August 5, 2013
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Cobb County, Georgia sees Agenda 21 plot in bike lanes and sidewalks

Putting money into non-motorized transportation is just the thin edge of the Agenda 21 wedge. Continue reading

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July 22, 2013
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You think the sidewalks are crowded today? Look at Chicago in 1897, filmed by Thomas Edison

Whenever people say streets are for cars, they should be reminded of who was there first. Continue reading

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July 15, 2013
by Kaid Benfield
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Sustainability and the urban commons (Part 1 of 2)

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
My neighborhood has a “commons.”  So does yours.  The commons comprises those explicitly or, in some cases, implicitly shared resources in wh… Continue reading

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July 3, 2013
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‘Soft’ sidewalks to reduce bicycle crashes

Leave it to Swedish scientists, who are developing a softer material to make bike paths and sidewalks with. Now that’s truly a bike-friendly world. Continue reading

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June 4, 2013
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Spanish village returns dog poop to owners who didn’t pick it up

Home delivery of their dog’s ‘lost property’ is encouraging villagers to keep sidewalks poop-free. Continue reading

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May 16, 2013
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Change in cycle track policy needed to boost ridership, public health

Bicycle engineering guidelines often used by state regulators to design bicycle facilities need to be overhauled to reflect current cyclists’ preferences and safety data, according to a new study. They say that US guidelines should be expanded to offer… Continue reading

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February 21, 2013
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Are sidewalks a civic responsibility? Not in Atlanta

One might think that promoting walking as an alternative to driving might be good for cities clogged with cars full of overweight people. Continue reading

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May 22, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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A short walk reveals the simple delights of cities worth loving

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
  
Phil LaCombe and Lou Thomas, co-founders of the website and blog Small Streets, believe that the Danish capital of Copenhagen provides a special environment f… Continue reading

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December 8, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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‘Weed bombing’ turns blight to bright in Miami

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC

A group of friends in Miami have had enough of overgrown weeds on vacant lots and public property – particularly sidewalks – in their neighborhood, chronicall… Continue reading

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August 22, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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The popsicle test, the Halloween test, and neighborhoods for kids

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
In a recent post on his firm’s excellent blog, PlacesShakers and NewsMakers, Scott Doyon reminds us of the “popsicle test” of a well-designed neighborhoo… Continue reading

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July 5, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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‘Green cities’ in the US and Canada, kind of (part 1: overall, land use, and transportation evaluations)

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities & Smart Growth, Washington, DC  
I may as well start with the caveat that any attempt to measure, score or rank places with respect to almost anything will be incomplete at best and can be wildly m… 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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April 29, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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How Melbourne sets an example for urban livability

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities & Smart Growth, Washington, DC This great video by Streetfilms packs about 20 great city ideas into ten minutes, just by taking the viewer around the sidewalks and streets of Melbourne, Australia.  … Continue reading

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April 7, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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Industry study: Americans want smart growth

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities & Smart Growth, Washington, DC  
Americans decidedly favor walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods, says a new industry study.  In fact, 56 percent of us prefer smart growth neighborhoods over those… Continue reading

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