Smart Growth

Blog post
August 2, 2009, 8pm PDT

After more than four years of public meetings, new drafts, extensive revisions, debate, and controversy, Miami 21 is finally scheduled for its first City Commission reading on August 6th. For all who have, or continue to work patiently and dilligently on the groundbreaking zoning code, this is exciting and relieving news.  

Mike Lydon
July 27, 2009, 11am PDT
A new report identifies ways to incorporate health objectives into transportation and land use planning.
The Convergence Partnership
June 24, 2009, 6am PDT
Cap and trade is the topic du jour in climate change circles. A new report from CCAP makes the economic case for using those revenues to promote smart growth that reduces transportation emissions though VMT reductions.
Center for Clean Air Policy Press Release
June 22, 2009, 12pm PDT
Texas Governor Rick Perry recently vetoed a bill that would have created a state level "smart growth" program.
New Geography
June 16, 2009, 1pm PDT
The U.S. Bureau of the Census is producing new data that shows how infill development is affecting urban areas. Wendell Cox says that the new data shows that infill has been happening since 1960 with or without mandates.
New Geography
June 11, 2009, 12pm PDT
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council will unveil a new plan for growth and preservation in Greater Boston, which calls for a new pattern of development based on "Smart Growth".
The Boston Globe
Blog post
June 10, 2009, 7pm PDT

The conference bags handed out to the attendees of the 2007 National Planning conference in Philadelphia had four words printed on one side: value, choice, engagement, community. The words echo the long mission statement of the American Planning Association, evidence of what I described last year as the pragmatic position of the profession that refrains from making a larger argument about the form of the city. Here's a taste:

"Our collaborative efforts will continue to result in great success for APA and the vital communities we strive to support, and APA members will continue to help create communities of lasting value. We value choice and community engagement, diversity, inclusion and social equity."

Since then, a new program from the organization and other evidence may suggest a subtle shift in professional values now underway.

Robert Goodspeed
June 10, 2009, 9am PDT
A walking tour of tamford downtown development projects started at the Government Center.
Connecticut Post
June 8, 2009, 5am PDT
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy spent two years looking at smart growth policies in a number of states to see how well they've achieved their goals. Gregory K. Ingram, President of the Institute, explains the results.
Gregory K. Ingram
May 29, 2009, 11am PDT
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy has undertaken the first significant study to find out if state smart growth policies are achieving their stated goals.
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
May 27, 2009, 11am PDT
Shelby County and Memphis are on the verge of adopting a new smart growth zoning code to slow urban sprawl and breathe reinvigorate urban centers. The county's Main Street Mall will remain car-free. "Pedestrian-friendly" is the new planning theme.
The Commercial Appeal (Memphis
May 22, 2009, 1pm PDT
A controversial bill on the desk of FL Gov. Crist is touted by supporters as 'smart growth' because they feel it will direct growth to urban areas, which are defined as 1,000 people per sq. mile. At stake is transportation mitigation of new projects.
The New York Times - U.S.
May 17, 2009, 1pm PDT
Rick Harrison argues that smart growth looks good on paper, but in application the density creates a whole host of problems.
New Geography
May 11, 2009, 5am PDT
With stimulus funding creating new transit projects across the country, now may be a great time to use innovative methods for funding development around transit, say Nadine Fogarty and Gloria Ohland of the Center for Transit-Oriented Development. Portland and Denver are just two communities that have seen property values rise around rail.
Nadine Fogarty
May 5, 2009, 9am PDT
A documentary focusing on Portland's urban growth boundary begins airing this month on public television stations across the country. It includes interviews with proponents on all sides of the smart growth issue.
PR Web
May 2, 2009, 1pm PDT
DOT and HUD announce a joint effort to merge land use and planning to improve livability. CNU's John Norquist comments on the merger.
New Urban News
April 28, 2009, 5am PDT
Last week, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission handed out funds to Philadelphia counties to improve transportation and land use planning in growing suburbs.
The Bulletin (Philadelphia)
April 27, 2009, 2pm PDT
Disability-rights activists have criticized New Urbanists for raising entrances above ground level, which hampers accessibility. The 'Lifelong Communities' charrette in Atlanta found the two groups mending ways.
New Urban News
April 26, 2009, 9am PDT
Virginia recently announced new rules governing the connectivity and width of streets. Some new urbanists bemoan that they may have muffed an opportunity to make the new standards even better.
New Urban News
Blog post
April 4, 2009, 5pm PDT

I would like to expand an ongoing debate between Reason Foundation policy expert Samuel Staley and me concerning land use policy impacts on affordability and economic stability to include two additional issues: household economic resilience and wealth accumulation.  

Todd Litman