Webinar: How street design contributes to the pedestrian safety crisis

On Thursday, June 6 from 1-2:30 p.m., we’re hosting a webinar to dive into our upcoming report, Dangerous by Design 2024, which will be released May 30th. Register here. 7,522 people were struck and killed while walking in 2022. This crisis isn’t new—pedestrian fatalities are on a consistent upward trajectory and have increased by 75 … Continued

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What’s Possible: Investing Now for Prosperous, Sustainable Neighborhoods

We’re excited to announce that our President and CEO, Calvin Gladney, has an essay featured in What’s Possible: Investing Now for Prosperous, Sustainable Neighborhoods. This book includes voices from climate, finance, and community leaders who offer actionable solutions that aim to support the transformation of our infrastructure and energy systems to build more resilient, sustainable, and equitable communities across America.

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Request for proposals: Event Videography & Photography

Smart Growth America is seeking an experienced professional or team of professionals to use photography and videography to capture an upcoming event on May 21-22. Please submit proposals to Dustin Robertson, Program Manager of Thriving Communities ([email protected]) by April 29, 2024. Scope of Services Smart Growth America (SGA) is bringing together Complete Streets champions including … Continued


An excerpt from Megan Kimble’s new book, City Limits

In Austin, hundreds of families will lose child care if a preschool is demolished to expand an interstate. In Houston, a young Black woman will lose her brand-new home to a new lane on Interstate 10-just blocks away from where a seventy-four-year-old nurse lost her home in the 1960s when that same highway was built. … Continued

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Announcing five new member of the LOCUS Steering Committee

We are excited to announce the addition of five esteemed members to the LOCUS Steering Committee. LOCUS, a program of Smart Growth America, is dedicated to promoting equitable and sustainable development practices across the United States through federal advocacy. With the inclusion of these accomplished professionals—who bring invaluable expertise and passion—we can continue our efforts … Continued


Introducing the Complete Streets Policy Action Guide

The way we design and manage our streets holds immense power in shaping our communities. Yet, all too often, we prioritize the movement of cars over the safety and well-being of people. It’s time to challenge this status quo and implement a transformative approach to transportation planning—one that centers around the principles of Complete Streets. … Continued

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Request for proposals: Designing brand materials for the Form-Based Codes Institute

Smart Growth America is seeking a qualified artist, illustrator, or designer to produce a logo and collateral materials to launch a new initiative of SGA’s Form-Based Codes Institute program. Proposals should be sent to Toccarra Nicole Thomas, AICP, Director Land Use and Development and Executive Director of the Form-Based Codes Institute by Friday, March 1, … Continued

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Staff spotlight: Heidi Simon, SGA Director of Thriving Communities

Heidi Simon has been the Director of Thriving Communities at SGA for a year and also leads our work with the National Complete Streets Coalition. In this Q&A, she reflects on her first year at SGA and what she’s looking forward to in 2024.   Tell us about your background and how your experience led you … Continued

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Healing Our Highways Grant Application FAQ

What is the Healing Our Highways grant program? Smart Growth America, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kresge Foundation, is launching our new grant program: Healing Our Highways. This initiative aims to generate creative ideas and activities that build knowledge, connections, and power within disadvantaged communities most harmed by transportation … Continued

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