Smart Growth News – January 30, 2013

More Losers Than Winners in America’s New Economic Geography
Atlantic Cities – January 30, 2013
The past couple of decades have seen America sort itself into two distinct nations, as the more highly skilled and affluent have migrated to a relatively small number of cities and metro areas.

The Wildly Different Age Demographics of U.S. Cities
Atlantic Cities – January 29, 2013
The Urban Institute today unveiled a far-reaching data dashboard for metropolitan areas all across the U.S. that visualizes datasets on a long list of quantifiable aspects of urban life.

Ray LaHood Steps Down, Say US is Behind in High Speed Rail
Huffington Post – January 30, 2013
Leaving what he called “the best job I’ve ever had,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood took some parting shots at lawmakers, mainly his fellow Republicans, for lacking a vision on infrastructure proportional to current demands.

It’s Not Easy Being a Transit Advocate in Atlanta
Atlantic Cities – January 29, 2013
Last July, residents of Atlanta took their long pent-up frustration with some of the worst traffic congestion in the country to the voting booth.

Mass transit system could be in the cards for Missouri
MissouriNet (MO) – January 29, 2013
It’s a possibility that Missouri might be looking at getting a mass transit system throughout the state in the future.

Chicago’s Bold BRT Plan Gets Pushback from Businesses
Planetizen – January 30, 2013
The plan being proposed for a new bus-rapid-transit (BRT) line operating along busy Ashland Avenue would limit left turns and see the removal of a traffic lane.

Local News

City looking for input on transit oriented development plan
Press and Guide (MI) – January 30, 2013
The city of Dearborn is taking comments on two visions for how the area around the new train station might eventually look.

Brownfields Program Helps Businesses Revitalize Downtown
KFBB.COM (MT) – January 29, 2013
Downtown Great Falls continues to be revitalized and the Easter Seal Goodwill Headquarters is the newest arrival due to a helpful program.

Winsted’s EPA funding being used to clean up brownfield sites
The Register-Citizen (CT) – January 28, 2013
One of the final projects for Winsted’s line of credit with the Environmental Protection Agency could help the town roll its own brownfields fund.

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