Smart growth news – October 3

Pasco official says city reaps benefits from smart growth
Tri-City Herald (Wash.), October 1, 2011
Properly managed growth can increase benefits and reduce some of the drawbacks, Pasco City Manager Gary Crutchfield told about 50 people Friday at the Columbia Basin Badger Forum at the Pasco Red Lion.

Group promotes ‘walkability’ around Kennett Square
The Daily Local News (Pa.), October 3, 2011
Activate Chester County, a local community health initiative, is planning to petition three southern Chester County municipalities to expand the area’s “walkability.”

Has the Renaissance of Downtowns Been Overhyped?
The Atlantic Cities, September 30, 2011
The relative resiliency of many downtowns in face of these problems encouraged some in the national media to announce an unprecedented shift back into central business districts following decades of the suburbanization of employment. After losing a significant share of the market to suburban office parks, could downtowns finally be hitting their stride?

Oklahoma City transit reform is stalled in the slow lane
The Oklahoman, October 2, 2011
Recently released numbers from the U.S. Census show Oklahoma City ranks last among major metropolitan areas in the use of public transit.

Sen. Boxer has high hopes for Obama jobs bill
San Francisco Chronicle, October 1, 2011
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., on Friday characterized President Obama’s American Jobs Act as “what we need right now,” saying it will create thousands of jobs for building transportation and infrastructure projects.

Metro Detroit leaders to unite for public transit
Detroit Free Press, October 1, 2011
Citing statistics that show $1 of public investment in regional transportation corridors leads to $6 in private funds, Flynn said: “Regional transportation is worth the investment.”

Opinion

Shifting the Suburban Paradigm
New York Times, October 2, 2011
Is there anything made in America that’s less innovative than the single-family home?

We already have the infrastructure bank we need
Washington Post, October 1, 2011
The Export-Import Bank of the United States, a self-funded government corporation that carries the full faith and credit of the United States, has been financing multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects and creating American jobs for more than 75 years. Why haven’t you heard of the bank? Because it finances these projects in Jakarta, Santo Domingo and Sofia, instead of in Chicago, Dallas and Boston.

Return to a simpler way of city-making
Pasadena Star-News (Calif.), October 1, 2011
The anti-sprawl nature of what we will call smart urbanism here was also seen as primarily a slap in the face to the very Southland in which we live. The grand sweep of suburbia that is greater Los Angeles from Palm Springs to the sea, hundreds of square miles of cities and towns that were built without feeling the need for a downtown like those elites from the East needed, was good enough for our parents and grandparents who did the building. Why isn’t it good enough for us?

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