Smart growth news – September 22

Select Cities See Brain Gain
Wall Street Journal, September 22, 2011
Despite a decade of technological advances that make it possible to work almost anywhere, many of the nation’s most educated people continue to cluster in a handful of dominant metropolitan areas such as Boston, New York and California’s Silicon Valley, according to census data released Thursday.

Which Is America’s Best City?
Business Week, September 20
Ask most people which city they would most want to live in and usually their answers would be shaped by such realities as proximity to their jobs and what they can afford. But suppose you could choose to live anywhere you wanted regardless of cost? What if you could live in a city that offered a wealth of culture, entertainment, good schools, low crime, and plenty of green space? Many people might opt for obvious choices such as New York or San Francisco, but great as they are, data reveal other cities are even better.

Cleveland and Cincinnati among poorest big cities
Houston Chronicle, September 22, 2011
A new census report shows two out of the 10 poorest big cities in the U.S. are in Ohio. The American Community Survey released Thursday shows Cleveland has a 34 percent poverty rate. That makes it the No. 3 poorest city with a population of 200,000 or more, behind Detroit and San Bernardino, Calif.

Affluent suburbs challenge Twin Cities’ unique tax-base sharing law, September 22, 2011
In the 40 years since the Fiscal Disparities Act was passed by the Minnesota Legislature, the Twin Cities’ unique tax-base sharing law has survived multiple court challenges and repeal efforts. Evidently some people don’t like to share!

Maine land use study panel starts work
Associated Press, September 22, 2011
A panel that will study how development will be regulated in Maine’s 10 million-acre Unorganized Territory is starting its work. The Land Use Regulation Commission reform panel holds its first work session Thursday in Bangor. Meetings are expected to be held every two weeks.

Iowa City to back regional planning push
Press Citizen (Iowa), September 21, 2011
The Iowa City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to endorse the East Central Iowa Sustainable Communities Initiative, a push for regional cooperation in an area that encompasses 73 communities, including those in Johnson County.

Pedestrian-bike trail is in works
The Record (N.J.), September 21, 2011
The Planning Department got a smart-growth grant from the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions to identify open spaces along the canal and Pompton Feeder that can connect to form the trail. The district runs through Pompton Lakes, Woodland Park, Clifton, Paterson, Little Falls and Wayne. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Obama, Republicans battle over a bridge
USA Today, September 22, 2011
In the wake of the Bush tax cuts, the federal budget, and the debt ceiling, the battle between President Obama and the congressional Republicans now boils down to a half-century-old bridge in Cincinnati.

Share input on county plan
The Record (Calif.), September 21, 2011
As the county continues to grow, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by building within existing city boundaries instead of growing ever outward.

Opinion: Smart Growth as a political plot? Please
Baltimore Sun, September 21, 2011
Frederick County Commissioner Blaine R. Young’s op-ed piece in The Sun (“Smart Growth politics,” Sept. 20) causes me to write. Mr. Young might be right that Gov. Martin O’Malley’s “PlanMaryland’ is objectionable. Many might say Mr. Young is wrong. The silly part of Mr. Young’s opinion piece is his musing that the governor has proposed this plan to boost the control of this state by “liberal Democrat jurisdictions in the metropolitan areas.”