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December 2013

Properties near metro stations can be turned commercial soon

Koride Mahesh | TNN HYDERABAD: Land owners having properties within 300 metres of the proposed Hyderabad metro rail stations would soon be able to utilize their properties as per the new guidelines on Transit Oriented Development (TOD) prepared by the... Continue Reading →

Developer shows interest in former Meriden-Wallingford hospital building

Dan Brechlin | Record-Journal MERIDEN — A company chosen to build a $500 million transit-oriented development project in Stamford has shown interest in redeveloping the city-owned Meriden-Wallingford Hospital building on Cook Avenue. The city bid $1.3 million for the vacant... Continue Reading →

‘Walkable’ downtowns are in demand

Kathleen Lynn | NorthJersey.com "People ... want to live, work and play in walkable places," Speck says. "You want to first become a place where people want to be." "The person most likely to want to move into downtown is the... Continue Reading →

Build it, even though they won’t come

Joel Kotkin | Orange County Register The recent decision by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Allan J. Goodman to reject as “fatally flawed” the densification plans for downtown Hollywood could shake the foundations of California's “smart growth” planning clerisy.... Continue Reading →

American cities work to make transit attractive

Chelsea Jordan | Cecil Daily BALTIMORE — In Portland, Ore., public transportation is a huge part of the urban life, with 80 percent of adults in the area riding TriMet, which runs Portland’s transit system, according to TriMet figures. Among... Continue Reading →

Urban High: Rail Lets Honolulu Grow Up

PF Bentley | Honolulu Civil Beat Taller buildings aren't just coming to Kakaako, and that's mostly thanks to rail. New city plans call for increasing building height limits around future rail stations as a means to spur development. In fact,... Continue Reading →

Report offers ideas on encouraging growth along Rte. 9

Brian Benson | The MetroWest Daily News MA - Local leaders say they are looking at recommendations outlined in a recent  study on how to accommodate growth along the Rte. 9 corridor while limiting the  amount of new traffic on... Continue Reading →

Sustainable suburbia?

Peter Meredith | The Daily Record Most of the 17 “sustainable communities” designated this week by the Maryland Department of Planning are towns or cities or county seats — Snow Hill, Thurmont and Towson, for example. One exception: 50 square... Continue Reading →

Transit-oriented housing proposed – San Marcos could get a second large project along Sprinter line

David Garrick | U-T San Diego San Diego — A second mixed-use housing project — this one featuring 416 apartments, retail space and a park — is being proposed along the Sprinter line in San Marcos, bolstering the city’s efforts... Continue Reading →

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