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Posts Tagged ‘Smart Growth America’

Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America’s Largest Metros

Friday, June 20th, 2014
U.S. Metropolitan Land Use Options

SMART GROWTH AMERICA

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Dangerous By Design 2014

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
FIGURE 1 U.S. pedestrian fatalities, 2003–2012

SMART GROWTH AMERICA
American communities are poised for a renaissance in walking. We’re walking more often, for fun and to get to places in our neighborhood. We turn to WalkScore.com when figuring out where to live and our most walkable places often are among the most economically vibrant in the country. Hundreds of cities have adopted Complete Streets policies to ensure walking is at the forefront of our decisions regarding street design. Public health organizations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Office of the Surgeon General to the local doctor’s office are encouraging us to get out for a walk for physical activity and to combat chronic disease. And indeed, we are walking: six out of 10 people walk for physical activity, and the share of adults who said they walk for transportation grew 6 percent from 2005 to 2010, according to the most recent data available. But we are still dealing with a legacy of roadways that fail to account for the safety of people on foot.

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The End of the Road? The Looming Fiscal Disaster for Transportation

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
Table 1: Federal dollars as a percentage of state (capital) transportation budgets (2001-2012)

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Unless Congress adds new revenue to the trust fund, the federal government will be unable to commit to funding new projects, depriving states and localities of resources critical to maintaining and improving the infrastructure that makes our economy possible. At the same time, Congress has an opportunity to reform and reinvigorate one of our most important infrastructure programs in order to boost today’s economy and ensure future prosperity. The federal law that sets national transportation policy and investment levels — known as MAP-21 — expires on October 1, 2014. As Congress reconsiders this vital program, business and elected leaders across the country are calling on their representatives not only to save the transportation trust fund, but also to refocus federal transportation policy on locally-driven, innovative transportation solutions.

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Measuring Sprawl

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

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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

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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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