Smart Growth and Economic Prosperity: A Sourcebook

The economic benefits of smart growth are broad and deep. The experience of communities across the country, urban to rural, shows that smart growth directly reduces public costs, improves rates of return for public and private investors, and avoids the expensive environmental, health and social equity costs of sprawl.

This overwhelming evidence is only helpful if we can put it to work when we need it. The goal of this Sourcebook is to help you do that.

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Future of Transportation National Survey

In spring 2010, SGA partnered with T4America and the Natural Resources Defense Council to commission a national poll assessing public opinion towards transit and transit funding, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies Inc. and Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, and Metz and Associates. This presentation outlines the poll results.

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Exhaustive study shows power of walkable neighborhoods to reduce driving while succeeding in the marketplace

ATLANTA — Researchers from Georgia Tech and the University of British Columbia have released a report summarizing an unparalleled, six-year analysis of the connections among travel habits, development patterns and housing demand in metro Atlanta. Among dozens of significant findings, the study showed that people who live in more walkable neighborhoods — with a mix of housing types and streets that connect to shops, offices and other destinations — drive 30 percent less than those in conventional auto-oriented settings, even when they own the same number of cars at the same rate. The key findings of this ground-breaking study are likely to be applicable to most major metro areas in the country.

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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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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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