The Rockefeller Foundation and Smart Growth America Launch National Opportunity Zones Academy

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The Rockefeller Foundation and Smart Growth America today announced the launch of the National Opportunity Zones Academy, which will help cities drive sustainable growth in Opportunity Zones by attracting socially responsible investment. Five cities so far have been selected to participate: Chicago, Greater Miami and the Beaches, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Norfolk, VA.

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Thriving Communities Administrative Coordinator


Smart Growth America seeks a dynamic and passionate individual to support the Thriving Communities Team as an Administrative Coordinator. The Thriving Communities Team weaves together complementary disciplines to partner with diverse local leaders to create healthy places where people can prosper. You should be a dynamic, organized, people person, who is a master multi-tasker with excellent communication skills and a “can-do” attitude.

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LOCUS Massachusetts: Policy & Communications Fellow


LOCUS Massachusetts is seeking a Policy & Communications Fellow (Fall/Winter 2019) to help advance SGA’s role in thought leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance. Specifically, the LOCUS MA Policy & Communications Fellow works to support SGA’s goals of promoting smarter land-use and development policies across New England communities and is based in Boston, MA.

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Now Hiring: LOCUS Real Estate Policy & Analysis Fellow


LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors seeks a full-time Real Estate Policy and Analysis Fellow to support our national coalition of smart growth developers and investors advocating for sustainable, equitable, and walkable development in America’s cities and towns. LOCUS is a program of Smart Growth America, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization working to improve everyday life for people across the country through better planning and development.

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Suburban business parks are dead, and six other things we learned at the LOCUS Leadership Summit

Opportunity Rising, last week’s LOCUS National Leadership Summit in Arlington, VA, was a vital gathering, uniting responsible real estate developers and investors with local elected officials and transportation and land-use planners. During the wide range of workshops, panels and sessions, Smart Growth America staff absorbed a few important themes and ideas. Here are seven.

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Announcing our inaugural Arts, Culture and Transportation Fellows


Transportation for America, a program of Smart Growth America, announces its inaugural class of fellows for the new Arts, Culture and Transportation Fellowship to help 11 individuals in four cities take their work at the intersection of arts and transportation to the next level.

Creative Placemaking Transportation

The time tested value of walkability


Smart Growth America/LOCUS today released Foot Traffic Ahead 2019, a report which ranks the 30 largest metros in the United States based on the percentage of office, retail and rental multi-family space each has in their walkable urban places. The report powerfully illustrates the price premiums investors and buyers are willing to pay to live or work in walkable, transit-connected neighborhoods—and why we urgently need to build more of them.

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Announcing winners of 2019 Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award


Today, the Form-Based Codes Institute at Smart Growth America honors three communities for stepping up to placemaking with the adoption of some of the most exemplary form-based codes in the country. The Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award is awarded by FBCI with the generous support of the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust.

Form-Based Codes

Form-based codes: A means to equity in a compassionate city


A century of traditional land-use practices has ingrained inequities deep into communities across America. We’ve produced sprawling, auto-oriented development that has also separated people based on wealth, ethnicity, and race. Form-based zoning is well-positioned to compliment equity-driven public policies, while also enabling walkable, human-scaled development that residents and businesses love.

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A decade of lessons on good zoning


Looking back at 100-plus submissions for the Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award over the years reveals how the practice of form-based coding has matured and evolved. The quality of submissions has improved since the early years and municipal planning staff are increasingly engaged in drafting codes for their communities. It’s clear that form-based codes are growing in popularity and in many contexts they are being paired with policies to achieve more equitable development.

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