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Posts Tagged ‘Smart Growth America’

Measuring Sprawl

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
TABLE 1 Most compact, connected metro areas, nationally

SMART GROWTH AMERICA
Some places in the United States are sprawling out and some places are building in compact, connected ways. The difference between these two strategies affects the lives of millions of Americans.

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The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2013

Thursday, February 20th, 2014
FIGURE 1 Number of Complete Streets policies nationwide, 2005–2013

SMART GROWTH AMERICA
Communities across the country are making roads safer and more accessible for everyone who uses them—and these changes are happening on a larger scale than ever before.

In 2013, more than 80 communities adopted Complete Streets policies. These laws, resolutions and planning and design documents encourage and provide for the safe access to destinations for everyone, regardless of age, ability, income or ethnicity, and no matter how they travel.

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Building Better Budgets: A National Examination of the Fiscal Benefits of Smart Growth Development

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
Building Better Budgets: A National Examination of the Fiscal Benefits of Smart Growth Development

SMART GROWTH AMERICA
Local governments across the country have compared development strategies to understand their impact on municipal finances. These studies generally compare two or more different development scenarios, and help local leaders make informed decisions about new development based on the costs or revenues associated with them.

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The Best Complete Streets Policies

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

SMART GROWTH AMERICA
Communities of all sizes are transforming their streets into more than just a way to move people in cars from one place to another.

These communities are part of a growing national movement for Complete Streets. This movement encourages and provides for the safe access to destinations for everyone, regardless of age, ability, income, ethnicity or how they travel.

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City Versus Suburban Growth In Small Metro Areas

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

SMART GROWTH AMERICA
Cities are growing faster than their suburbs for the first time in recent history, and this new trend applies to some of the country’s smallest metro areas as well as the biggest.

Earlier this year, the Brookings Institution released new research which revealed cities in the country’s 51 largest metropolitan areas were, on average, growing faster than their suburbs for the first time in decades.

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The Infrastructure World Responds to Obama’s Victory

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
Obama victory sparks cheers around the globe

Infrastructure experts from around the country welcome the Obama Administration back to the Whitehouse, and express the urgency of turning our attention toward infrastructure.

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The Innovative DOT: A Handbook of Policy and Practice

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

SMART GROWTH AMERICA
State officials across the country are facing the same challenges. Revenues are falling and budgets are shrinking while transportation demands grow. The traditional means of funding and delivering transportation services are no longer adequate, jeopardizing the path to tomorrow’s economy. The only answer is innovation.

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Complete Streets: Policy Analysis

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

SMART GROWTH AMERICA
Hundreds of communities of all sizes, in all parts of the country, see their streets as something more than just a way to move people in cars from point A to point B. More than 350 have adopted Complete Streets policies – with 146 of those policies adopted in 2011 alone. These communities have joined a growing national movement for Complete Streets, a movement that encourages and provides for safe access to destinations for everyone, regardless of age, ability, income, ethnicity, or mode of travel.

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

Monday, July 30th, 2012

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

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Repair Priorities: Transportation spending strategies to save taxpayer dollars and improve roads

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
Routine preservation vs. deferred repairs

SMART GROWTH AMERICA & TAXPAYERS FOR COMMON SENSE
By underfunding repair and allowing roads to fall out of good condition, state leaders are choosing the most expensive type of repair possible, as rehabilitating a road that has completely deteriorated is substantially more expensive than keeping that road in good condition in the first place…Adding further urgency to these budget concerns is that with every dollar spent on new construction, states add to a road system they are already failing to adequately maintain. As a result, states face a large and growing financial burden.

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