Smart Growth News – November 12, 2013

Cities Turn to Streetcars to Spur Economic Development
USA Today – November 8, 2013
“They help drive development. They help create a sense of place. They help shape your community… and bring a vitality to your community.”

Is it OK to Kill Cyclists?
The New York Times – November 9, 2013
The social and legal culture of the American road, not to mention the road itself, hasn’t caught up.


Transit is Key to Progress
The Cincinnati Enquirer – November 7, 2013
There is a pent-up market demand for these types of neighborhoods, and Cincinnati has a natural advantage within the region in satisfying it.

TDOT Chief Says $8 Billion Wish List Has Department in Bind
The Tennesseean – November 8, 2013
“Do you have to have every single option available on a car, or are you really just looking for transportation? We’re at the point right now where we’re saying, ‘Let’s provide the transportation.'”

Changing Skyline for a West Schuylkill Site: Time to Bridge Its Moat
The Philadelphia Inquirer – November 9, 2013
With greening projects planned on Market Street – at the Porch and the IRS building – the continuous riverfront promenade from the train station to Penn doesn’t seem so far-fetched. Right now, there is just one missing piece.

Road Worrier: New Urban Workers Want Rail Transit
Raleigh News-Observer (NC) – November 11, 2013
“If I was on a train or a bus or something where I could open my laptop and connect to the Internet, then it’s not a big deal. I could work.”

New Standards Could Make Roadways Usable For All Modes Of Transportation
KJZZ (AZ) – November 8, 2013
“As the business grows and as I hire more people, I want to have them be able to look at this as being an attractive place to work, and so calming down the streets and creating what’s been happening, I think is a catalyst for more retail, more bars and restaurants, those kinds of things that are destination opportunities.”

Lancaster Demolition Clears Way for Smart Growth Initiative
WBFO (NY) – November 8, 2013
Demolition of a complex along West Main Street in the Village of Lancaster is now underway as part of a smart growth revitalization project.