Smart growth news – October 5

EPA Programs Offer Communities Smart-Growth Solutions
Builder Magazine, October 4, 2011
The agency has put together a toolkit of proven techniques to help communities find smart-growth answers for challenges they face.

Area lawmakers want changes to state’s Smart Growth law
The Lakeland Times (Wis.), October 4, 2011
The state’s comprehensive planning law, also known as Smart Growth, has long been a thorn in the side of property rights advocates, even if stormier protests have subsided in recent years, but now several northern Wisconsin lawmakers are making another attempt to modify the statute.

Urban analysis
Boston Globe, October 3, 2011
What makes a location a good place to set up shop? Is it a nearby T station, or visibility on a busy corner? Is it better to be in the midst of a strip with lots of other stores, or within a 10-minute walk of many offices?

Report: Public transportation reduces delays
American City & County, October 4, 2011
Public transportation saved commuters millions of hours of delay and millions of gallons of gas during 2010, according to a new report from the College Station, Texas-based Texas Transportation Institute (TTI). TTI’s 2011 Urban Mobility Report, released Sept. 27, which studied traffic congestion in 439 urban areas, also concludes that relieving congestion will be critical to keep up with job growth as the economy rebounds.

Cities lure bicycle riders with new racks
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), October 3, 2011
Hoping to lessen the gridlock and parking hassles, Worthington and other central Ohio communities are making walking and biking a priority.

Mixed-Use Retail Development Slashes Prices, Sells Out
GlobeSt.com, October 3, 2011
After brokers launched an aggressive sales and marketing campaign, commercial space at Signature Place, a mixed-use development in Downtown St. Petersburg, finally sold out. Colliers International Tampa Bay sold 56,000 square feet of commercial space within the complex to office and retail users.

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America At A Loss For Transportation Funds
Forbes, October 3, 2011
The United States has to find new ways to pay for roads and bridges—either through technological or financial innovation—or else learn to live without them, experts agreed at a Metropolitan Planning Council forum in Chicago Monday.

Will American Paranoia Stifle Road Repairs?
Forbes, October 3, 2011
One of the most promising options for funding roads, highways, and bridges in America faces opposition from Americans who think the government will use it to spy on them, a transportation policy expert said in Chicago Monday.

Bainbridge councilwoman to head statewide ‘smart growth’ organization
Kitsap Sun (Wash.), October 3, 2011
Bainbridge Island City Councilwoman Hilary Franz began her new job Monday as the executive director of Futurewise, a statewide “smart growth” advocacy organization.

Opinion

Transportation key to growth
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 3, 2011
Cities today are battling many challenges. Growing unemployment, deteriorating infrastructure, finite water supplies, congestion and shrinking budgets plague some of America’s biggest urban centers.

New York’s new tool for troubled properties
Rochester City Newspaper, October 5, 2011
Cities across New York have struggled with vacant commercial and residential properties and the issues that accompany them for decades. But there’s a new tool to deal with the problem: the state has passed a law that lets cities or counties form land banks.

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