Posts Tagged ‘ Smart Growth ’

2035 in Southington: Town plans to keep its charm – The New Britain Herald

Jan 2nd, 2010 | By

SOUTHINGTON — Town officials are working to make sure that a quarter-century from now, Southington will continue to be as desirable a place to live as it is now. The center of town, already bustling with viable businesses, is likely to continue its revitalization. Town Planner Mary Savage-Dunham said the area has a redevelopment overlay

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State Officials See 66-Point Plan As Guide To Prosperity – Courant.com

Jan 2nd, 2010 | By

After drafting a 542-page, 66-point plan the state Department of Economic and Community Development says should serve as a guide for policy-setting and decision-making, the agency is traveling around the state to get a last round of public input before Gov. M. Jodi Rell decides how to implement the recommendations. The agency’s draft plan suggests

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New Britain Herald’s hopes for 2010 – The New Britain Herald

Jan 2nd, 2010 | By

Rather than make resolutions, The Herald has put together a wish list for our readers — those things that we’d like to see happen in 2010 and beyond: Among those wishes: “We’d love to see a little federal stimulus cash go to improve public transportation in Connecticut.” And: “We’re happy to see progress toward rebuilding

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‘New Urbanism’ Drives Firm’s Plan For Old Mall Site In Bristol – Courant.com

Jan 1st, 2010 | By

BRISTOL — – After a series of frustrating false starts, city officials will bring out their newest strategy Monday for reviving downtown. The Bristol Downtown Development Corp. is inviting residents to hear a Long Island-based development company outline its plan for the barren Bristol Centre Mall site. The session starts at 6:30 p.m. at Bristol

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Region: Who Will Do The Work? – Courant.com

Dec 31st, 2009 | By

In a discussion a few years ago about more regional activity in Greater Hartford, West Hartford Mayor Scott Slifka raised an important question: “Who will do the work?” His point is well taken. If Greater Hartford is to become a metropolitan region and engage in more sharing of services and other regional initiatives, someone —

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Is it time to remove some or all of Hartford’s one-ways? — Courant.com

Dec 30th, 2009 | By

When Toronto planner Ken Greenberg and his team of top professionals came to Hartford in 1998, they found downtown uninviting for pedestrians and confusing for drivers. One of the problems was the one-way streets. In the first of two “Greenberg plans,” the group recommended that the city eliminate all of the downtown one-ways. This caused

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Trolley Is A Good Idea — Courant.com

Dec 30th, 2009 | By

The Dec. 27 Opinion article by Toni Gold was outstanding [“Getting Main Street On Track”]! Ms. Gold clearly and concisely makes the multifaceted case for a trolley in Hartford that would rejoin the north and south sides with the center of the city. This is exciting and, as Ms. Gold points out, very achievable locally.

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Region: Revenue-Sharing Enables Smarter Growth — Courant.com

Dec 30th, 2009 | By

The task force that studied smart, or responsible, growth under a 2007 law made a number of recommendations to Gov. M. Jodi Rell in early 2008, including: “Be fair. Promote equitable sharing of the benefits and burdens of development and diminish the competition for revenue that biases land-use decisions.” There has as yet been no

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Smarter Money Would Be On Main Street — Courant.com

Dec 30th, 2009 | By

After the federal bailouts were faulted for enriching Wall Street and for proving rather anemic in creating jobs, the president and congressional Democrats sent a message in choosing a name for the jobs bill they introduced this month. “It is with great enthusiasm that we present our 'Jobs for Main Street' legislation,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi

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Agenda 2010: Little Fiefdoms Or Powerhouse Region? — Courant.com

Dec 29th, 2009 | By

This Monday through Friday, The Courant editorial page proposes a blueprint for more effective regional cooperation in Greater Hartford and around the state. An agenda for the state will follow next week. The series begins here: Agenda 2010: Little Fiefdoms Or Powerhouse Region? — Courant.com. It continues here on Tuesday: Since the end of World

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Getting Main Street On Track — Courant.com

Dec 29th, 2009 | By

The five well-attended public sessions that Hartford’s Department of Development Services has been running to gather input for the city’s plan of conservation and development have repeatedly evoked several clear, related responses: “We want a more walkable, bikeable, green and transit-friendly city, better design and maintenance of the public realm, and a reduction in the

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Downtown plan said good for all in Clinton – The New Haven Register

Dec 29th, 2009 | By

CLINTON — After four years of work, the Downtown Revitalization Committee next month will present its concept plan for a major enhancement of the historic downtown area, burnishing its appearance and revamping its infrastructure. via Downtown plan said good for all in Clinton- The New Haven Register – Serving New Haven, Connecticut.



Commission Approves County Line Zone Line Revision Plan | Voices

Dec 16th, 2009 | By

MIDDLEBURY – The Planning and Zoning Commission, meeting Thursday, December 3, approved a zone line revision and tabled two applications. Paul Lavalle, Dymar Engineering, represented the applicant, County Line, 2191 Straits Turnpike, for the continuation of the public hearing for a zone line revision. The property at 2191 Straits Turnpike is bisected by two zoning

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Tolland Struggles to Preserve Past While Prepare for Future | Nutmeg News Source

Dec 16th, 2009 | By

TOLLAND—Towns throughout the country are struggling with two competing interests as the needs of populations change: conservation and development. Like many small communities in Connecticut, the fourth most urbanized state in the nation, Tolland seeks to retain its New England charm while developing economically and increasing revenue, which comes mainly from property taxes. A 10-year

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6 new stores coming to Dayville – Norwich Bulletin

Dec 16th, 2009 | By

Killingly, Conn. — Six new stores will open their doors in Dayville in the spring, including four at the Killingly Commons shopping center. Businesses slated to move in include two wireless franchises, AT&T and Verizon, EmbroidMe, a sewing shop, and a Hair Cuttery salon. via 6 new stores coming to Dayville – Norwich, CT –

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Streetscape plan puzzles new board – The Middletown Press

Dec 15th, 2009 | By

CROWMELL — What to do about the controversial downtown streetscape project along a portion of Main Street vexed the previous Board of Selectmen, and now faces the new board. via Streetscape plan puzzles new board – The Middletown Press : Serving Middletown, CT.



An Investigation of Urban Sprawl and Land-Use Change in the Pennsylvania Highlands | rural sociology

Dec 15th, 2009 | By

Urban sprawl continues to pose a serious threat to the rural and natural areas of Pennsylvania. This study evaluates how factors associated with urban sprawl affect people’s perceptions of sprawl in three regions within the geographic boundaries of the Pennsylvania Highlands. The Highlands is a natural range of forested hills that extends from York, Pennsylvania

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Streetscape plan moves forward on two fronts | Redding Pilot

Dec 14th, 2009 | By

Delayed for several years, the Georgetown Streetscape Project is entering a final design phase that should be completed by the end of this month, according to project manager Jim Fielding of BL Companies. via Streetscape plan moves forward on two fronts.



Downtown Stamford retailers look for Bedford Street resurgence – The Advocate

Dec 14th, 2009 | By

On Dec. 18, 1959, The Advocate ran a full page advertisement for a string of Bedford shops that included Odette, a women’s clothing store that sold fur blend sweaters with matching skirts, and a store called The Student Shop, which suggested a list of clothing options “for a young man’s Christmas.” Over the past decade,

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Two developers await downtown verdict Monday – The Bristol Press

Dec 13th, 2009 | By

BRISTOL — The custodians of Bristol’s downtown will face a defining moment Monday when they may choose between two developers angling for the chance to reshape the heart of the city. Board members of the Bristol Downtown Development Corp. will meet again after having had a chance to review more financial information from Renaissance Downtowns,

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