Smart growth news – November 17

High-tech HQ leaving suburbs for downtown
Kansas City Star, November 16, 2011
It’s believed to be the first significant suburban company to make the switch downtown since a multi-billion-dollar revival began a decade ago. The firm said it thought a downtown location would boost the recruiting of younger and more tech-savvy employees.

Data show Maine population growing in suburban areas
The Morning Sentinel (Maine), November 17, 2011
Overall, the state of Maine experienced net growth during the first decade of this century. Richert said many urban areas in Maine had growth of up to 5 percent. But suburban areas grew faster. And that growth poses problems with agriculture and production in Maine

Brady District revitalization helped by TIF status
Tulsa World (Okla.), November 17, 2011
In 1993, when the city introduced “tax increment financing” in the Brady District, officials described it as the spark that would ignite downtown revitalization. And now, 18 years later, redevelopment is raging through the Brady District, where more than $80 million in construction is either under way or planned for the near future.

Las Vegas working on way to curb blight of foreclosure
Las Vegas Sun, November 16, 2011
To combat the glut of blighted, vacant homes plaguing its neighborhoods, Las Vegas is working to create a registry to monitor foreclosed properties and hold their owners accountable for their upkeep.

Car Strikes Activist for Pedestrian Safety, Killing Her
New York Times, November 16, 2011
Patricia Dolan, an activist in Queens who refused to drive and fought tirelessly for pedestrian safety, was struck and killed by a car Tuesday night, the police said, after stepping off a bus two blocks from a transportation committee meeting she was planning to attend.

A new book says ‘smaller’ cities could be the way of the future
The Phoenix (Boston), November 16, 2011
In her new book, Tumber argues that the best hope for an economically revitalized, greener America — one no longer built on carbon-based economies — comes from the kinds of smaller industrial cities that have in many cases been given up for dead: from Flint and Youngstown to Springfield and Lowell. Tumber sees cities like these — with their small, manageable infrastructures and history of industrial manufacturing — as the potential epicenters for the US’s emerging green economy, as well as for small-scale farming. We talked about these issues and more over lunch and via e-mail — and we also talked about the big-city dweller’s prejudice against smaller cities.

Opinion and Editorial

Expressway to economic growth
Politico, November 16, 2011
The path to reauthorize our highway and transit programs since the previous highway bill expired has been as bumpy and dysfunctional as the roads we drive and the subways we crowd. America’s crumbling bridges, decaying transit assets and unsafe roads are indicative of Congress’s neglect in passing a long-term surface transportation reauthorization.