Smart growth news – October 14

Suburban Welfare Surge
Wall Street Journal, October 10, 2011
“It’s another example of how this is not your mother and father’s suburbs,” said Lawrence Levy, executive dean at Hofstra University’s National Center for Suburban Studies…The causes are a stubborn unemployment rate, the high cost of living in the suburbs and a rash of home foreclosures that sent many working families into poverty, experts said.

Interest in downtown
Desert News (Utah), October 13, 2011
The most common story line from a recent Downtown Alliance survey on the level of interest in downtown Salt Lake City is that young people, particularly those in the 18-24 age group, are the most interested in what the city has to offer.

Federal grants fund 11 public transportation projects in Michigan
Michigan Radio, October 13, 2011
Nine public transportation systems in Michigan have won competitive grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grants announced Thursday total nearly $44 million.

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2011 Commonwealth Awards: paying tribute to Pennsylvania’s smart growth visionaries


Exceptional things are taking place all over the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To honor excellent projects as well as outstanding individuals, 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania is currently accepting entries for its 2011 Commonwealth Awards. The awards recognize policies, initiatives and projects in Pennsylvania that have revitalized existing communities, invested in smart growth, preserved historic and natural resources, implemented land use planning, and/or conserved financial resources.

Individual awards (PDF) are given to citizens or public officials who provide leadership or contributions to their community, take initiative in promoting smart growth principles, advance the objectives of 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, and dedicate service to the public or their community. In 2010, awards were given to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Allen Biehler for his leadership at the agency; Jonathon Schmidt of the Southeastern Pennsylvania First Suburbs Project; and John Milius, who recently rotated off the Cranberry Township Board of Supervisors.

The Commonwealth’s Design Awards (PDF) are given to mixed-use developments, adaptive reuse commercial buildings, affordable housing, town center development, historic preservation projects, regional land use, site/master plans and more.

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