In the two years since our last Power of Place Summit, Rhode Island has experienced some very positive developments. Our economy is stronger, cranes are once again on the downtown skyline, our quality of place is the subject of numerous magazine articles and new companies and industries are choosing our state as a place to locate, create jobs and grow.
Developers break ground on Providence surface parking lot
Car-free in Helsinki, history of hating cities, ideas from Somerville, and more in today’s News & Notes.
Grow Smart RI’s biennial Power of Place Summit takes place this Friday, May 23rd at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Online registration closes at noon tomorrow then the price goes up for telephone or walk-up registrations, so register today!
Armadillo bike lane dividers, smart crosswalks, what is and is not historic, and more in today’s News & Notes.
Safety benefits of bike infrastructure, sharing municipal services, and more in today’s News & Notes.
Photo (cc) Joe Shlabotnik The Transport Politic: As the U.S. Presidential Election Begins in Earnest, a Study in Contrasts What is obvious is that Mr. Ryan has a dramatically different view of the role of government than President Obama; indeed, his perspective on that which Washington should be concerned is a deep expression of the conservative movement’s success in pushing …
Chicago Sun-Times: City wants to turn streets, alleys, plazas into outdoor fun spots Designated Chicago streets, alleys, plazas and parking lanes may soon be painted blue with campy white footprints and filled with public seating, music, farmer’s markets and other seasonal activities. GOOD: Young People Are Driving Less—And Not Just Because They’re Broke I never got my driver’s license, which …
GrowSmartRI’s Power of Place Summit takes place Friday, May 11th at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
Walking while texting, State of the Union, and more in today’s News & Notes.
Maryland’s war on sprawl, blocking the box, urban casinos, and more in today’s News & Notes.
William Gibson, Tea Partiers against smart growth in California, and more in today’s News & Notes.
Philadelphia tackles stormwater run-off, VMT in Europe, and more in today’s News & Notes.
Shared streets, baby boommers lack of access to transit, WikiCities, and more in today’s News & Notes.
Auto makers undermine campaigns against distracted driving, Realtors find Americans prefer smart growth communities, big-boxes get small – move to the city, and more in today’s News & Notes.
The Rhode Island Mall is closing down, so what should become of it?
The Future of the Strip: Downhill [CitiWire] From 1960 to 2000 there was an almost 10-fold increase in U.S. retail space, from four to 38 square feet per person. For many years retail space was growing five to six times faster than retail sales. Most of this space came in the form of discount superstores on the suburban strip. The …
Tea Partiers See a Global Conspiracy in Local Planning Efforts [Next American City] Some might say that the Tea Party’s platform contains some contradictions. It seems that they’re|like most people, really|willing to ignore those spending programs from which they benefit directly. The subsidization of suburbia is one of these beneficial spending programs, too. But the nature of this subsidy is …
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