2013
There is a very interesting and highly idealistic planned community in the works in northern Idaho.

Local News

Beltline Station Could Cultivate ‘Hip Housing,’ ‘Innovative Businesses’
St. Louis Park Patch (M0) – January 28, 2013
The proposed light rail station could turn the industrial area near the station into a mixed-use neighborhood.

Houston needs a comprehensive sustainability plan for its future
Houston Chronicle – January 25, 2013
The city of Houston is working on several independent planning processes that feel like Band-Aid fixes to big issues that should be contained in a more comprehensive general plan for the city’s future.

Crossroads-area vision: Transportation hub, ‘true’ mixed-use development
Omaha World-Herald (NB) – January 26, 2013
City traffic engineer Murthy Koti said one of the city’s new goals is to create a multi-modal transportation hub in the area to bring people “back from the west.”

Complete Streets Workshop Held in Lynchburg
WSET (VA) – January 25, 2013
The Hill City may be on its way to making its streets safer for everyone.