Smart Growth News – July 23, 2013

The Prosperity Agenda: Michigan Cities and Downtown Centers Experiencing Population Growth Despite Challenges
Economics of Place – July 22, 2013
On this month’s Prosperity Agenda we talk with experts about what is driving people to choose to live in Michigan’s largest cities’ and downtown centers despite the challenges facing many of these communities.

White House Threatens to Veto GOP Transportation, Housing Bill
The Hill – July 22, 2013
“The bill severely undermines critical investments in economic and community development programs that drive local innovation.”

Memo to the President: Transportation Choices Boost Economic Choices
NRDC Switchboard – July 22, 2013
President Obama now has the opportunity to reframe transportation more thoroughly as a tool for boosting economic prospects for this generation and the next.

Is Your City Age-Ready?
The Huffington Post – July 22, 2013
Despite the richness of discussion, decision-makers must ask if there are investments being made today. Changes to infrastructure, novel institutional arrangements and expanded services will take time to develop and implement to respond to an older population with unprecedented cultural and income diversity.

Local

Deep Ellum Finally Gets a Neighborhood Grocery Store
culturemapDallas (TX) – July 22, 2013
“There are a lot of people in the city who want to increase its walkability and transportation options. I’m going all in on that trend.”

South Texas Money Management Moving to Downtown San Antonio
San Antonio Business Journal – July 22, 2013
“Fifty percent of our employees are under the age of forty, so the Geekdom project, Southtown, the new street car project, the exciting plans for Hemisfair and The Pearl will all be draws.”

SCL Responds to the Building Industry Association of the Greater Valley
Stockton City Limits (CA) – July 17, 2013
[Building Better Budgets] is important because it provides analytical proof that smart growth is more economically efficient than traditional development, even in the Central Valley, and it’s telling that Mr. Beckman decided not to comment on it.

Just for Fun

Piper the Beltline Cat Sells Prime Real Estate Along Smart-growth Project, Finds New Home
Creative Loafing Atlanta – July 19, 2013
Piper, the stray black cat who became a media celebrity after she (or is it a he?) occupied a drainage pipe along the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail, has found a new home.

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