March 26, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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A remarkable grassroots revitalization matures and thrives in Boston

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
About a decade ago, three NRDC colleagues – Jutka Terris, Nancy Vorsanger and myself – published a book of early examples of smart growth that had spru… Continue reading

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February 13, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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City places that inspire romance (a gallery of walkability, part 2)

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
  London (photo by Chuck Wolfe) 
There is a reason that romantic movies and novels are set in cities such as Paris, Rome, Prague, San Francisco, and New … Continue reading

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July 20, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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Video week: a curator’s look at a great city neighborhood

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities & Smart Growth, Washington, DC  
At the bottom of this post is a terrific video tour of DC’s Dupont Circle neighborhood, featuring my friend Susan Piedmont-Palladino, architect, educator, cur… Continue reading

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April 6, 2011
by NRDC News
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Media scan 4/6: Stronger drilling regulations, Durban climate meeting, cleaning up toxics, and more…

NRDC News, NRDC News Team, NRDC Offices Worldwide In a Times Picayune article on the environmental community’s letter to President Obama calling for stronger drilling regulations, Peter Lehner spoke about the industry wide “systemic failure… Continue reading

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January 31, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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Libraries as green community and neighborhood anchors

Sometime a very long time ago, when I was still new at this smart growth stuff, I remember hearing a planner from Portland recount two principles that had guided one of that city’s famous land use plans: every neighborhood should have a view of M… Continue reading

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January 13, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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How much urbanism is enough?

Most of us in this business of advocating smart growth, urbanism, sustainable communities and such spend a lot of our time extolling the virtues of cities.  We believe in places that are walkable, meaning they have decent pedestrian infrastructure… Continue reading

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January 6, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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The messy issue of design in smart growth

This post is another collaboration with my friend and  frequent writing partner, Lee Epstein, a land use planner and attorney working in the Mid-Atlantic region.  The first part is mine; the second is Lee’s.  I’ll tell you wh… Continue reading

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