Smart Growth News- April 25, 2012

National

Home prices hit new post-crisis lows in nine cities, according to Case-Shiller report
The Washington Post- April 25, 2012
Home prices fell in January in 16 of the 19 metropolitan areas measured by the Case-Shiller Home Price Index. See how your city fared.

Infrastructure projects need public support, transportation experts say
The Washington Post- April 23, 2012
A coalition of leading transportation experts hope to marshal public pressure on Congress and the presidential contenders to address the nation’s infrastructure needs.

Smart growth is a start. But it’s not enough.
NRDC Blog- April 24, 2012
I want to follow up on yesterday’s article about placemaking. Reacting to an excellent essay by Ethan Kent, I posited that that the creation and strengthening of great places – great people habitat, if you will – should be a very important part of a “new environmentalism.”

Local

Mount Joy Township seeks ‘smart growth’
Lancaster Online- April 24, 2012
In the future, you might not have to drive as often, and when you do take your car for a spin, it may be to Mount Joy Township’s countryside for a wine-tasting excursion.

Young, rich and childless: What Washington’s new residents mean for the city’s future
The Washington Post- April 24, 2012
In 2003, then-mayor Anthony Williams pledged to attract 100,000 new residents to the District over 10 years. The mayor’s goal was based on research conducted by Alice Rivlin and Carol O’Cleireacain in 2001.

Consortium will address harm caused by suburban sprawl
Cleveland.com- April 24, 2012
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The biggest and most ambitious regional planning effort in half a century is taking aim at suburban sprawl and the economic mayhem it’s causing in Northeast Ohio.

Cleveland envisions a floating office park to lure the creative class
Cleveland.com- April 24, 2012
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Jon Stahl, a flip-flop-wearing CEO, stood on the deck of his future office on a recent afternoon and drank in a boater’s view of downtown Cleveland.

Small farmers at Ellsworth forum say rules for big farms don’t work for them
Bangor Daily News- April 23, 2012
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Maine’s agriculture industry continues to grow and diversify even as farmers grapple with one-size-fits-all regulations, competition from “agribusinesses” elsewhere and the challenges of marketing for small-scale producers.

Population growth in Valley sees big decline
Fresno Bee- April 24, 2012
Population growth in the San Joaquin Valley has slowed considerably, and the region is now expected to have almost one-third fewer people in 2050 than was predicted just five years ago, according to a new study done for area planning agencies.

Downtown waterfront projects rolling along
ABC 13- April 24, 2012
TOLEDO, Ohio – Expect a lot of activity along Toledo’s waterfront, over the next couple of years. For 20-years, downtown crumbled. But several big projects are creating a buzz.

‘Land use goals’ become big issue for city planners
The Sun Chronicle- April 24, 2012
ATTLEBORO – There was little opposition at a hearing on the city’s overhauled comprehensive plan last week, but what opposition there was concerned a big issue.

Prince George’s backs plan to ease the way for pedestrians and cyclists
The Washington Post- April 24, 2012
The Prince George’s County Council unanimously approved a plan Tuesday that would make new developments more welcoming to cyclists and pedestrians, placing the county at the forefront of a movement to limit reliance on cars and reduce pedestrian deaths.

Want $40? Take Public Transit, or Ride A Bike
Millbrae Patch- April 24, 2012
The spirit of Earth Day continues as the City Of Millbrae is encouraging participation in an environmental event going on right now that can make you some quick cash.

Remaking Chicago as a Complete Region, not Just a Global Node
Planetizen- April 23, 2012
After a decade of slow growth and missed opportunities, Scott Bernstein and Kyle Smith, of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, offer a “back to the future” scenario for revitalizing Chicago as a complete region, based on targeted and prioritized reinvestment in the city’s underutilized transportation assets.

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