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Daily Headlines for Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Public Square | Cafe urbanism, transit hubs, federal spending, smart cities, transit ridership, growing downtowns, hype, breweries, and gentrification.

The Limits of Café Urbanism
Governing — March 1, 2017
Picture yourself on a bustling commercial street in a hip neighborhood of a newly revived city. You cruise the sidewalk, checking out the businesses that line the glitziest block or two.

Cities embrace ‘transit hubs’ to boost business, jobs
Curbed — February 27, 2017
Several major nerve centers of U.S. transportation—like Union Station in Washington, D.C., and Penn Station in New York City—are planning major overhauls that would transform them from pass-through structures into glittering corridors of restaurants, retail, and event spaces. 

Despite Trump’s pledge, governors expect little federal spending on infrastructure
The News-Tribune — February 27, 2017
President Donald Trump speaks to a meeting of the National Governors Association, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at the White House in Washington. The Brent Spence Bridge, built in 1963, in front of the Cincinnati skyline carries tens of thousands more vehicles a day than it was designed to handle, with accidents reaching an all-time high in 2015.

Here’s what smart cities do to stay ahead
GCN — February 27, 2017
Smart cities create a symbiosis between information, the Internet of Things and technologies to make better decisions and provide desired services. These cities map community preferences to improve services and infrastructure including public transport, libraries and waste services.

Local News

Transit ridership in Seattle sets record, growth leads nation
Seattle Pi — February 27, 2017
Public transit in the Seattle region grew by leaps and bounds in 2016. In fact, the 4.1 percent growth was the most growth among major metro regions in the U.S. last year, according to an analysis by King County Metro.

Pitching Phoenix: How Businesses Are Helping To Grow Downtown
​KJZZ — February 28, 2017
When it comes to attracting businesses to their downtowns, many city leaders like to promote “walkability." It means an area is pedestrian safe and welcoming. But, in Phoenix, the woman whose main job is to help create jobs, said “walkability" is nothing special. 

Is L.A. Back? Don't Buy The Hype.
Forbes — February 27, 2017
With two football teams moving to Los Angeles, a host of towers rising in a resurgent downtown and an upcoming IPO for L.A.'s signature start-up, Snapchat parent Snap Inc., one can make a credible case that the city that defined growth for a half century is back. 

Brewery Event to Tell Neighborhood Development Tale
UrbanCincy — February 27, 2017
Craft brewing has taken the nation by storm and as evidence from the Ohio Craft Brewers conference held here in Cincinnati a few weeks ago, the phenomenon shows no sign of slowing down. One factor that has eluded many speculators predictions of “Peak Craft Brew” is the fact that many craft breweries come in different shapes and sizes.

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