1.23.13

From Smart Growth America:

Smart Communities will Build Green Infrastructure

Forbes – January 22, 2013

We live in a time of constrained resources, both financial and environmental. For social innovators, environmentalists, community developers, and policymakers, this is also a time of great opportunity to use the resources we have more wisely to create vibrant communities.

Full Story: http://www.forbes.com/sites/skollworldforum/2013/01/22/smart-communities-will-build-green-infrastructure/

From The Atlantic Cities:

The Ten Steps of Walkability

By: Kaid Benfield

Jeff Speck’s current book Walkable City provides some answers, but they aren’t going to work everywhere. His “ten steps of walkability” to create urban environments more conducive to foot travel include such effective measures as placing more housing downtown, restricting free parking, and coordinating transit with nearby land uses.

Full Story: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kbenfield/the_ten_steps_of_walkability.html

From The Atlantic Cities:

Can An App Get People To Walk More?

By: Alexis Madrigal

The Author gathers data using the new fitness-tracking gadgets but discovers, “I overestimate the value of my official “workouts” and underestimate the value of walking as a means to an end.”

Full Story: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2013/01/can-app-get-people-walk-more/4461/

From the NRDC Switchboard:

How can transit work in big, dense, polycentric Los Angeles?

By: Kristen Eberhard

“Why does the census show that the LA Metropolitan region is actually more dense than the NY metropolitan region? It certainly doesn’t feel more dense here than Manhattan. And if it is really dense, then why don’t we have better public transit like NY or Boston or SF? “

Full Story: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kgrenfell/how_can_transit_work_in_big_de.html

From the California Planning & Development Report:

Infill projects survive CEQA challenges more often

As a blog post on CP&DR pointed out last week, infill projects – surprise! – are challenged in court under the California Environmental Quality Act more often than are greenfield projects. But here’s an even bigger surprise: Infill projects survive the challenge way more often than greenfield projects. And the success rate of plaintiffs has been dropping dramatically in recent years.

Full Story: http://www.cp-dr.com/node/3319

From the California Planning & Development Report:

L.A. Considers Using Post-Redevelopment Funds for Economic Development

By Bill Fulton on 7 January 2013

A couple of months ago, we reported on four post-redevelopment models emerging in California, based on a presentation by Paul Silvern of HR&A: Alhambra, Oakland, San Diego, and Los Angeles. Now Silvern and his colleagues at HR&A — along with ICF and Renata Zimril — have proposed a whole new post-redevelopment economic development structure for Los Angeles.

Full Story: https://www.cp-dr.com/node/3309

From DC.Streetsblog:

Today in Foreign Policy: American Interests Demand Walkable Communities

by Tanya Snyder

“I wouldn’t have expected to find it in Foreign Policy magazine, but last week, Patrick Doherty of the New America Foundation published in its pages a big-picture, visionary manifesto calling for America to exert global leadership and help the planet “accommodate 3 billion additional middle­class aspirants in two short decades ­­without provoking resource wars, insurgencies, and the devastation of our planet’s ecosystem.” And Doherty sees walkable communities as a key to achieving America’s strategic goals in the years ahead.”

Full Story: http://dc.streetsblog.org/2013/01/15/today-in-foreign-policy-american-interests-demand-walkable-communities/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+streetsblogla+%28Streetsblog+LA%29

From: Curbed LA

Streetcar Out, Light Rail or Busway In for Van Nuys Boulevard

Tuesday, January 15, 2013, by Neal Broverman

Metro is getting closer to figuring out which specific plan they’ll go with for the proposed East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor project, a north-south line from San Fernando to Sherman Oaks, reports The Source.

Full Story: http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/01/streetcar_out_light_rail_or_busway_in_for_van_nuys_boulevard.php

From Governing.com:

Top Reasons People Stop Using Public Transit

“University of California, Berkeley researchers examined exactly what effect a transit system’s unreliability has on its customers. While it’s well-known that reliability is important to riders, it’s less understood how, exactly, common transit problems impact the public’s likelihood to reduce their ridership in the long-term.”

Full Story: http://www.governing.com/blogs/view/gov-reasons-riders-abandon-public-transit.html

From Curbed LA:

New City Rules Let Builders Swap Car Parking For Bike Parking

“After more than a year of delay, the LA City Council has passed the Bike Parking Ordinance, a measure that encourages safe and secure bike parking in lieu of car parking in all types of new development.”

Full Story: http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/01/new_city_rules_let_builders_swap_car_parking_for_bike_parking.php

From Metro.net’s The Source:

Gender and Metro ridership: more women ride than men, with some exceptions

“Recently, Transportation Nation reported the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey which revealed a gender gap in transit ridership: Although women make up 47 percent of the workforce, 50.5 percent of transit riders are women.”

Full Story: http://thesource.metro.net/2013/01/15/gender-and-metro-ridership-more-women-ride-than-men-with-some-exceptions/

From Metro-magazine.com:

APTA: Transit users save $10,502 yearly

“According to the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) January Transit Savings Report, individuals who ride public transportation instead of driving can save, on average, more than $875 this month, and $10,502 annually.”

Full Story: http://www.metro-magazine.com/news/story/2013/01/apta-transit-users-save-10-502-yearly.aspx

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