15 Sep '11, 12pm

Smart growth investment may be key to small cities' economic vitality

Smart growth investment may be key to small cities' economic vitality

This recent report from the Center for Neighborhood Technology looks very interesting. Among other things, it seems to confirm exactly what Chuck Marohn (Community Growth Institute, Strong Towns ) has been telling us about the economic imperatives facing smaller cities and towns in Heartland America: to become resilient, prioritize investment in smart growth and efficient transportation. Extracted and paraphrased from the report and its accompanying press release : CNT examined the state of housing, transportation, and job access in Northwest Arkansas, which includes the four core cities of Bentonville, Fayetteville, Springdale, and Rogers. The analysis is supplemented by findings from 23 interviews of business leaders, elected officials, municipal staff, and local advocates. It reveals the following: It is becoming more expensive for middle class residents to live near th...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kbenfield/smart_growth_...

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