In a unique partnership focused on bringing vital connections to rural America, Smart Growth America is helping T-Mobile give one small community a prize package worth $3 million as well as millions in smaller grants for hundreds of other rural and small town communities to reinvest in their downtowns, improve their quality of life, become … Continued
Author: Helen Hope
Our first version of the Scenic Route guide (created in 2016) introduced creative placemaking to transportation planners, public works agencies, and local elected officials who are on the front lines of advancing transportation projects. After five-plus years of learning a ton through our own work with arts and culture, significant developments in the field, and … Continued
The Scenic Route (version 2.0!) is our newly updated guide to arts and culture in transportation, providing a tour of the eight common approaches used in almost 50 exemplary projects across the country at the potent intersection of arts, culture, and transportation.
This year impacted our lives in unprecedented ways, and that transformation extended to the design and use of our streets and public spaces. Across the country, the pandemic put a spotlight on the need and demand for streets that support walking, biking and rolling. We want to know more about how this played out across … Continued
On March 10, Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition will release Dangerous by Design 2021, the most up-to-date look at how dangerous each state and the largest metro areas are for people walking. Join us for a webinar on March 25 to hear from experts about the report findings and how we … Continued
Today, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) re-introduced the Revitalizing Economies, Housing, and Businesses (REHAB) Act of 2021, a bill that provides incentives to develop more housing in areas near transit, creating more opportunities to live in walkable, transit-connected neighborhoods.
Today, Senator Edward J. Markey (MA) and Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) re-introduced the Complete Streets Act of 2019, a bill that promotes safer and more accessible street design across the United States.
We are just around the corner from releasing Dangerous by Design, our national report that explores why the number of people struck and killed while walking is continuing a decade-long increase and how we continue to design and build streets that are incredibly dangerous for people walking. We want to see the streets near you where … Continued
During our three day Equity Summit two weeks ago, we all were challenged in different ways to make improving racial disparities more central to our work. Our staff was no exception, taking away some notable lessons. Here are some short reflections by SGA staff about what we learned or will remember. Did you participate in … Continued
Smart Growth America’s first-ever Equity Summit was filled with an impressive lineup of speakers discussing how to better center improving racial equity in smart growth work. Here are just a few of the highlights.