Best Complete Streets Initiatives: VELO Bloomfield

Equity is embedded in VELO (pronounced vay-low) Bloomfield’s mission. Based in Bloomfield, NJ, VELO is a publication and advocacy organization that informs and educates the public and policymakers on how to make the streets of Northern New Jersey and New York City safer for people, regardless of gender, age, race, disability, and/or socioeconomic status. Since their launch, they have championed Complete Streets implementation, particularly in the immediate Bloomfield area, and amplified the voices of community members around transportation policies.

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Why I’m a part of the Rebuild America’s Neighborhoods campaign: Pres Kabacoff

Pres Kabacoff, co-founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of HRI Properties, shares more about his experience as a member of LOCUS’ Rebuild America’s Neighborhoods campaign. Pres discusses the campaign’s work influencing recent federal legislation, upcoming opportunities for action, and more.


TIGER grants focus on rural areas, recognize the value of complete streets, and ignore transit

Just a month after the Trump administration proposed a budget that would eliminate the competitive TIGER grant program entirely next year, the US Department of Transportation announced the winners of this year’s awards. This year’s winners show a clear shift in priorities—this round is decidedly rural or small town in nature and nearly devoid of transit projects. However, the winners also show that this administration recognizes how smaller-scale complete streets projects bring tremendous value to local communities.

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Millinocket, ME: Recovering from the loss of an industrial giant

Millinocket, Maine epitomizes the plight of many rural communities across the country that struggle as legacy industries or major employers that once helped sustain a place slow down or close altogether. Millinocket has found new hope in part by pairing improved broadband internet access with a new focus on downtown revitalization, giving the community the chance to take hold of their future and “actually build something” new.

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Albuquerque investing in place

In this month’s episode of Building Better Communities with Transit, we connect with a planner who helped bring high-quality bus rapid transit to Albuquerque. ART, as the new line is called, is just one project but it forms a frequent and reliable backbone for Albuquerque’s entire transportation system.


LOCUS Award Finalists Announced

Since 2012, the LOCUS Leadership Awards have honored real estate developers and investors who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to public leadership, furthering LOCUS’s mission and development for walkable, sustainable communities. This year, a record number of nominations were submitted for the 2018 LOCUS Leadership Awards and we’re excited to announce this year’s finalists: Company of … Continued


Erwin, TN: Evolving from railroads to fiber optic cables

Many rural communities in America have been struggling as the economy has changed dramatically over the last few decades, but some of these communities are evolving and finding new ways to adapt. This is a story of how one small mountain town in northeast Tennessee has found new economic opportunity by investing in reliable, high-speed broadband internet to catalyze new growth and development focused in their walkable, historic downtown.

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Best Complete Streets Initiatives: Las Cruces, NM

Opening day at Plaza de Las Cruces. Photo courtesy of Victor Gibbs.
Las Cruces, NM is one of many cities across the U.S. creating a more mixed-use, accessible, and walkable community. The key to their success? A Downtown Master Plan that recognizes the strong connection between land use and transportation. Originally adopted back in 2004, the Downtown Master Plan is a living document that reflects the community’s vision. This plan was crucial to the city’s adoption of a form-based code and advancement of Complete Streets initiatives, including a recent flagship project, Plaza de Las Cruces.

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