Smart growth news – September 7

CEOs Call for Less Regulation, Better Infrastructure
The Wall Street Journal, September 6, 2011
Chief executives of some of the world’s largest companies would support a U.S. effort to update aging infrastructure, financed in part by private money, as a way to create jobs and make U.S. business more competitive.

Maryland gives smart growth another push
NRDC Switchboard, September 7, 2011
I’m of the opinion that the package of (bold, at the time) smart growth policies introduced in Maryland in the 1990s by then-governor Parris Glendening has done a great deal of good, particularly in encouraging revitalization of city and town centers and conservation of rural lands.  No, the smart growth laws have certainly not put an end to sprawl, which I’m sure is as or more disappointing to Glendening than to anyone.

Transportation: Is the sales tax a good route for the future?
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 6, 2011
At a recent event, Chris Leinberger, a real estate and planning expert at the Brookings Institution, said something that caught many by surprise: “Atlanta,” he declared, “is a city that really shouldn’t exist.”

Lower Manhattan: Rising from the ashes
Reuters, September 6, 2011
A decade after the September 11 attacks enveloped Lower Manhattan in a thick gray dust of pulverized buildings and human remains, the surrounding area has become a trendy neighbourhood with a booming population.

The Senate’s “Dr. No” Says He’ll Block An Extension Unless Bike/Ped Is Cut
Streetsblog, September 6, 2011
As calls for a “clean” extension to SAFETEA-LU poured in, Coburn made it clear last week he won’t get with the program. His spokesperson announced that Coburn would try to block the extension if Transportation Enhancements weren’t removed from the bill. About two percent of the federal transportation budget goes to TE, and of that, 57 percent goes to bike/ped projects, with the rest funding streetscaping, historic preservation and other programs.

Strip Mall’s Neighbors Ponder Its Future
WAMU (D.C.), September 6, 2011
“Just think about where we are. We’re less than a mile from a Metro stop. You go anywhere else in the Washington metropolitan region and you’re this close to a Metro stop, you see a lot of development going on,” he says. “For some reason, we’re missing the ball down here.”

Oklahoma City tackles urban sprawl
The Oklahoman, September 7, 2011
More than 500 people attended a meeting Tuesday night in Oklahoma City organized by Ward 2 City Councilman Ed Shadid that discussed the problems associated with urban sprawl.

Fort Collins City Council to weigh urban renewal plan for South College Avenue
The Coloradoan, September 6, 2011
The City Council on Tuesday will consider resolutions adopting a report that found substantial “blight” in the area as well as an urban renewal plan for the area. The moves would make development projects within the area eligible for financial support known as tax-increment financing, or TIF.

Indianapolis-area baby boomers hunt for smaller houses
Indianapolis Star, September 7, 2011
If housing experts are right, boomers — the 77 million Americans ages 47 to 65 — soon may be a sweet spot in an otherwise sour market for new homes. But if you’re a Central Indiana boomer looking to downsize, good luck finding the house you want.

Town to hold meeting on mixed-use development
The Daily Tar Heel, September 6, 2011
The application proposes a rezoning of University Square to construct 275,000 square feet of office space, 40,000 square feet of retail space and 150 apartments.