This report by Greg Lewis of the Northeast-Midwest Institute, “highlights a few examples of cutting-edge, environmentally cognizant, brownfields rejuvenation projects. In addition, the following pages discuss additional brown-to-green opportunities for our nation’s abandoned industrial landscapes.”
The results of November’s Presidential election may have represented a change of direction for our country, but at least one trend at the ballot box remained unchanged from the past few elections: Taxpayers across the country again approved a bevy of ballot measures to conserve land, protect farmland, promote smart growth; and expand public transportation, … Continued
The Center for Transit-Oriented Development, “has updated its Realizing the Potential: Expanding Housing Opportunities Near Transit study for the FTA and HUD, which assessed strategies to promote mixed-income housing along five transit corridors in Boston, Charlotte, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Denver and Portland. The new study, Realizing the Potential: One Year Later, finds the downturn in the housing market is playing out very differently in the five regions, and that it hasn’t increased home ownership opportunities for working families.”
Smart Growth America / Transportation For America Communications Director David Goldberg was interviewed for the current issue of Mother Jones Magazine. In the wide-ranging interview, he discusses some of the history of SGA — but also discusses the prevalent economic and market forces that are reshaping consumer preference and affecting our growth patterns. Read the … Continued
Yesterday, on the heels of the Wall Street bailout and hours before the final presidential debate, policymakers, community and business leaders, activists and citizens gathered in six cities across the country to call on the next President and Congress to strengthen our economy by building a 21st Century transportation system. They were joined by more … Continued
New book documents how key changes in land development patterns could help reduce vehicle greenhouse gas emissions
UPDATE: Projected 2030 VMT, 2030 vehicle emissions, and potential CO2 savings updated below in bold to match the published version of the book.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Meeting the growing demand for conveniently located homes in walkable neighborhoods could significantly reduce the growth in the number of miles Americans drive, shrinking the nation’s carbon footprint while giving people more housing choices, according to a team of leading urban planning researchers.
In a comprehensive review of dozens of studies, published by the Urban Land Institute, the researchers conclude that urban development is both a key contributor to climate change and an essential factor in combating it.
While we have our offices here in Washington, D.C., we try our best not to come at things with a DC-centric focus, thinking “outside the Beltway.” So pardon me for just a moment while we toot the horn of our hometown. It may be local for us, but it’s certainly national in significance, representing an … Continued
There is a fascinating story on the cover of this month’s Wired Magazine about Shai Aggasi and Better Place, Inc., and his out-of-this-world plan to turn the car industry as we know it on its head. His plan is essentially to replace the car as the primary commodity being sold by automakers, and turn them … Continued
“All the traditions of our past, all the lessons of our heritage, all the promises of our future point to another path, the path of common purpose and the restoration of American values. That path leads to true freedom for our Nation and ourselves. We can take the first steps down that path as we … Continued
Guest post by Barbara McCann, coordinator of the National Complete Streets Coalition A new poll out from AARP documents how incomplete streets are making it tough for older Americans to avoid paying the high price of gasoline. Almost 40 percent of those polled say they don’t have adequate sidewalks in their neighborhood, 55 percent say … Continued