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Smart Growth News – April 14, 2014

Initiatives can help combat rising cost of medical care in the U.S.
Idaho Statesman – April 14, 2014
Solve for walkability, and you solve for many other issues. A walkable city is a resilient city.

7 Cities Where Poor Neighborhoods Bucked the Trend and Became Wealthier
Next City – April 14, 2014
Since 1980, the nation’s poorest neighborhoods have remained mostly unchanged while high-income areas have seen robust growth.

Developing the First Well-Being Index for Cities
Planetizen – April 14, 2014
Santa Monica, California is working to become the first city to develop a first well-being index for its residents. The index will help the city’s government measure and serve citizen happiness.

WisDOT, pleading poverty, is after more of our money
Journal Sentinel (WI) – April 14, 2014
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has begun a series of statewide meetings to make the case for more tax revenue to fund more road projects, though the agency knows that motorists are driving fewer miles.

Kisco Senior Living Targets Mixed-Use Communities for $160M Pipeline
Senior Housing News – April 14, 2014
California-based senior living owner, operator, and developer is differentiating its $160 million new development pipeline by locating all the projects in mixed-use, master-planned communities.

Gore, experts to gather at UH-Manoa for sustainability conference
KHON (HI) – April 10, 2014
In addition to Gore, world-renowned experts from across the state and nation are expected to attend the invitation-only conference, including U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works; Geoffrey Anderson, president of Smart Growth America.

Redevelop brownfields safely — new state rules will help
Boston Globe (MA) – April 14, 2014
Given its long industrial history and the intense demand for suitable locations for new homes and businesses, Massachusetts needs well-tuned policies that promote the safe redevelopment of polluted properties — and those policies should evolve as science advances.

Study: Atlanta sprawls while Hall County hangs tight
Gainesville Times (GA) – April 14, 2014
The Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta region — perhaps not surprisingly — is the most sprawling large metropolitan area in the country.

Louisville ranked poorly in sprawl study
Courier Journal (KY) – April 14, 2014
It will probably come as no surprise to residents and visitors of Kentuckiana that Louisville has ranked poorly in a new study of metropolitan areas looking at sprawl.

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Smart Growth News – February 19, 2014

The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2013
Streetsblog USA – February 18, 2014
A growing number places are adopting policies to create safe space on the streets no matter how you get around.

Customers venture out to walkable businesses
Roanoke Times (VA) – February 18, 2014
Who needs a four-wheel-drive vehicle to get around in the snow? In southwest Roanoke, all you needed Thursday was a good pair of snow boots.

Does Reducing Regulations Yield Expanded Housing Options?
Planetizen – February 19, 2014
Outdated and onerous regulations, particularly those found in zoning ordinances, are affecting the availability of housing choice. What can communities do to expand their hosing stock?

San Diego Is Pioneering ‘Lean Urbanism’
Voice of San Diego (CA) – February 19, 2014
Here’s a newish urban planning buzzword: lean urbanism.

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Upcoming Webinars: September 2013

Want to learn about new, innovative strategies for creating great places? Several upcoming webinars provide ideas and inspiration for local leaders. Building Vibrant Local Economies: Diversifying local economies to strengthen county resilience Thursday, September 12, 2013 2:00 PM Eastern Click here …

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Upcoming Webinars: July 2013

Want to learn about new, innovative strategies for creating great places? Several upcoming webinars provide ideas and inspiration for local leaders.

Adopting CSS: The Florida Greenbook
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 – 2:30-4:00 PM EDT
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In May of 2011, the Florida Department of Transportation revised their Manual of Uniform Minimum Standards for Design, Construction and Maintenance for Streets and Highways, commonly referred to as the Florida Greenbook. The addition of Chapter 19: Traditional Neighborhood Development adopts a context sensitive approach to transportation and land use as standard practice, focusing on network functionality and design standards that support communities.

FDOT District One Secretary Billy Hattaway will discuss Chapter 19 and explain how CSS is essential to diverse projects from maintenance to major construction, in settings both urban and rural. Florida’s experience provides clear direction for other states striving towards safety and livability outcomes in a 21st Century transportation system.

Green Infrastructure: Achieving Stormwater Management, Neighborhood Stabilization, and Complete Streets Using Formula Funds
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 – 2:30-3:45 PM EDT
Join here, no pre-registration necessary
Experts from HUD, DOT, EPA, and the city of Indianapolis will discuss ways communities can use green infrastructure to manage stormwater, help revitalize neighborhoods, and create complete streets, and how federal formula funds can be used to finance green infrastructure.

Green infrastructure involves using landscape features to store, infiltrate, and evaporate stormwater. This reduces the amount of water draining into sewers and helps reduce the discharge of pollut¬ants into water bodies. Examples of green infrastructure include rain gardens, swales, constructed wetlands, and permeable pavements. Green infrastructure solutions can cost less than typical grey infrastructure solutions, such as installing large drainage pipes, and can be equally effective.

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Congressional Complete Streets Briefing on June 20

On June 20 at 2:30 pm, the National Complete Streets Coalition and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute invite you to join local, state and national experts at a Congressional briefing to discuss national and local trends in Complete Streets …

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Town of Campbell, NY hosts workshop on smart growth zoning codes for small cities

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Officials and local residents in Campbell, NY met with representatives from Smart Growth America on April 24 and 25, 2013 as part of a free, grant-funded technical assistance program. The workshops gave Campbell the tools it needs to preserve its character, while creating strategies that allow the town to move toward a more sustainable future.

“The Town of Campbell feels very fortunate to have been selected for this technical assistance workshop,” said Town Supervisor David Tennent. “We’re eager to learn what Smart Growth America has to teach us regarding strategies for improving our zoning code and planning for sustainable growth in our town.”

Nicolette Barber, AICP, with Hunt Engineers, Architects & Land Surveyors, a consultant for the town and working closely with the technical assistance team said, “Campbell is a small town that would like to maintain and enhance its rural character. In planning for its future, the town is not looking to compete with the regional shopping centers or expand its population by leaps and bounds. Rather, what residents would like are more opportunities for local shopping, social events and recreation. To the extent that the Comprehensive Plan Committee could help promote that through smart growth strategies learned from Smart Growth America, they would like to do so.”

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Partnership in the News: DOT announces support of Detroit’s M1-Rail

The Department of Transportation’s TIGER Program has announced $25 million in funding to build Detroit M-1 Rail’s 3.3-mile light rail that will run along Woodward Ave. The line will have eleven stations extending from the city’s Downtown to the New Center District.

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Statement on EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson’s Resignation

Smart Growth America President and CEO Geoffrey Anderson released the following statement after the announcement of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson’s resignation yesterday: “Under Administrator Jackson’s leadership, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has embraced a more inclusive and comprehensive …

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