Grow Smart Rhode Island
Smart Growth e-Briefs
News and Tools for People Shaping Our Communities December 2004

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Grow Smart Board of Directors

Michael F. Ryan

Chairman of the Board

Susan Arnold
William Baldwin
S. James Busam
Joseph Caffey
Robert L. Carothers
Arnold Chace
Jen Cookke
Trudy Coxe
Peter Damon
Louise Durfee
Stephen J. Farrell
Thomas E. Freeman
J. Joseph Garrahy
John R. Gowell, Jr.
Stephen Hamblett
Robert Harding
Michael S. Hudner
Stanley J. Kanter
Howard M. Kilguss
Thomas A. Lawson
Dennis Langley
James Leach
Frederick Lippitt
Roger Mandle
Rev. James C. Miller
Thomas V. Moses
George Nee
B. Michael Rauh, Jr.
Gary Sasse
Richard Schartner
Deming Sherman
Merrill Sherman
Curt Spalding
James F. Twaddell
Ranne Warner
Sandra Whitehouse
Frederick C. Williamson
W. Edward Wood

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Scott Wolf

Executive Director

Sheila Brush

Director of Programs

John Flaherty

Director of Research & Communications

Lynn Burns

Office Manager / Executive Assistant

Dorothy Dauray

Office Assistant

Linsey Cameron

Research Assistant

Dear John,

You're among the 2,110 opinion leaders, state & local officials, development professionals, journalists and visionary citizens getting the latest news, happenings and trends in the smart growth movement from Grow Smart Rhode Island.

  • Federal Hill Makes Top 20 List of Best Neighborhoods
  • Providence's Federal Hill is being honored as one of the top 20 neighborhoods in North America. The recognition comes from the New York-based Project for Public Places, which focuses on public space design and management. Topping the list was Granville Island in Vancouver, British Columbia.

    Federal Hill is ranked 16th on the list of 20 neighborhoods, districts and downtowns. Other neighborhoods rounding out the list included San Francisco's North Beach, New Orleans' Lower Garden District and the Adams Morgan section of Washington, D-C.


  • Zoning Workshop for Housing Affordability Draws 80+
  • In response to requests from municipal planners, Grow Smart and several partners, including Rhode Island Housing and the Statewide Planning Program, collaborated on a November 30th workshop to help municipalities better understand housing development financing and zoning strategies.

    Co-sponsored by The Rhode Island Foundation and the United Way of RI, the workshop drew over 80 participants to the Crowne Plaza in Warwick to hear presentations by planning and development experts.

    Workshop materials will be available on the Rhode Island Housing website in mid-December

  • Red and Blue States United for Smart Growth
  • Regardless of party affiliation, voters in every region of the country this year voted to expand transportation options, create more parks and open space and to plan sensibly for expected growth.

    As USA Today put it, "In cities and suburbs - small, large, red and blue - voters were united on one key issue: paying to get out of traffic jams." In a record number of transit funding ballot initiatives, voters nationwide approved investments in public transportation for a total of more than $40 billion. At the same time, voters in 111 communities in 25 states, including RI, passed ballot measures to invest $2.4 billion in protecting land for open space, parks and recreation.

    Also, candidates in every region of the country, including RI, won election after campaigning on smart growth values. Click here to view a sampling from around the country.

    - Red state or blue, Americans sick of gridlock USA Today

  • Whitman, Glendenning Chair National Smart Growth Council
  • Grow Smart RI founding Chairman Jim Dodge a member of the non-partisan Council

    President Bush's first EPA Administrator has joined forces with a Democratic former governor known for his smart-growth initiative to create a high-level council of government, business and civic leaders that aims to promote alternatives to urban sprawl.

    The National Smart Growth Council serves both as a forum for prominent public officials, business leaders, labor, and experts to share their views of progress toward smart growth, and as an incubator of new ideas for how to help communities plan for healthy growth and development.


  • 10 Principles for Rebuilding Neighborhood Retail
  • Despite the many obstacles - real or perceived - that can block redevelopment of city and town neighborhood retail projects, such areas can be successfully revived with careful planning and commitment from the public and private sector, according to the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

    Ten Principles for Rebuilding Neighborhood Retail, a 23-page booklet, will help you identify the key issues that neighborhood streets face and determine the most effective ways to rebuild them and ensure their long-term competitive position. It also helps set strategic principles to guide the community, public planners, retailers, and developers.

    Download the free booklet

  • Smart Stuff
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  • Aging Americans: Stranded Without Options
  • A national study now shows that more than half of all non-drivers age 65 and over stay at home on a given day, particularly because of limited transportation options. This trend is particularly troublesome for a state like Rhode Island which ranks 6th highest nationally in percentage of people over 65.

    Released by the Surface Transportation Policy Project and AARP, these findings offer further evidence of the need for an efficient and reliable mass-transit service as well as zoning reforms that encourage mixed-use traditional neighborhood design, offering living options that are less auto-dependent.

    Read more about this report

  • Thursday, December 9 (7-9p)

    This workshop will help you evaluate the accommodations for bicycles and pedestrians in the communities where you live, walk and bicycle. It will also give you the materials and tools you need to duplicate the Bicycle-Friendly Workshop in your community. Registration is FREE - space is limited.
    Sponsored by Greenways Alliance of RI, Bike Downtown, Groundwork Providence and Narragansett Bay Wheelmen.
    Chamber of Commerce Conference Room

    Thursday, December 9 (5:30p)

    The DEM and the Woonasquatucket Watershed Council will host the last of three regional workshops for residents and town officials on greenspace planning and priorities for the six communities in the Woonasquatucket River watershed: North Smithfield, Smithfield, Glocester, Johnston, North Providence and Providence.
    Audubon Society of Rhode Island
    12 Sanderson Rd.

    RIPTA Public Hearings on Proposed Fare Increases

    All hearings will take place from 2 to 4pm AND 6 to 8pm.
    Monday, December 20 Newport Public Library
    Tuesday, December 21 URI Providence
    Wednesday, December 22 Warwick City Hall/Narrag. Town Hall
    Thursday, December 23 Barrington Public Library

    *Transportation advocates may be interested in the recently enacted Parking Cash-Out law that provides for employer-sponsored parking subsidy programs which give the employee the option of receiving subsidized parking or a monthly transit pass. It also allows cities and towns to grant appropriate reductions in parking requirements otherwise applicable to new and existing commercial developments that implement parking cash-out programs for those developments.

    Friday, February 4

    Call for Nominations Deadline
    The Rhode Island Land Trust Council is seeking nominations for the 4th Annual "Peter Merritt Award" for Outstanding Achievement in the Land Trust Community. Nominations must include full name, address and telephone number of the individual or group, should be one page or less and emailed to Rupert Friday of the RI Land Trust Council.

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