August 15, 2013
by Kaid Benfield
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Reconsidering Seaside, Florida

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
I’m hardly the only one whose career was strongly influenced by the now-iconic planned town of Seaside, on Florida’s Panhandle coast.  If I hadn&r… Continue reading

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July 26, 2013
by Kaid Benfield
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“Transit-oriented development” – becoming loose talk?

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
In my world of environmentalism and community planning, it’s gotten to the point where we bestow the moniker “transit-oriented development” (or T… Continue reading

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November 9, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Honoring a sustainability champion who ‘repairs the fabric of communities’

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
Last year I had the honor of introducing the prominent green developer Jonathan F. P. Rose, and I put it this way:  “I may be an advocate for sustainabi… Continue reading

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August 3, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Two minutes on updating the American Dream, with Peter Calthorpe

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
Innovative architect and urban thinker Peter Calthorpe has directly and indirectly been a huge influence on the field of sustainable communities, particularly with respect… Continue reading

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August 26, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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"The most sustainable trip is the one you never had to take in the first place"

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC

 
The quote in today’s title comes from Alex Steffen, or more accurately from Steffen as presented in a terrific article on Treehugger by Lloyd Alter, summari… Continue reading

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March 28, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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‘Neighborhoods Go Green!’ in highly educational exhibit at AIA

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities & Smart Growth, Washington, DC  
The architecture firm Farr Associates, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and the US Green Building Council have produced a fantastic exhibit on how to create gre… Continue reading

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September 20, 2010
by Kaid Benfield
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Maybe the best little video yet on smart neighborhood-building

California-based architect and co-founder of new urbanism Peter Calthorpe was one of my early inspirations for getting into this field.  Reading Peter’s work in the mid-1990s, I felt for the first time that I had a positive vision to advocate as a… Continue reading

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