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Archive for the ‘Smart Growth’ 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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A People’s History of Recent Urban Transportation Innovation

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Though much progress has been made in several cities, the human-oriented transportation changes examined here are not pervasive nationwide. Only a handful of cities have made lasting reforms that will stand the test of time, while the majority of federal and state transportation policies continue to support auto-oriented development. With the information here, we hope that more urban residents will take up the fight and continue to challenge the status quo and reclaim the streets that are the lifeblood of their cities.

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Cities Safer by Design

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
Citys Safer by Design

Many of the world’s cities can become safer, healthier places by changing the design of their streets and communities. Where public streets have been designed to serve primarily or even exclusively private motor vehicle traffic, they can be made immensely safer for all users if they are designed to effectively serve pedestrians, public transport users, bicyclists, and other public activity.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Geoffrey Anderson, President and CEO, Smart Growth America

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
Geoffrey Anderson - Photo by Aimee Custis,

Geoffrey Anderson is the President and CEO of Smart Growth America. Named by Partners for Livable Communities as “One of the 100 Most Influential Leaders in Sustainable Community Planning and Development,” Geoff came to his current position after eight years heading the Smart Growth Program at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“It is amazing to see what local governments and states have done, and how much they have responded. Some of that is amazing in terms of their pro-activeness, and then some is less amazing because it’s become so desperate that they really had to do something, and unlike Congress, they didn’t have the luxury of kicking the issue off another two years without thinking about the longer term.”

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2015 State of the Cities Report

Thursday, July 16th, 2015
Table 3: Key research findings

Mayors are the leaders who shoulder many of our nation’s most critical problems and from whom solutions can arise. NLC stands ready to support city leaders in their efforts to help mend the nation, and through this annual analysis of mayoral priorities, spotlight challenges, opportunities, and progress in our cities. Whether through their roles in economic development, public safety or education, this year’s report highlights ways local governments are providing the leadership needed to create more equitable communities.

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Seizing the Global Opportunity: Emissions Reduction & Economic Prosperity

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
Seizing the Global Opportunity: Emissions Reduction & Economic Prosperity

Stronger cooperation between governments, businesses, investors, cities and communities can drive economic growth in the emerging low-carbon economy.

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America in 2015: Housing, Transportation, and Community

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
Self-Reported Location

In 2013, ULI published a national survey of Americans’ preferences and priorities regarding their communities, housing, and transportation. America in 2013 found that Americans were mostly satisfied with the quality of life in their communities and uncovered a strong desire for compact and mixed-use communities. America in 2015 expands upon the 2013 survey approach with new questions exploring priorities for and barriers around healthy communities and lifestyles.

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It’s Smart To Be Dense

Thursday, July 9th, 2015
It’s Smart To Be Dense

Urban density is fundamental principle of sustainable development. Density supports economic and creative vibrancy, social integration, and a healthy, environmental sustainable development model. As the world’s population continues to urbanize, our cities have two options for growth: densify or sprawl. The private-car dependent sprawl model of the 20th century must change, and move away from a reliance on private cars, to accommodate a more populous, and more prosperous world.

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