Investing in a Better Future: A Review of the Fiscal and Competitive Advantages of Smart Growth Development Patterns

This report by Mark Muro and Rober Puentes of the Brookings Institution, “makes the case that more compact development patterns and investing in projects to improve urban cores could save taxpayers money and improve overall regional economic performance. To that end, it relies on a review of the best academic empirical literature to weigh the extent to which a new way of thinking about growth and development can benefit governments, businesses, and regions during these fiscally stressed times.”

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The Future of Aging America

In communities built only for the car, what happens when people can no longer drive? According to this new report, more than half are house-bound. And between the spread of auto-only development and the aging of Baby Boomers, the number is soaring.

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The New Transit Town: Best Practices in Transit-Oriented Development

Edited by Hank Dittmar and Gloria Ohland
Island Press, January 2004, 264 pages
Paperback, $34.00

Transit-oriented development (TOD) seeks to maximize access to mass transit and non-motorized transportation with centrally located rail or bus stations surrounded by relatively high-density commercial and residential development. New Urbanists and smart growth proponents have embraced the concept and interest in TOD is growing, both in the United States and around the world.

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The New Transit Town: Best Practices in Transit-Oriented Development

The New Transit Town Best Practices in Transit-Oriented Development Edited by Hank Dittmar and Gloria Ohland Island Press, January 2004, 264 pages Paperback $34.00 Transit-oriented development (TOD) seeks to maximize access to mass transit and nonmotorized transportation with centrally located rail or bus stations surrounded by relatively high-density commercial and residential development. New Urbanists and … Continued

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New EPA Study: Travel and Environmental Implications of School Siting

New study evaluates the relationship between school location, travel choices and the environment

Over the next few decades, communities making decisions about the construction and renovation of thousands of schools will be challenged to meet multiple goals — educational, fiscal, and environmental.

This study is the first to empirically examine the relationship between school location, the built environment around schools, how kids get to school, and air emission impacts of those travel choices.

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SGA Measuring Sprawl and Its Impacts: The Character and Consequences of Metropolitan Expansion

This rigorous, peer-reviewed study is the first to develop a consistent method for defining and measuring the development pattern referred to as “sprawl” and its impact on residents’ lives. The study amassed an unprecedented database of measures of residential density, a mix of jobs, shops, and housing, the street network, and the presence or absence of strong centers of activity. Metropolitan areas across the country were scored and ranked, and various lifestyle and transportation factors were related to local sprawl levels.

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Affordable Housing and Smart Growth: Making the Connection

This Smart Growth Network report, “provides case studies of towns, cities, and states that have linked smart growth with affordable housing. Among the policies and approaches featured are: reuse of vacant properties and land, flexible land use policies, regional fair-share housing agreements, the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, increased affordability through reduced transportation costs, the federal HOPE VI program to construct mixed-income housing, and community land trusts. The approaches discussed represent a range of options for public, private, and nonprofit sector members to consider as they pursue smart growth and work toward affordable housing goals in their communities.”

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