June 27, 2013
by Kaid Benfield
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The proof is in: smart growth reduces risk of mortgage default

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
An exhaustive analysis of 37,000 mortgages on multifamily rental properties has found that, when other factors are appropriately controlled, those properties in sm… Continue reading

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March 26, 2013
by Kaid Benfield
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New DC data confirm real estate recovery strongest in central & transit-served locations

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
New data from the Washington, DC metro area, published this month in The Washingtonian, show that the area’s real estate recovery since 2009 has been strong.  B… Continue reading

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March 14, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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A high-tech corporate giant strengthens a walkable, transit-accessible neighborhood

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
      
 
Despite being all-in with blogging and social media, I’ll confess to some ambivalence toward electronic media that displace bric… Continue reading

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June 20, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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Great green uses for wasted infrastructure

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities & Smart Growth, Washington, DC The American Society of Landscape Architects has terrific, informative videos on its site.  Their latest shows how to make much better use of ‘dead spots’ … Continue reading

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March 2, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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Transit-based industrial development

Almost all discussion of transit-accessible development that I have been part of has revolved around mixed-use neighborhoods and/or affordable housing.  Both are important and much needed.
But so are transit-accessible jobs.  As the Center fo… Continue reading

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February 17, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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The remarkable story of Oakland’s Fruitvale Transit Village (part 1)

 
While meeting in Oakland last week, my NRDC colleagues and I were treated to a tour of that city’s Fruitvale Transit Village, a multi-layered, inclusive, highly walkable, multiple-use development built around the Fruitvale neighborhood&rs… Continue reading

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