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Archive for the ‘Public Parks & Recreation’ Category

Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities

Thursday, September 10th, 2015
Figure 1. Percentage of U.S. Adults Aged 18 Years or Older Who Were Inactive During Their Leisure Time, 2013

To promote walking, community strategies can be implemented where people live, learn, work, and play. Places for walking can be designed and enhanced to improve their walkability. Improving walkability means that communities are created or enhanced to make it safe and easy to walk and that pedestrian activity is encouraged for all people.11 Improving the walkability of communities can benefit people of all abilities, including those who run, bike, skate, or use wheelchairs.

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From Lot to Spot: A Lot to Imagine

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
From Lot to Spot: A Lot to Imagine

We’re a non-profit organization dedicated to improving blighted, urban neighborhoods in the greater Los Angeles area. Featuring music from Moby, Crystal Castles, Foxes in Fiction and Canyon Records. Produced and Directed by SLAQR.

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Place Value: How Communities Attract, Grow and Keep Jobs and Talent in the Rocky Mountain West

Monday, September 7th, 2015
Job Growth in Idaho and Montana

Place Value comes at a time when many communities are seeking new approaches to economic development that respond to changing market and fiscal realities. What people are seeking from their jobs and communities is also changing. A growing number of people prioritize quality of life over other factors, including employment opportunities, in decisions about where to live, work, or start a business. At the same time, today’s technology and the growth of knowledge-based industries allow people and businesses far greater flexibility in where they locate. Yet for many communities, particularly those with resort economies, high cost of living, long commutes and limited employment opportunities are barriers to attracting and retaining a talented workforce.

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Impact of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
Map 1. Indianapolis Cultural Trail Usage Counter Locations, 2014

With construction of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick (Trail) complete, it is time to begin to assess the Trail’s impact on the properties and businesses near the Trail and on the people using it. This report focuses on estimates of usage, surveys of users and businesses along the Trail, change in property values along and near the Trail, and the estimated fiscal impact of the Trail.

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An Evaluation Study of Plants for Use on Green Roofs

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
Green Roof plants

The environmental benefits include conserving water, reducing interior noise pollution, mitigating stormwater runoff, reducing the urban heat-island effect, improving urban air quality through carbon dioxide-oxygen exchange, and creating habitats for a diversity of birds, insects, and animals. Along with extending the life of the roof by two to three times over a conventional roof, economic benefits include reducing energy costs—both heating and cooling—increasing property values, and meeting requirements for stormwater management.

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Oregon DOT: From Historic Road to Trail

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
Oregon DOT: From Historic Road to Trail

Since 1987, the Oregon Department of Transportation has worked with partners to preserve, enhance and reconnect the Historic Columbia River Highway from an old road to a state trail with international significance. Much work has been accomplished – 63 of the original 73 miles are now open to travel. Only 10 miles are needed to complete the connection.

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Adapting To Climate Change in Coastal Parks

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
2 Figure 1. Location of all 40 NPS units analyzed as part of the WCU/NPS sea-level rise study.

Over the next century, warming global temperatures will present many challenges for the National Park Service (NPS) and public land managers. Rising sea level will be one of the most obvious and most challenging impacts of this warming. Even a minor increase in sea level will have significant effects on coastal hazards, natural resources and assets within national parks. To begin addressing these issues, the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines (PSDS) at Western Carolina University (WCU) has partnered with NPS to begin an assessment of the level of exposure that park owned assets will face during a period of rising sea level.

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The WalkUP Wake-Up Call: Michigan Metros

Thursday, June 25th, 2015
Metropolitan Land Use Options in the United States

Walkable urban places are not just a phenomenon of coastal U.S. metropolitan areas. This report demonstrates that the market desires them in Michigan—and they are gaining traction. If this emerging trend in favor of walkable urbanism plays out in Michigan as it has in the other metro areas studied by George Washington University—Atlanta, Boston, and Washington, D.C.— it will mean an historic shift away from the drivable development patterns that have dominated development for the latter half of the 20th century. The state could return to the walkable urban development pattern that predominated before World War II.

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Ferndale, MI: Embracing Community Voices

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
Ferndale, MI: Embracing Community Voices

Trans4M Odyssey Film Series: Embracing Community Voices in Ferndale

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Lawrence, MA: Old Rails to Green Trails

Monday, May 11th, 2015
Lawrence, MA: Old Rails to Green Trails

With the help of EPA’s $200,000 Brownfields Area-wide planning grant, this video shows Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas explain the catalytic impact of EPA funding to jumpstart improvements and community outcomes for citizens in underserved communities, such as Lawrence, MA. By planning for, and envisioning, new walking paths to replace a blighted old railway that cuts through the City, residents will someday be able to link to adjacent recreational trails. This video shows the “before” of a key community project that will change the future face of Lawrence and make a real difference to its citizens.

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