Seniors Create Their Own Communities in Cities
Governing – March 7, 2014
More and more seniors are creating naturally occurring retirement communities, forcing cities to rethink zoning laws and how they provide services.
10 Lessons in More Engaging Citizen Engagement
Planetizen – March 7, 2014
With cities seeking to involve diverse voices in city-making to get beyond “the usual suspects,” Vancouver urbanists Brent Toderian and Jillian Glover examine how cities in their region are finding new ways to increase civic participation.
Why Do “Best Places to Work” Rankings Overlook Commuting?
Streetsblog – March 6, 2014
You’ve probably seen one of those rankings for your city that tells people where the “best places to work” are locally.
Urbanizing Metro Detroit’s Suburbia
See Michigan Startup – March 7, 2014
“The concept of city versus suburbs: drop it. It’s obsolete,” says Christopher Leinberger, non-resident senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and former professor and founder of University of Michigan’s graduate real estate development program. “We need a a new lexicon.”
Cities Mobilize to Help Those Threatened by Gentrification
New York Times – March 3, 2014
Cities that have worked for years to attract young professionals who might have once moved to the suburbs are now experimenting with ways to protect a group long deemed expendable — working- and lower-middle class homeowners threatened by gentrification.
Building for Resilience Without the Feds Breathing Down Your Neck
Next City – March 6, 2014
One of New York City’s signature Sandy recovery efforts found itself in the international spotlight earlier this week.
Providence city planners unveil first comprehensive zoning update in 20 years
Providence Journal (RI) – March 5, 2014
Farmers’ markets, food trucks, nightclubs and even bicycle parking would be regulated in the new zoning ordinance proposed for Providence — which hasn’t had a comprehensive update in 20 years.
12 ways to make cities more child-friendly
Spacing – March 4, 2014
For far too long, many people have considered family life and urban life as being mutually exclusive. That trend is slowly reversing, as more and more parents choose to raise their kids in urban areas. However, city builders often fail to consider their smallest, most vulnerable users.
Flint, Michigan, Declares ‘War on Blight’
Planetizen – March 6, 2014
Flint Mayor Dayne Walling used the occasion of his recent State of the City speech to call for a $70 million “war on blight”
In Indianapolis, A Bike Path to Progress
New York Times- March 4, 2014
The trail is putting Indianapolis on the map as a place to see bold innovation.
Smart Growth Helps Combat Climate Change
Huffington Post – March 5, 2014
One opportunity that should be seized upon is the implementation of smart growth principles throughout our communities. Not only do these principles foster economic vitality, respect the environment, and improve quality of life, they also inherently help lower carbon emissions.
Fla. SunRail, Md. Purple Line among DOT ‘new start’ grant winners
The Hill – March 5, 2014
A proposed light rail in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., and a Florida commuter rail extension are among the recommended winners of “new starts” transportation grants in President Obama’s proposed 2015 budget.
Report: NY’s Brownfield Program Pays Off
Globe St. – March 5, 2014
Local communities across New York have received significant direct and indirect economic benefits from the State Brownfield Cleanup Program, according to a new report.
Beltline Visionary Calls For Transit Options, Cap On Sprawl
Curbed Atlanta – March 5, 2014
Whether the relatively brutal winter events of 2014 will evoke change in metro Atlanta’s transportation habits remains to be seen, but it’s a safe bet government officials and local scribes will keep trying to parlay Atlanta’s two-inch-snow malady into a call for large-scale alternate transit — and a control on sprawl.
Town ranked first for safety
Littleton Independent (MA) – March 4, 2014
Littleton recently ranked first in the nation by community improvement organization Smart Growth America for its newly-implemented policy of increasing pedestrian safety. In the same list, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation ranked 11th.
Las Vegas (Of All Places) May Be About to Reinvent Car Ownership
The Atlantic Cities – March 4, 2014
When your boss is Tony Hsieh, it’s not unusual to wind up in a bar for your last meeting of the day.
$302 Billion—Can We Get There?
National Journal – March 4, 2014
Give President Obama credit for (sort of) touching the third rail of modern American politics.
Anti-Smart Growth Tirade Sounds a Lot Like Urbanism
Streetsblog USA – March 3, 2014
What do proponents of healthy cities — or smart growth, if you prefer — really want? Is it top-down government bureaucracy interfering with everyone’s lives, or is it more choices? Like the choice not to live in tract suburbia and drive to work alone each day.
Peru street program ranks as one of best in nation
Kokomo Tribune (IN) – March 2, 2014
Coalition says city has detailed, long-term plan
Is Sprawl Development Simply Unaffordable?
Sourceable.net – March 3, 2014
Sprawl is a development pattern that prioritizes and thus nearly requires automobile use thanks to low density buildings built on previously undeveloped agricultural or “greenfield” sites.
2014 Navigating MAP-21 Workshop Dates Announced
Alliance for Biking & Walking – March 3, 2014
More and more Americans want to live in communities where walking and bicycling are safe, easy, and accessible.
States Reinvest in Once-Abandoned Freight Lines
Planetizen – March 3, 2014
Take 260 trucks off the road for every train, avoid costs for maintaining highways maintenance cost, and create multiple other environmental and economic development advantages—states are reinvesting in their rail lines.
We’re Driving Less, So Should We Stop Building New Roads?
The Atlantic Cities – February 28, 2014
Four charts that point to the merits of fix-it-first road funding.
The Top 12 Movies About Urbanism
Next City – February 28, 2014
Chris and Lisa Leinberger explore how movies play a powerful, if rarely recognized, role in how we understand urbanism, whether they are set in drivable suburban or walkable urban places.
People-friendly streets: They’re not just for big cities anymore
Grist – February 28, 2014
Earlier this month, a pair of senators introduced the Safe Streets Act. The bill would bring “complete streets” principles to federal road funding.
Harbor Point a model for brownfield revitalization
Baltimore Sun (MD) – February 28, 2014
Despite community concerns, the approach to the Baltimore site has been among the best in the nation
America’s Fastest-Growing Cities
Planetizen – February 27, 2014
Forbes recently released its annual list of America’s Fastest-Growing Cities. The list considers both population and economy.
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, has announced the appointment of Senator Thomas R. Carper (D-DE), as chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee. Geoff Anderson, President and CEO of Smart Growth America, issued this statement in response:
“We are pleased to hear of Senator Carper’s appointment as chairman of a key subcommittee helping to write the next version of our nation’s transportation law. Senator Carper brings a pragmatic approach that is coupled with a bold vision for a 21st century transportation system that will benefit communities across the country. Smart Growth America and our alliance of local elected officials, real estate developers and coalition of non-profits look forward to working with him on the upcoming transportation reauthorization, and helping him push for a bill that will allow our communities to make the investments that will improve the nation’s economic competitiveness.”
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) took the first step toward comprehensive tax reform yesterday and introduced a proposal that would have a mixed impact on communities’ efforts to grow in smart, economically efficient ways. Geoff Anderson, President and CEO of Smart Growth America, and Chris Leinberger, President of LOCUS, issued this joint statement in response:
“Above all, we’re glad Congress is finally tackling comprehensive tax reform. Hundreds of billions are currently spent through the tax code on housing and community development and much of this could be spent better than it is today. For anyone who wants to see these incentives achieve their maximum effect—helping Americans access good affordable housing choices in safe, stable, thriving communities, tax reform is a must.
How Housing Is Making America’s Wealth Divide Worse
Atlantic Cities – February 26, 2014
Homeownership has long been a central part of the American Dream. But for many families and communities, it’s turning into a nightmare.
Dave Camp’s Tax Plan: A Brave Start But Lots of Gimmicks
Forbes – February 27, 2014
Give House Ways & Means Committee Chair Dave Camp (R-MI) all the credit in the world for years of hard work developing his tax reform plan. Just don’t look too hard at the blueprint, which he released this afternoon.
How Useful is Walkability: Are You Orientated to Walk?
Planetizen – February 26, 2014
Community Builders recently provided a succinct overview of the literature on walkability. They identified three key elements
Ballet of the Sidewalk
Metropolis Magazine – February 26, 2014
Now that my book Walkable City (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012) has been out for more than a year—and has found a larger audience than I had expected—it seemed a good time to reﬂect on the book’s message, and consider what I might have overlooked.
Obama’s $300B infrastructure plan
The Hill – February 26, 2014
President Obama will announce his plan to spend more than $300 billion over the next four years to fix the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges during a trip to Minnesota on Wednesday.
America’s Weird, Enduring Love Affair With Cars and Houses
The Atlantic – February, 26, 2014
$1 of every $2 Americans spend is on real estate and transportation. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Why urban demographers are right about the trend toward downtowns and walkable suburbs
NRDC Switchboard – February 25, 2014
Half of all new housing demand between now and 2040 will be for attached homes, the other half for small-lot homes. The demand for large-lot suburbia, by contrast, is diminishing.
New York’s $30 Million Contest for Resiliency Entrepreneurs
Next City – February 26, 2014
When it comes to innovative rebuilding and resiliency programs, New York is putting $30 million of its Federal Disaster Recovery money where its mouth is.