Support for
has been provided by these organizations and individuals:

John Hennessy III,

Archive for the ‘Smart Growth’ Category

2017 Strategic 100: North American Infrastructure Report

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

After years of underinvestment, infrastructure is having a moment in the policy discussion. Across North America, policy-makers are moving toward using public sector infrastructure investment as a strategy for promoting economic growth, while private infrastructure developers are seeking projects that yield healthy investment returns – returns that are harder to find over the long-term while low growth rates remain the dominant macro-narrative. This focus on infrastructure investment’s potential benefits is laudable, reflecting the advice of top economists and the emerging limits of other policy tools. Such investment, if well-targeted and well-executed, can be a path to achieve near-term economic policy objectives while dramatically improving the foundation for long-term economic prosperity.

View this complete post...

Smart Cities and Disruptive Technologies at the ACEC Fall Conference in Colorado Springs, October 19-22

Thursday, September 29th, 2016
ACEC Fall Conference

Future urban infrastructure will be intelligent, connected, and aware. Get a jumpstart on this fast-moving trend with an expert panel on Smart Cities and Disruptive Technologies on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, as part of the upcoming American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Fall Conference in Colorado Springs, October 19-22.

View this complete post...

Livable Transit Corridors: Methods, Metrics, and Strategies

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
Figure 1. Transit corridor livability visioning and improvement process steps

While livability has received increasing attention in planning and policy circles recently, agreement as to how to define, measure, and create it has been elusive. This is especially true in terms of the livability benefits of transit investments. While livability definitions tend to boil livability down to serving diverse people with diverse opportunities (RITA Office of Research, Development, and Technology 2011), most have not been specific enough to measure it consistently and implement it effectively. Furthermore, getting specific about livability—particularly when focusing on the livability benefits of transit-supportive investments—may cause those who do not care for transit to dismiss it.

View this complete post...

Guest on The Infra Blog: Jonathan F.P. Rose, Sustainable Developer and Author of “The Well-Tempered City”

Monday, September 19th, 2016
Jonathan F.P. Rose

“When you look throughout history, when there is a combination of climate change, resource depletion, and enormous income inequality, civilizations fall apart, and we see collapse. And when there’s a lot of social cohesion, then civilizations are able to overcome some of the stresses they’re facing. And so these issues are all interrelated, and as much as we need behavior changes and energy-systems changes, and a lot of technological and certainly infrastructure changes to deal with climate change, at the root we also need to create a more equitable social system to accomplish them.”

View this complete post...

Livability Near High-Traffic Streets

Friday, September 2nd, 2016
Measuring traffic

Shortly after the advent of cars, a conflict arose between moving traffic and residential livability. The typical response was to push traffic off residential streets and onto nearby major roads. This line of thinking evolved into a more hierarchical approach to street network design and what are known as arterial roads designed to carry the vast majority of vehicle traffic.

View this complete post...

2017 Culture of Health Prize: Call for Applications

Monday, August 22nd, 2016
2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Call for Applications

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize celebrates communities that are making health a priority by creating powerful partnerships and commitments so that each of us, no matter who we are or where we live, can thrive. Is your community building a shared vision of good health, prosperity, and opportunity for all? If the answer is “yes,” apply for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize.

View this complete post...

Opportunities to Increase Corporate Access to Clean Energy

Friday, August 12th, 2016
Table 1 – States ranked among the top 5 states for one or more of the identified policies, based on potential to increase corporate access to advanced energy

Advanced energy sources that use little or no fuel, such as wind, solar, hydropower, fuel cells, and energy storage create opportunities for corporations to capture savings and hedge against energy price volatility. The price of advanced energy sources has decreased dramatically during the past decade, and companies are increasingly seeking to purchase power from these resources in order to increase competitiveness and achieve corporate responsibility targets. A growing number of corporations have set formal goals for purchasing renewable energy, which they are integrating into their operations and decision making.

View this complete post...

State of the Region’s Health: How the New York Metropolitan Region’s Urban Systems Influence Health

Thursday, July 21st, 2016
How the Region’s Urban Form and Connectivity Affect Health

This report seeks to add to our understanding of the health impacts of long term urban planning decisions. How do planning decisions such as investment in a subway line, the creation of a park or the redevelopment of a neighborhood affect health outcomes decades later? To answer that question we need to look at not only how individual localities work alone, but how clusters of cities, towns and villages work together.

View this complete post...

ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Setting the Standard: Why National Standards for 3D Transportation Assets Are Critical to the Engineering Industry

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
Engineering, Inc.: 3D Transportation Assets

A federal effort to create a 3D spatial standard of all U.S. transportation assets should help accelerate implementation of smart infrastructure, while also providing new opportunities for engineering firms.

View this complete post...

Utah DOT: Talking Orange – Active Transportation

Friday, June 24th, 2016
Utah DOT: Talking Orange – Active Transportation

Heidi Goedhart, UDOT’s Active Transportation Manager, helps us understand what “Active Transportation” means to Utah. She talks about UDOT’s programs to keep cyclists and pedestrians safe on Utah roads, and also discusses what we are doing to promote safety in alternative modes of transportation. Road Respect and Head’s Up are two of the programs Heidi discusses.

View this complete post...

Receive Infra Update, our email newsletter.

Follow InfraUSA on Twitter Facebook YouTube Flickr
Show us your infra! Show us your infra!

Video, stills and tales. Share images of the Infra in your community that demands attention. Post your ideas about national Infra issues. Go ahead. Show Us Your Infra!  Upload and instantly share your message.

Polls Polls

Is the administration moving fast enough on Infra issues? Are Americans prepared to pay more taxes for repairs? Should job creation be the guiding determination? Vote now!


What do the experts think? This is where the nation's public policy organizations, trade associations and think tanks weigh in with analysis on Infra issues. Tell them what you think.  Ask questions.  Share a different view.


The Infra Blog offers cutting edge perspective on a broad spectrum of Infra topics. Frequent updates and provocative posts highlight hot button topics -- essential ingredients of a national Infra dialogue.