Smart Growth News – September 20, 2012

Top stories:

Young Americans ditch the car
CNN Money – September 17, 2012
The share of new cars purchased by those aged 18-34 dropped 30% in the last five years, according to the car shopping web site

iOS 6 Maps Comes Without Transit Directions, A Wrong Turn For Apple And iPhone Users
Huffington Post – September 19, 2012
Apple’s Maps app for iOS 6 has ditched transit directions. The option to receive station-by-station, stop-by-stop transit instructions directly in Maps has been replaced by a process which, by most accounts, is more cumbersome and less convenient for the user, the exact opposite of the mentality for which Apple products are so renowned.

Feds approve first leg of Calif. high-speed rail
Sacramento Bee (CA) – September 19, 2012
The Federal Railroad Administration gave its approval Wednesday for construction on the first phase of California’s high-speed rail system, clearing the final technical hurdle for construction to start next year on a 65-mile span from Merced to Fresno.

A thriving riverfront. A more active populace. A symbol of progressive design and urban planning. THIS COULD BE YOUR CITY.
Nashville Scene (TN) – September 20, 2012
This summer, the Nashville Civic Design Center, the nonprofit organization that seeks to inspire bolder urban planning and a more beautiful cityscape, turned its attention to one of Nashville’s major eyesores: the industrial waste and scrap yard that occupies a gateway to the city, the East Bank of the Cumberland River alongside I-24.

Local news:

DOT blasted for handling of parking plan
Stamford Advocate (CT) – September 18, 2012
In Stamford, commuters are on edge. In less than three weeks the state Department of Transportation will receive proposals from private developers for how to replace the crumbling train station parking garage. But the DOT wants more than a new garage. It wants Transit-Oriented Development — a complex of housing units and office and retail space.

Officials: Tulare growth plan needs tweaks
Visalia Times-Delta (CA) – September 20, 2012
Transportation will bring development, but exactly what development that will be will have to depend on the private sector. We have to be very careful we don’t mandate things that are not feasible to build [given] the economy in our town,” acting Planning Commission chairwoman Deanne Rocha said.

Downtown prepares for life without TIF
Illinois Times – September 20, 2012
Promoters of downtown Springfield are looking toward the day when the area’s tax-increment financing district is scheduled to dissolve, leaving the city’s core without a dedicated funding source for projects aimed at improving livability and promoting economic development.

Downtown’s Hidden Boom
Jackson Free Press (MS) – September 19, 2012
Downtown Jackson is in the middle of a hidden economic renaissance. This growth will be hard-pressed to continue unless city and state leaders commit to the new mantra of economic development: Jobs follow people.

Editorial and opinion:

New Geography – September 17, 2012
Teleworking (also known as telecommuting) has taken flight as a global trend.