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Archive for the ‘Smart Growth’ Category

Infrastructure 2014: Shaping the Competitive City

Monday, April 14th, 2014
Infrastructure 2014

URBAN LAND INSTITUTE
HOW DO REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS AND INVESTORS—who could pursue opportunities regionally, nationally, or internationally—think about infrastructure? How do city leaders use infrastructure investments to position their cities for real estate investment and economic development? What role does infrastructure play relative to other economic development strategies? And are public and private perceptions and priorities aligned—or do they diverge, and in what ways? These were the central questions for Infrastructure 2014: Shaping the Competitive City, the eighth in an annual series of reports examining infrastructure trends and issues by ULI and EY.

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Smart Growth and Economic Success: Strategies for Local Governments

Friday, April 11th, 2014
Exhibit 1. The BLVD in Lancaster, California. Streetscape renovations and other improvements helped to revitalize the downtown area, which improved its ability to generate revenue and increased property values downtown by nearly 10 percent, nearly three times the increase in any other area of the city.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Local governments provide a wide variety of facilities and services. As budgets tighten, city leaders often struggle with how to reduce the costs of needed facilities and services and/or increase revenues without overburdening residents. At the same time that many jurisdictions grapple with rising costs for services, however, they also face stagnant or even declining revenues due to struggling local economies and/or shrinking state and federal funds.

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This Infra Week

Friday, January 31st, 2014
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INFRA STORIES YOU SHOULDN’T MISS!
San Bernardino, California: Divided No More
Miami Transportation Planners Light the Way
Big Energy Buildings Go Greener
Sprucing Up the Waiting Game
Atlanta Snowstorm Strands Drivers

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Strategic Directions: Utility Automation and Integration

Friday, January 31st, 2014
FIGURE 4 THE STEPS TO SMART INTEGRATED INFRASTRUCTURE;  FIGURE 5 PLANS TO EXPAND SENSOR USAGE FOR FIELD DATA ANALYSIS DURING NEXT THREE YEARS

BLACK & VEATCH
Since the rollout of the first smart grid programs, there has been a realization that automation and “smart” programs benefit all types of utilities and infrastructure systems. Gas and water smart grids, for example, will result in more efficient storage, improved distribution, reductions in system losses and expanded customer engagement.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Janette Sadik-Khan, Former NYCDOT Commissioner and Strategic Advisory Chair, National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
Janette Sadik-Khan on The Infra Blog

“We’ve come a long way from where we were 50 years ago, and yet a lot of the design guidance for city streets is routed in back in the 1950s and the 1960s. In order to create a word-class environment for people, you need to have streets that reflect 21st century needs and that are safe and that perform well and are diverse and economically performing.”

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The Economic Benefits of Sustainable Streets

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013
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NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Solving urban challenges has become the key to addressing global challenges. New York City has been a leader in creating new models for sustainable urban development in recent years, most visibly with the transformation of the city’s streets into more efficient and welcoming spaces that better accommodate all users. In tandem with these planning and engineering efforts, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) has developed a robust set of metrics to evaluate the outcomes of its projects with respect to the agency’s policy goals, both in the service of continually improving project designs and because the public increasingly expects such data-driven decision-making from government.

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The Exposition Light Rail Line Study

Monday, December 23rd, 2013
The Exposition Light Rail Line Study A Before-­‐and-­‐After Study of the Impact of New Light Rail Transit Service

Los Angeles, the world’s prototypical automobile city, is transforming into a multi-modal metropolis.

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Business Performance in Walkable Shopping Areas

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
Pedestrian-Friendly Neighborhoods: Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia & Upper West Side, NYC

ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION
Walkable commercial districts are a key component of communities that promote active living. Walking has great health benefits, including helping people maintain a healthy weight. This report examines whether there are also economic benefits to businesses in walkable communities. The study consisted of a meta-analysis of 70 studies and articles. However, there have been few studies that address economic performance directly and the author conducted an exploratory study of 15 walkable shopping areas judged as successful to examine the sources of success.

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Cleantech Redefined

Friday, November 1st, 2013
Figure 8: Eight major groupings of clean technologies. Source: Kachan analysis

KACHAN & CO
The global economy is undergoing a fundamental change. Companies are under increasing pressure to produce and consume more efficiently. This pressure is creating innovation and, above all, opportunity in cleantech.

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Metro Freight: The Global Goods Trade that Moves Metro Economies (VIDEO)

Thursday, October 24th, 2013
Metro Freight: The Goods Trade That Moves Economies

This video highlights how the trading of goods is the lifeblood of metropolitan economies. The Metro Freight research series by the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings assesses goods trade at the metropolitan scale. It uses a unique and comprehensive database to capture all the goods moving in and out of U.S. metropolitan areas, both domestically and beyond. The reports in the series will describe which goods move between metropolitan areas, how they move via different modes of transportation, and uncover the specific trading relationships between U.S. metropolitan areas as well as their global counterparts.

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