Smart Growth Roundup for the Week of April 30, 2012

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Once again this week, there’s no shortage of smart growth news from around the state and country.

Local

Faulty sidewalks can drive wheelchair users into the street
Summer start eyed for work on Main Street in Buffalo
Medley Center developer wants $250 million in state financing (Rochester)
St. Lawrence County IDA moves ahead on Newton Falls rail line
Deal is near to develop Willets Point
In defense of bringing back the commuter tax
Park envisioned for outer harbor land (Buffalo)
Cornell committee honors Town of Caroline for sustainability efforts

State

Comptroller DiNapoli releases a report on the annual performance of IDAs in 2010.
On-Farm Biogas Power Project Generates Renewable Energy for Nearly 1,000 Homes
Mayor Bloomberg’s Sustainability State of Mind
Smart growth could begin in Oneida this summer
Buffalo Bills’ need for stadium improvements offers opportunity to re-create downtown
Jane’s Walk event comes to Staten Island
Infrastructure task force named; $750 million committed to regional councils
Proposed bill a ‘deliberate attack’ on landmarks law, opponents say
Unused Staten Island expressways being dismantled, and so is an era
Albany rushes to decide if Empire Zone offenders should have their tax breaks restored

National/International

California– CEQA reform bringing smart growth to life
L Station is ‘perfect example of transit-oriented development’
Making the Case: America’s Regions on the Rise
A Ranier Valley solution to Seattle’s quest for an NBA/NHL arena
The Importance of Water Management to the Smart City
Trading in the Big Backyard for a Train Station– Wall Street Journal
A Bold Plan for Sustainable California Communities
America’s cities shaped (and mis-shaped) by rules
Saving Suburbia Part I: Bursting the Bubble
Green targets being watered down for UN summit– Reuters
Quebec government not so environmentally friendly, sustainable-development watchdog says
How can we create effective regional planning?

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