Economic Development and Smart Growth

This report by the International Economic Development Council, “highlights the connections between smart growth and economic outcomes such as job growth, occupancy rates, tax base, and private investment. It uses detailed case studies to illustrate economic outcomes in places that have incorporated smart growth development strategies.”

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Tears of gratitude greet the plans for Mississippi Gulf Coast

An essay by SGA’s David Goldberg Going into the Mississippi Renewal Forum, I believed that a measure of skepticism was warranted. The time was compressed, the circumstances extreme, the citizens preoccupied with reordering and rebuilding their lives. The goal of creating redevelopment plans for a stretch of coast including 11 communities in just one week … Continued

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Katrina: A watershed for a nation and a movement


An essay by SGA’s David Goldberg

There’s something about an event such as Katrina’s devastation of the Gulf coast region that tempts hyperbole.

Just as we fell into the habit of repeating to ourselves that “September 11 changed everything” – though less may have changed than was warranted — it is hard now to believe that we’ll ever go back to the level of complacency that characterized our lives before Katrina.

Yet to my mind, there can be no doubt that this is – or ought to be — a watershed moment for our movement.

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Survey finds lengthening commutes are driving the growing demand for walkable neighborhoods near cities

As policy-makers and the public debate the different aspects of growth and development, Smart Growth America and the National Association of Realtors® asked Belden Russonello & Stewart to look at Americans’ preferences for the type of communities they want to live in and the policies they support for creating those communities. The preferences and other … Continued

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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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