Category: SGA News Clips

Smart Growth News — April 22, 2014

Earth Day: Promoting Urban Revitalization and Green Cities
The Huffington Post — April 21, 2014
April 22nd is Earth Day — an annual celebration of the planet’s biodiversity and an important opportunity to highlight solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges.

Opinion: Want green cities? Lose the cars
CNN — April 22, 2014
If you really want to strike a blow for the environment during Earth Day on Tuesday, do yourself and everybody else a favor and stop driving your car in town. Really — who needs it?

Here’s how the media is getting the story on cities & millennials wrong
GRIST — April 21, 2014
Last week, the New York Times informed us that there has been a precipitous decline in the number of 25- to 44-year-olds moving into some of the Big Apple’s affluent suburbs in Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk counties.

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Smart Growth News — April 21, 2014

Opinion: U.S. must get over its favoritism for suburbs
The Dallas Morning News — April 18, 2014
After over a half-century of depopulation, cities have been filling up — and not just with young millennials, but with families and even with older workers and retirees.

Bikers, walkers make for healthier cities, report finds
USA TODAY — April 17, 2014
Levels of obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes are lower in cities where a higher percentage of commuters bicycle or walk to work, and cities where drivers get used to sharing the road with bikers and walkers generally have lower rates of pedestrian and bike fatalities.

Tearing Down an Urban Highway Can Give Rise to a Whole New City
The Atlantic Cities — April 21, 2014
As depicted in the recent and excellent documentary film The Human Scale, it’s a movement that now stretches from Melbourne to New York City, from Copenhagen to Chongqing.

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Smart Growth News — April 18, 2014

CBO: Highway fund will face shortfall under Obama budget
The Hill — April 17, 2014
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Thursday that the Department of Transportation’s Highway Trust Fund will not have enough money under President Obama’s proposed 2015 budget, despite an infusion of cash that has been suggested by the president.

Ben Ross’ ‘Dead End’ chronicles the fall of suburban sprawl
The Washington Post — April 18, 2014
The world is made up of two types of people. Determining which kind you are doesn’t require a whole BuzzFeed quiz. Just answer one question: What do you think about a road that terminates in front of a cluster of homes?

Affordable Housing Takes On a Different Look
The Wall Street Journal — April 17, 2014
With the scaffolding slowly coming down from a retrofitted P.S. 109, East Harlem residents are getting their first view at an affordable-housing project that stands in contrast to other such digs in the neighborhood.

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Smart Growth News — April 17, 2014

Suburbs try to prevent an exodus as young adults move to cities and stay
The New York Times — April 16, 2014
A recent report on the suburb-dotted New York counties of Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk, based on United States census data, found that those young people seem to be lingering longer in New York City, sometimes forsaking suburban life entirely.

HUD’s Donovan says U.S. Senate housing bill is best chance of reform
Reuters — April 16, 2014
President Barack Obama’s top housing official on Wednesday said a proposed Senate bill provides the best chance to overhaul the mortgage finance system this decade, but more debate over down payment requirements for government-backed loans is needed.

U.S. Transportation Sec. Foxx tours Atlanta projects Wednesday
Atlanta Journal-Constitution — April 16, 2014
Amid a nationwide tour to promote transportation investment, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx met with Atlanta leaders Wednesday to visit the city’s flashiest federally funded transit projects: the Atlanta Streetcar and Atlanta Beltline.

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Smart Growth News — April 16, 2014

People, Investment Continue to Flow to Core Cities Faster Than to Suburbs
The Huffington Post — April 15, 2014
New data confirm that central cities continue to grow faster than their suburbs. This still relatively new trend reverses a century of just the opposite, when city dwellers fled to suburbs and sprawl ate up the countryside.

Roads Versus Rail: The Big Battle Over Public Transportation
Forbes — April 16, 2014
In 2009, the same year that it provided $82 billion for the auto industry bailout, the Obama administration created a grant program called TIGER, for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery.

City life offers better health, bigger ladder
Deseret News — April 15, 2014
“Urban places provide higher likelihood of moving up the social ladder,” says Reid Ewing, professor of city and metropolitan planning at the University of Utah.

‘Complete streets’ allow for safety of all who use roadways
The Orlando Sentinel — April 15, 2014
In 2012, the most recent year for which data are available, 69 pedestrians and cyclists were killed in the Orlando metropolitan area — lives cut tragically short because we have failed to make common-sense, low-cost investments in safety.

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Smart Growth News — April 15, 2014

Denser, transit-oriented development keys Utah’s future
The Salt Lake City Tribune — April 14, 2014
Last week, the National Institute of Health and Smart Growth America published research by University of Utah professor Reid Ewing and others that showed that denser, connected urban areas are better than sprawling ones in a number of key metrics.

The world’s cities are gobbling up land faster than they’re gaining people
The Washington Post — April 15, 2014
Throughout the last two centuries, cities across the globe – as you might view them from space – have expanded in a relatively uniform way: first incrementally, then at a breakneck speed.

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Smart Growth News – April 11, 2014

Transit-oriented development — the future of city planning
Devex – April 11, 2014
As the world population continues to rise and more people move to cities, urban planning will increasingly become a priority in development efforts, which traditionally have focused on other areas such as health, education or food security.

TIGER Grant Funding Now Available
Planning.org – April 11, 2014
The Department of Transportation announced the availability of $600 million in TIGER grants last week. Applications for grants are due on April 28, though applicants are encouraged to submit applications by April 25.

A Tale of Two Travels: Expanding Sprawl vs. Complete Streets
Public News Service (IA) – April 10, 2014
It’s a tale of two travels in Iowa, as some communities have made the list of cities dealing with the most sprawl, while others are being honored for their work on transportation that includes options for pedestrians and bicyclists.

9 Bold ideas to tell your mayor about
Next City – April 11, 2014
In the slideshow below, we offer a look at some of the ideas under discussion in our Innovative Americas pavilion.

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Smart Growth News – April 10, 2014

Global Survey Maps Out Growing Trend of Transit-Oriented Development in Six Continents
AzoBuild.com – April 10, 2014
A global catalog of 50 urban developments on six continents maps out the growing trend of Transit-Oriented Development (TOD).

Is Chicago Still the Urban Development Promised Land?
Next City – April 10, 2014
For pro-development types, Chicago is often thought of as something of a promised land. While it may not have Houston’s complete lack of a zoning code, the Second City is known as a much easier place to build than its coastal counterparts.

America’s Most Sprawling Cities Are Also the Most Republican
The Atlantic Cities – April 10, 2014
Hickory, a small industrial city in western North Carolina, lies within the state’s 10th congressional district, one that the Washington Post has called “one of the most Republican in the nation.”

4 little-known real estate opportunities near SunRail stations
Orlando Business Journal (FL) – April 10, 2014
If you’re a SunRail follower — and a real estate junkie — you’re familiar with something known as TOD.

‘Urban Experiential Displays’ Proposed for Philadelphia’s Center City
Planetizen – April 9, 2014
“Called urban experiential displays, or UEDs, they would communicate advertising, news and public service announcements. These UEDs are also being proposed as a revenue generator for the city as well as a place making mechanism.”

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