Smart Growth News – January 31, 2013

Bethlehem’s Main Street garners new accolades
WFMZ Allentown (PA) – Jan 30, 2013
Smart Growth America has chosen Main Street as one of its favorite streets in the country.

A new era of Massachusetts smart growth: André Leroux/Greg Bialecki
Providence Journal (RI) – January 30, 2013
Smart growth advocates defend progress in Massachusetts.

Villaraigosa, Granholm on long list of rumored successors to LaHood
The Hill – January 30, 2013
Speculation on Ray LaHood’s replacement as President Obama’s Transportation secretary is focusing on a group of former transportation officials and 2012 presidential campaign surrogates.

The Greening of America’s Capital Cities
NRDC Switchboard – January 30, 2013
Federal Program Develops Innovative Greening Strategies, But Is Anyone Paying Attention?

Ohio’s jobs and transportation Plans: A blueprint for robbing young people
Streetsblog – January 31, 2013
The plan is to borrow $1.5 billion against future Ohio Turnpike revenues, match it with federal funds, and spend it on highways. If you’re a young person living in the state of Ohio — like me — you should be outraged.

In search of ‘Eldertopia’
Atlantic Cities – January 31, 2013
Architecture and planning schools are finally focusing on designing homes and communities we can age into.

Grapevine: Incentives Running on Empty
NJ Biz – January 30, 2013
The state’s Urban Transit Hub and Grow New Jersey tax credit programs are running dry, and a source said the business community is now asking what happens if more “big-time” commercial development opportunities come along.

Local News

Springfield’s Union Station project gets funding boost from MassDevelopment; grant targets site cleanup
The Republican (MA) – January 30, 2013
A grant issued through MassDevelopment’s Brownfields Redevelopment Fund will help pay for the mitigation of environmental issues at Union Station, the site of a new regional transportation center.

Laguna pushes ahead with ‘complete streets’ plan
Orange County Register (CA) – January 30, 2013
The Laguna Beach City Council got the wheels turning Tuesday night on options to make Glenneyre Street a “complete street” friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists.

Phoenix as a walkable city
KJZZ (AZ) – January 30, 2013
In his book, Walkable City, Jeff Speck argues that ‘walkable’ cities are good for our health, environment and economy. (Audio)