Smart Growth News – June 7, 2013

Why No City Can Afford to Forget about Seniors
The Atlantic Cities – June 6, 2013
Where are today’s older Americans going to be living? Here’s one hint: fewer of them are moving to golf resorts in Florida, Arizona, and other Sun Belt centers than you might think.

What are Complete Streets?
AARP – June 6, 2013
AARP is so pleased that transportation planners and engineers are expanding their view and design of travel networks to accommodate all modes of travel, including driving, walking, public transportation and cycling.

Placemaking to Make Friends: The Case of Cleveland’s East 4th Street
DC Streetsblog – June 6, 2013
LOCUS shows that walkable communities aren’t just pretty and good for the environment — they generate wealth. Not all developers are in it to make friends, after all — they want to turn a profit. The good news is, they can do both.

Infill and Adaptive Reuse in Phoenix, Arizona
Global Site Plans – June 6, 2013
There is a coalition in Phoenix that hopes to begin sprawl repair, and even an office within the city to aid in the proliferation of walkable, interesting, and healthy neighborhoods.

Local

Woonsocket Main Street’s Livability Plan Honored by Smart Growth RI
Woonsocket Patch (RI) – June 6, 2013
The plan guides and coordinates public and private investments toward a vibrant downtown Woonsocket where a revitalized Main Street becomes a more attractive and inviting place to live, work and shop.

Indy Gets 1.6M from EPA to Address Brownfields
San Francisco Chronicle – June 6, 2013
Indianapolis is launching a new strategy devoted to cleaning up abandoned industrial sites and sparking development in some of the capital city’s most blighted neighborhoods.

In Transit-tion
Leesburg Today (VA) – June 6, 2013
Golden is one of hundreds of people in Loudoun County who have a growing concern that their lives are about to change drastically.

Conservation Groups Win Grant to Support Pisgah-Nantahala Forest Planning
Citizen-Times (NC) – June 5, 2013
WNCA will analyze and characterize current forest conditions using state-of-the-art conservation planning tools, engage citizens in the planning process and train volunteer “Forest Keepers.”

Pedestrians Will Benefit from Montgomery County BRT
Greater Greater Washington – June 6, 2013
Implemented correctly, Montgomery’s rapid transit plans will add more foot traffic to the county’s major thoroughfares, exponentially increasing pedestrian safety.

Group Plans to Make Fairfield Better for Bikes, Walkers
Fairfield Daily Voice (CT) – June 7, 2013
The policy would follow the recommendations of the National Complete Streets Coalition but would be adjusted to fit Fairfield’s current layout.

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