Smart Growth News – October 9, 2013

Millennials, Even Those With Children, are Multimodal and Urban
Better! Cities & Towns – October 8, 2013
Given this generation’s current, heavily urban lifestyle, the suburban choice is likely to be close to the city. Note that parents are less likely to say having a family requires a move to the suburbs.

The Plain Math of Disaster Preparedness: ‘Every Dollar We Spent Saved 5 Dollars in Future Losses’
The Atlantic Cities – October 8, 2013
“As much money as we spend on disasters in this country,” he said, “Our future in disaster preparedness is mitigation and prevention. It’s got to happen.”

LA Study: Open Streets Gives Local Business a Major Boost
Alliance for Biking & Walking – October 7, 2013
A recent study from UCLA’s Luskin Center found that local Los Angeles businesses made 10% more in sales during the June 2013 CicLAvia than during typical Sundays. And businesses that actively participated in the Open Streets event — with vending tables out front, music or signage — saw a phenomenal 57% sales boost.

California Governor Signs Bill Exempting Bike Plans from Environmental Review
Cyclelicious – October 8, 2013
Frazier introduced AB 417 to remove what some observers believe is an abuse of the environmental review process.


Mayor Makes ‘Complete Streets’ Official Policy
The Journal-Star (NE) – October 8, 2013
In the only state where the state transportation department is still called the Department of Roads, the capital city is now a “Complete Streets” town.

The Ladies of Pageland Lane
Bacon’s Rebellion (VA) – October 8, 2013
In Prince William County populist conservatives and liberal smart-growthers have found common ground in fighting Northern Virginia’s proposed Bi-County Parkway.

Incumbent Engen Sees Succes in Missoula’s Economic Efforts
The Missoulian (MT) – October 7, 2013
“There are going to be retail jobs today. There will be other jobs, more economic activity, increased property value and tax base. I think that’s a success story.”

Shutdown Puts Transportation Services in Jeopardy
The Times-News (NC) – October 8, 2013
The federal government shutdown has delayed federal and state funding distributions for the Alamance County Transportation Authority placing future services in jeopardy.

New Report Says Atlanta Bidding Goodbye to Sprawl (Sort Of)
Atlanta Business Journal – October 8, 2013
A new report notes that over the past few years the majority of new development in the Atlanta metro area has been of denser, pedestrian-centric type neighborhoods.

County Lawmakers Pass “Complete Streets”; Astorino Expected to Sign Legislation
Politics on the Hudson (NY) – October 8, 2013
Studies have shown that Complete Streets designs, where applicable, can reduce infrastructure costs and improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

October 9th is International Walk to School Day
WMFE (FL) – October 8, 2013
Transportation for America says Metro Orlando is the most dangerous pedestrian area in the country- with one pedestrian killed each week.