Smart Growth Roundup for the Week of March 12, 2012

North American Breweries wants to transform a century-old packaging center into a microbrewery, tasting area and casual restaurant. To do that, the company said it would need to demolish two buildings at 13 Cataract St. that have been vacant for 25 years.  Photo:

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Perhaps a bit ironically, our Smart Growth Roundup this week is all over the map.
Get up to speed on land use and development happenings from New York and beyond.  As always, we encourage your suggestions for stories and issues to feature in future Roundups.



Region can be ready for smart growth
East Aurora’s Co-op building the healthy food movement
$4 million tax break for Bronx supermarket project
Fight to save/demolish Rochester downtown brewery building intensifies
Can Staten Island’s North Shore be NYC’s next great neighborhood?
Kid stuff envisioned for Buffalo’s center city auditorium building
Six new hotels planned for Arnot Mall area, Chemung County
Growth is the subject of Bath (Steuben Co.) forum
Utica’s taxable assessed value drops $10 million
Brooklyn waterfront development booming


Syracuse Council OKs land bank
Suffolk County Land Bank created
Green infrastructure: state to combat combined sewer overflows
New York City seeks gas drilling ban in Sullivan County
Can there ever be enough drugstores?
Planned New York casinos halted temporarily
Binghamton scores EPA smart growth grant
Blowing in the Wind (Madison County)



Walkable urbanism: the new trend
Seniors are selling, who is going to buy the homes?
Return that iPad if you care about cities
Stopping high-speed sprawl
Youth renew the countryside
Public transit on the chopping block in Detroit

Syracuse Council OKs land bank

2 Responses to “Smart Growth Roundup for the Week of March 12, 2012”

  1. George R. Frantz, AICP

    RE: “Six new hotels planned for Arnot Mall area, Chemung County”

    What exactly do six new hotels in the Arnot mall area of Chemung County have to do with “Smart Growth?” There is nothing at all “Smart Growth” about six new hotels in an area completely cut-off from the greater Elmira urban area and accessible only by automobile. This is merely old fashioned sprawl – “Stupid Growth” – and the reason why the “Smart Growth” holds absolutely no credibility with me.

    • Evan Lowenstein

      Apparently you mistook our posting of that story as a statement of our support for that development. The truth is that we couldn’t agree more with you– that this kind of development happens to the detriment of our economies, ecology, social equity, and community character. Your response to our post makes me think that in many cases we need to add at least just a little bit of commentary to explain why we’re posting a particular news piece, and to express what our opinion is.