This publication by the Smart Growth Network, “shows how communities can turn their visions, values, and aspirations into reality, using smart growth techniques to improve the quality of development… This Is Smart Growth describes how, when done well, development can help create more economic opportunities, build great places where people want to live and visit, preserve the qualities people love about their communities, and protect environmental resources… The publication features 40 places around the country – cities, suburbs, small towns, and rural communities – where good development has improved residents’ quality of life.”
This report by the University of Louisville’s Center for Environmental Policy and Management, “examines planning strategies, financing options, and institutional practices that can help promote brownfield redevelopment.”
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. Uses detailed case studies to illustrate economic outcomes in places that have incorporated smart growth development strategies.
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.”
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
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.
This report, released by SGA, summarizes research on the costs vacant and abandoned properties impose upon communities. It also highlights local programs successfully recapturing the value in these properties.
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
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.”
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.