Smart Growth News – September 14, 2012

Top stories:

If You Want Walkable Development, You Must Show That It Pays
The Atlantic Cities – September 13, 2012
“Part of the reason that walkability is being pushed forward is that it’s economically viable. You’re dealing with people for whom design is not on the table. I want to show it as a way to generate value.”

‘Smart growth’ strategies curb car use, greenhouse gas emissions: study Science News – September 13, 2012
A new study finds that smart growth approaches to urban planning could substantially reduce the number of miles that residents drive in a year. The research was published this week in The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy.

Walkable Urbanism Is the Future, and DC Is the Model
Streetsblog – September 13, 2012
In a report released this week called DC: The WalkUP Wake-Up Call, Leinberger explores the six different kinds of “regionally significant” WalkUPs, using Washington, DC as the model. Indeed, he claims DC is the model of walkable urbanism, a pioneer of the trend.

Local news:

Transportation Secretary LaHood visits St. Cloud Friday
St. Cloud Times (MN) – September 13, 2012
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will visit St. Cloud Metro Bus on Friday to make what his office calls a “major transportation funding announcement.”

Shady Grove mixed-use project gets panel approval
Washington Business Journal (DC) – September 11, 2012
The Montgomery County Planning Board has voted for approval of a preliminary plan to convert a county government services complex into a mixed-use development featuring office, retail and residential space near the Shady Grove Metro station.

Frederick County adopts faster growth plan
WTOP (DC) – September 13, 2012
Frederick County is adopting a more aggressive growth plan that state planning officials consider an invitation to residential sprawl.

Las Colinas Development Plans Move Forward
CBS DFW (TX) – September 10, 2012
For a dozen years, bad economies have thwarted plans to turn the heart of Las Colinas into a true urban center, framed by Lake Carolyn. But now, the community is taking a major step toward the development of its Urban Center. The project is called “Water Street.”

Detroit’s Iconic Auto Repair Shop is Reborn a Restaurant
Preservation Nation – September 13, 2012
Vinsetta Garage was built in 1919 and was believed to be the longest-operating repair shop east of the Mississippi until it closed in 2010 when longtime owner Jack Marwil decided to shift gears and attend law school.

In Portland, Ore., bikes rule the road
USA Today – September 10, 2012
City planners, businesses and, yes, the citizens of this Pacific Northwest city have embraced a shifting of gears designed to enhance the quality of urban living with a nod to the environment.

Northwest Indiana’s clogged railroads to get $71M upgrade
Chicago Tribune (IL) – September 13, 2012
Northwestern Indiana’s congested railroad corridors will see some upgrades with $71 million in federal money to help speed the flow of passenger and freight trains and perhaps help progress on a Chicago-to-Detroit high-speed Amtrak rail route.