Posts Tagged ‘ Smart Growth ’

‘Smart Growth America’ report urges Winsted to target millenials in development efforts

Apr 20th, 2013 | By

Smart Growth America’s assessment of Winsted has arrived, and the town could be poised to cash in on economic trends. However, the report notes that Winsted needs to make better use of the town’s existing assets.

Storrs Center next to the University of Connecticut showcases smart growth | Tom Condon via The Hartford Courant

Apr 4th, 2013 | By

Most of the 190 apartments in the next phase are mostly spoken for, even though the building is under construction. “The demand has been amazing,” said Howard Kaufman of master developer LeylandAlliance LLC. That this was done in the recession years makes it all the more remarkable. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from Tom Condon in The Hartford Courant.

Courant Editorial — Feds are promoting sprawl

Mar 11th, 2013 | By

When this page began looking at the adverse effects of sprawl development several years ago and encouraging smart growth as an antidote, our editorialists were accused of “telling people where to live.” Balderdash. It wasn’t Mother Courant who was telling people where to live, it was Uncle Sam. For more on this story, visit: Feds

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How Pocket Green Space Can Transform a State Capital

Jan 31st, 2013 | By

The EPA sponsors an innovative planning program designed to help bring more green infrastructure and green building practices to our country’s state capitals, making them simultaneously more environmentally resilient and more beautiful. This week some state and local leaders and civic-minded folks took part in a forum on strong communities in Hartford. Click on this environmental headline for more from The Atlantic’s Place Matters.

Advocates call New Haven’s ‘Downtown Crossing’ a broken promise

Aug 2nd, 2012 | By

Nearly 50 people showed up on a day’s notice Tuesday night to discuss their concerns with the project design. The meeting was called by bicycling and pedestrian advocates, along with some members of the Board of Aldermen. The CT Mirror reports.

Report: New York Smart Growth Law Makes Progress, Could Improve

Jun 21st, 2012 | By

In 2010, Albany passed an important bill that directed state agencies to make infrastructure spending decisions in accordance with smart growth principles, but observers cautioned that the legislation’s success hinged on robust implementation. A recently released report examines just that issue. Empire State Future’s “Smarter Growth: The Implementation of the Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Policy

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Summerview Square revitalizes Main Street area of Norwalk

Jun 10th, 2012 | By

NORWALK — Compact, walkable housing developments in neighborhoods located near transit can increase a community’s economic competitiveness, and reduce housing cost for its residents, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Smart Growth Guidelines for Sustainable Design & Development. For more on this story, visit: Summerview Square revitalizes Main Street area of Norwalk – The

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Proposed downtown Stamford apartment tower hits parking snag

May 30th, 2012 | By

In the wake of efforts to promote smart-growth development, the city’s Zoning Board has begun reviewing a plan by developer Thomas Rich to build a residential tower in the heart of downtown Stamford.

Vinti Singh: Saying goodbye to a Bridgeport reborn

Apr 27th, 2012 | By

I hope one day I can say I was there to see Bridgeport come alive again. I moved to the city about a year and a half ago, and I was one of the first tenants to move into developer Phil Kuchma’s new apartment building on the corner of Fairfield Avenue and Lafayette Circle. I

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How Many People Can Manhattan Hold? NYC population doubles during the workday: Report

Mar 30th, 2012 | By

… If a whole city can be created and destroyed in a day, Manhattan comes close. During the workday, the population effectively doubles, to 3.9 million, as shown in a new report by the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management of New York University. Day-trippers, hospital patients, tourists, students and, most of all, commuters,

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INTERVIEW: Ellen Dunham-Jones’ ‘Big Design Project for the Next Generation’

Feb 28th, 2012 | By

In anticipation of the twentieth Congress for the New Urbanism coming up in May, Next American City will run interviews with several of the event’s key speakers and participants. To kick off the series, NAC spoke with Ellen Dunham-Jones, a professor of architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology and co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban

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Editorial: Himes, Murphy, call for 21st century bridge, road investment

Feb 21st, 2012 | By

Connecticut needs a 21st-century bill that supports smart growth and a balanced transportation network. …

Smart growth is economic development: Tom Condon |

Jan 20th, 2012 | By

Thursday night, Tom Condon was the warm-up act for Catherine Smith, the commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development, at a 1000 Friends of Connecticut gathering at 6:30 p.m. at Hartford’s Union Station. For the few of you who can’t make it, here’s what he said: Good evening. I want you to

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Norwich workshop looks at prioritizing historic buildings, then preserving them | The Day

Dec 15th, 2011 | By

The same answers arose Wednesday to some of the same questions that have been asked for the past four decades on how Norwich can revitalize downtown and reverse decades of decline. But Norwich has the tools and the assets to do it, Steven G. Cecil, principal of the planning consulting firm The Cecil Group of

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Torrington, 5 others, receive Connecticut Main Street Center grant

Dec 12th, 2011 | By

Torrington, Waterbury, Suffield, Willimantic, West Haven, and the Northwestern Connecticut Regional Planning Collaborative have been awarded a total of $68,737 in 2012 Preservation of Place grants.

Event: Smart Growth and Connecticut’s Department of Transportation

Nov 25th, 2011 | By

Commissioner James Redeker, Smart Growth and Connecticut’s Department of Transportation: Thursday, December 1, 2011 6:30-8:00 PM, 45 Church Street, New Haven, CT. For more on this story, visit: 2011 Speaker Series Registration: Redeker, ConnDOT – 1000 Friends of Connecticut.

5 agencies collaborating on regional development plan

Nov 21st, 2011 | By

Three regional planning councils and two agencies focused on jobs and housing are collaborating on a regional development plan for New London and Windham counties. Six cities have been identified as central to the plan — Killingly, Norwich, Putnam, Windham, Groton and New London — along with 41 towns, plus the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan

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Milford plans for downtown makeover

Nov 6th, 2011 | By

For the second time in a decade planners have a chance to “remake” downtown, but with the few retail stores it has fleeing, it is easier to say what Milford Center won’t become than what it will. For more on this story, visit: Milford plans for downtown makeover – Connecticut Post.

The Death Row of Urban Highways

Nov 4th, 2011 | By

Apocryphal or not, the story offers little solace to current city residents. In cities across the country, highway-placement decisions of yesterday continue to impact life today. The ghosts of the interstate era still linger in New Haven’s Route 34 Connector, for instance, which has bifurcated the downtown district for more than half a century. For

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Opinion: Connecticut should embrace smart growth; as Maryland is

Oct 4th, 2011 | By

Officials in Maryland have, unlike most of their counterparts in Connecticut, figured out that sprawl is expensive. They are doing something about it. We, not so much. As reported in The Atlantic Magazine, land development in Maryland has grown at three times the rate of population over the past few decades. More than a quarter

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