The Equity Summit returns *in person* in March 2024

Save the date for the Equity Summit Save the date for the 2024 Equity Summit: Meeting the Moment. The Summit gathers housing, transportation, and community development advocates and leaders to learn from one another and identify tools to advance racial equity through smart growth. The dynamic two-day program will be held in person for the first time on March 27-28, … Continued

Advancing Racial Equity

Inspiring progress: Reimagining development in Vermont

Smart Growth America partnered with Community Workshop LLC to work with Vermont decision makers as they reevaluate and reimagine their state’s Designation Programs. The recent Designation 2050 Design Summit helped advance this project to improve climate resilience and housing affordability. Last month, planners, state and local leaders, and business and property owners came together to … Continued

Land Use and Development Technical assistance

Are Complete Streets there yet? We’re just getting started

How do you measure the success of Complete Streets? Despite two decades of progress and the adoption of over 1,700 Complete Streets policies, the stark reality remains—countless local governments lack Complete Streets policies, unsafe roadways persist, and resistance to changing the status quo prevails. The movement’s goals are an uphill battle, but we’re prepared to dig in and continue fighting for the transformative shift to transportation planning that we’re seeking.

Complete Streets

Request for proposals: Telling the story of Complete Streets

Smart Growth America (SGA) is seeking an experienced videographer to help us produce two (2) short videos that share the story of Complete Streets in rural America. Please submit proposals to Heidi Simon, Director of Thriving Communities, at [email protected] by Friday, November 17 at 11:59 p.m. ET (instructions below). Project Scope SGA is excited to … Continued

Complete Streets

Vision is a verb: Looking back at our first Complete Streets Power Hour

Our new webinar series brings together advocates and implementers to discuss how to advance Complete Streets in their communities. At our first Power Hour, we spoke with two implementers and one advocate from Minnesota about how they’ve gone about establishing a north star for Complete Streets in the North Star State. As it turns out, it’s all about the process.

Complete Streets Events

Brighter streets, safer streets: Improving pedestrian safety after dark

Pedestrian deaths are on the rise, with 76 percent of fatalities occurring at night. We know that the dangerous design of our roadways emphasizes speed over safety. Reduced visibility at night also drastically increases risk. Improved lighting can help keep pedestrians safe, but if we want long-term solutions, we need to reevaluate the priorities deeply embedded in our transportation infrastructure.

Complete Streets Transportation

Request for proposals: Dangerous by Design in the first person

Smart Growth America (SGA) is seeking an experienced videographer to help us produce two (2) short videos that share first-person stories about what it’s like to try and navigate streets that are unsafe for people walking due to street designs that prioritize moving vehicles quickly. DEADLINE EXTENDED: Please submit proposals to Steve Davis by Thursday, November 24 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Complete Streets

Join us for Complete Streets Power Hour: Advocates Spotlight

This fall, the National Complete Streets Coalition is hosting a series of webinars to discuss the importance of establishing a clear vision and commitment when crafting an effective Complete Streets Policy. Safe streets advocates are invited to join us for our next Complete Streets Power Hour: Advocates Spotlight. A strong Complete Streets policy can help … Continued

Complete Streets

NEW VIDEO: Creating Thriving Communities Through Complete Streets: Wenatchee’s Story

Made in collaboration with the Washington State Department of Health, our new video tells the story of Wenatchee, Washington—a community that came together to make their streets safer. Watch to hear from community members about how a temporary installation has made a permanent change to their approach to safety and accessibility.