The use of value capture to finance local infrastructure, transportation projects, and urban redevelopment is the topic of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy's 6th annual Land Policy Conference at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge May 22-24... Read On
Stand on one side of tiny, wedge-shaped Federal Square, on the southern edge of this city's downtown, and the perspective is gleaming. What once was a boarded-up multiplex is now the glassy facade of the restored Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, a venue for touring Broadway shows that draws audiences from all over fast-growing Worcester County... Read On
In an Op-Ed article in the Boston Globe, Paul McMorrow discusses the worrisome budget compromise that seriously shorted efforts to transform the nation's transit system. McMorrow cited Reconnecting America's report, Jumpstarting The Transit Space Race: 2011 and wrote: "The transit advocacy group Reconnecting America recently catalogued $233 billion in backlogged transit projects across the country, including $77 billion in the Northeast. The MBTA’s Green Line extension, Blue-Line-and-Red-Line connector, and South Coast rail project are all on the list. At the current spending pace, this backlog would take 73 years to fund." Read the full Op-Ed article.
COME ARMED with cash. Make your best offer. No reasonable offer will be refused. It's the credo of the used car lot and the discount mattress liquidation sale. It's also the way buildings get built in Boston... Read On
A visit to a friend in Boston last week provided the perfect opportunity to take a walking tour of the downtown, the first time I'd been on foot in the area since the completion of the Big Dig a few years ago... Read On
Reconnecting America President and CEO John Robert will participate in a panel at the APA National Conference in Boston April 11 in Boston. The panel is on Livability in Small Regions and Rural Communities. Smith will be joined on the panels by Matt Dalby, EPA Office of Livable Communities; Mayor Patrick Henry Hays of North Little Rock, AR; and Roger Millar with Smart Growth America.
Reconnecting America Project Director Abigail Thorne-Lyman will participate on a panel at the APA National Conference in Boston on April 9. The panel is a technology showcase on New Tools for Sustainable Community Development. Abby will be joined on the panel by Sarah Treuhaft from PolicyLink and Albert Benedict from the Center for Neighborhood Technology.
CITIES HAVE to grow, and the place for them to grow is on top of mass transit. A few decades ago, that was an academic argument. Today, it's standard operating procedure. It's just how neighborhoods get built... Read On
A little more than 100 people a day are using the new commuter rail line between T.F. Green Airport and Providence -- about half of what had been projected before it opened four months ago in December... Read On