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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September 17, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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The challenging transformation of Valley Homes: from decay to the beginnings of community

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
 
Lincoln Heights, Ohio, is about a dozen miles north of Cincinnati.  It contains around 4,500 residents, 98 percent of them African-American.  In … Continue reading

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August 6, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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It doesn’t have to be low-density to be sprawl

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
On my flight home from California last week, I took the photo above.  It’s not the greatest photo, but I captured the image to illustrate the edge of suburban… Continue reading

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March 12, 2012
by Amanda Eaken
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Five recommendations for a transformative Sustainable Communities Strategy in Southern California

Amanda Eaken, Deputy Director, Sustainable Communities, San Francisco
Whenever I tell my New York City family that I’m working to create transit in LA, I get a quizzical look that falls somewhere between skepticism and outright di… Continue reading

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January 3, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Smaller, more sustainable living in neighborhoods that fit in

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
When talking about reducing the footprint of our living patterns on the landscape and the earth’s limited resources, I always stress that this does not neces… Continue reading

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December 12, 2011
by Amanda Eaken
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Has the sun set on suburban sprawl in California?

Amanda Eaken, Deputy Director, Sustainable Communities, San Francisco
A new study issued today by the Urban Land Institute confirms what many of us living in California already know–sprawl has had its heyday, and more and more peo… Continue reading

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October 26, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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Geography of housing recovery favors cities and walkable neighborhoods

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
The map just above shows the degree to which twelve jurisdictions in the Washington, DC metropolitan area have experienced a housing recovery.  In particular,… Continue reading

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October 26, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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Geography of housing recovery favors cities and walkable neighborhoods

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
The map just above shows the degree to which twelve jurisdictions in the Washington, DC metropolitan area have experienced a housing recovery.  In particular,… Continue reading

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August 4, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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The ‘not so big’ neighborhood

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities & Smart Growth, Washington, DC
 
The Chicago suburb of Libertyville (population 22,000) is about to get a compact, highly walkable bit of infill development, just a block off the to… Continue reading

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