Smart Growth News – November 13, 2012

Top stories:

More women drivers than men on U.S. roads now
USA Today – November 12, 2012
More women than men now have driver’s licenses, a reversal of a longtime gender gap behind the wheel that transportation researchers say is likely to have safety and economic effects.

Commission to weigh NJ growth plan
New Jersey Record – November 13, 2012
A major plan for how and where New Jersey will focus economic growth, development and land preservation comes up for adoption today by the State Planning Commission, raising hopes of university partnerships with businesses, special incentives for key industries and a fund to reward towns’ best efforts at smart growth.

High Speed Rail Station Site Chosen
CBS Affiliate (FL) – November 12, 2012
The private rail company planning Miami-to-Orlando high speed service has a site for its station in downtown West Palm Beach. All Aboard Florida, part of the Florida East Coast Railroad, plans to add a second set of tracks along its existing line, and bring back passenger service between some of the state’s largest cities.

How to be savvier with public transportation
USA Today – November 12, 2012
Convenience and comfort can be hard to come by on the road. But there are an array of transportation services, apps and deals that allow business travelers to avoid long taxi lines and hit the ground running when they’re out of town, and maybe save money while they’re at it.

Local news:

Cities receive funding for area enhancements
Iowa Press-Citizen – November 12, 2012
The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs announced $1.2 million in Iowa Great Places funding Monday for 10 projects in seven Iowa communities. Iowa City received $152,000 for enhancements and restoration along the Iowa River while Coralville obtained $145,000 to install 10 permanent outdoor sculptures on the Iowa River Landing.

A monumental burden
The Economist – November 12, 2012
Debates over the effect of regulation on the economy typically focus on national rules when quite often it is the local restrictions that end up having the greatest costs. One ongoing regulatory discussion in the city of Washington helps make the point.

Arlington forges ahead with Route 1 streetcar line
Washington Examiner – November 12, 2012
Arlington and Alexandria officials insist that they’ll move ahead with plans to build a streetcar line along Route 1 despite community opposition to the project and disputes between the supporters themselves over how to pay for it.

Somerset’s CityLoft returns to Hudson block in downtown Detroit
Model D Media – November 13, 2012
Pop-up retailers have become “the new black” for holiday shopping in downtown Detroit, and more retail is on the way. “We want to engage and create a great retail destination in downtown Detroit,” says Dan Mullen, director of real-estate development for Bedrock Real Estate Services.