June 28, 2013
by Deron Lovaas
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Botching the Budget, Ignoring the Infrastructure Debt

Deron Lovaas, Federal Transportation Policy Director, Washington, D.C.
Ezra Klein reiterated his call for those of the deficit-hawkish bent to tackle infrastructure in a recent Passenger Transport newsletter. He makes the argument … Continue reading

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October 25, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Which US metros have the greenest commuting habits?

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
As most readers know only too well, the US pales by comparison to the rest of the world when it comes to getting around by anything other than single-occupancy car… Continue reading

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June 29, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Central cities now growing faster than suburbs, confirming trends for walkable lifestyles, shorter commutes

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
For the first time in a century, America’s largest cities are growing faster than their suburbs.  An Associated Press story widely covered in the media … Continue reading

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May 1, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Can collaboration substitute for authority in solving regional problems?

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
As elaborated in yesterday’s post, metropolitan regions may well be the economic engines that drive America, and they may be one of the most significant scal… Continue reading

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March 5, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Running freeways through cities has often been a costly mistake. So, what now?

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
I am of the opinion, which is by no means universally held, that the Interstate Highway System, whose construction was begun in the 1950s, was good for America, or… Continue reading

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February 28, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Nationwide data show how transportation costs hurt families, better planning can help

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
The Chicago-based Center for Neighborhood Technology maintains a massive, geocoded database of location-specific information on average housing costs, driving rate… Continue reading

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February 15, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Nashville’s promise for a greener transportation future

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
The regional planning authority for the Nashville, Tennessee metropolitan area has embarked on a new philosophy to put the notoriously sprawling region on a less p… Continue reading

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January 4, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Rust Belt cities: to avoid more shrinkage, protect & strengthen the core

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
For some time, I have been on record as believing that the problem with former industrial cities that have lost population isn’t just the changing economy.&n… Continue reading

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November 18, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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Best US cities for living car-free? None of the above, really

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
Earlier this week, a story began making the rounds about the ten best metro areas in which to live without a car.  The winners include some of the usual suspe… Continue reading

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October 10, 2011
by Reduce
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Donated Produce to Feed Families in Need

Fresh produce is an important part of a balanced diet. But did you ever wonder what happens to produce that perishes before it’s purchased? Millions of pounds of produce from grocery stores and farmers markets end up in landfills each year, but the 3000 Club, a nonprofit program of the Children’s Emergency Medical Fund, is trying [...] Continue reading

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August 12, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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The importance of regional planning that matters

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC  
The Places to Grow land use plan for the region of Ontario around Toronto and Hamilton (image above) is one of the best I have seen.  I will discuss it more below, but y… Continue reading

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July 8, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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City crime continues to drop, especially where diversity is strong

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities & Smart Growth, Washington, DC I wrote in May about a report by Richard Florida that city crime had dropped to its lowest rate in 40 years.   And now there’s more:  last week, Florid… Continue reading

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April 25, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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The collapse of the "key assumptions" of sprawl

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities & Smart Growth, Washington, DC  
For today’s entry I am happy to return to Washington Post commentator Roger Lewis, whose April 23 column analyzed market forces now favoring walkable neighbor… Continue reading

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March 2, 2011
by Colin Peppard
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U.S. Driving Rates Are Up… But For How Long?

    
Auto use in the U.S. plunged during the record high gas prices we saw a few years ago. But driving has been steadily creeping back up, and the Department of Transportation announced today that American’s drove about 3 trillion… Continue reading

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February 1, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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Personal income stats: older cities in the East & Midwest are rebounding

 
Throw out those old notions that the sprawling regions of the Sun Belt are where the economic action is, while traditional regions in the Northeast and West have had their day and will only lose traction from here on.  The facts show that … Continue reading

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December 6, 2010
by Kaid Benfield
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It’s time to update the definition of "smart growth"

   
It has been a dozen years or so, fifteen at the most, since a broad but committed group of advocates and organizations coalesced around a shared set of beliefs that, borrowing from then-Maryland-governor Parris Glendening’s la… Continue reading

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