Now hiring: Thriving Communities Administrative Coordinator


The Thriving Communities Administrative Coordinator will be a member of Smart Growth America’s Thriving Communities Team and is expected to contribute to a collaborative team environment. The Team is looking for a dynamic, organized, people person, who is a master multi-tasker with excellent communication skills and a “can-do” attitude. You should be able to handle administrative and logistical tasks related to Team activities and provide professional assistance internally and externally, solving problems before they happen and identifying ways to streamline processes to make things run more smoothly for the entire Team.

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Now hiring: Program and Communications Associate, Thriving Communities


The Thriving Communities Program and Communications Associate will be a member of Smart Growth America’s Thriving Communities team and is expected to contribute to a fast-paced, collaborative team environment. The Program and Communications Associate works to support planning, development, and implementation of program and communications work to support the National Complete Streets Coalition and other cross-disciplinary work and projects for the Thriving Communities Team as needed.

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Now hiring: LOCUS National Deputy Director


LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors seeks a passionate and experienced Deputy Director to expand our network of influential real estate developers and investors that support equitable walkable development in America’s metropolitan areas to ensure that the forward-thinking real estate voice is heard at the federal, state and local level.

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Now hiring: LOCUS Massachusetts Program Director


LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors seeks an experienced Massachusetts-based program director to organize and build a state-wide network and voice of real estate developers and investors who advocate for policies to support the development of sustainable, walkable urban development in Massachusetts.

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Why we stayed in the city


Raising children in the city could be considered somewhat novel in a country where the conventional wisdom dictates a move to the suburbs as a family grows. But one family in Washington, DC is glad they stayed in the city, which they believe offers benefits that suburbs often can’t replicate. The challenge is to ensure that more families can reap the same benefits from living and growing in a city.

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How can the change coming to suburbs be harnessed for good?

The notion of the suburbs is nestled deeply in the collective imagination in America, but as we wrote recently, “the suburbs of today aren’t necessarily the suburbs of yesteryear.” In a future that is increasingly urban, where suburbs are rapidly changing, what changes should they consider to stay prosperous and resilient? 

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The Smart Growth America ballpark championship

Here in Smart Growth America’s home of Washington, DC, the city is abuzz with World Series fever as game three gets underway tonight at Nationals Park near the Navy Yard area of the District of Columbia. This got us thinking: which Major League ballparks are in neighborhoods with development patterns most consistent with smart growth principles? 

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