May 31, 2013
by Kaid Benfield
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How Baltimore helps convert vacant properties into rehabbed homes

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
This will eventually be an article about Baltimore’s terrific Vacants to Values program, which is targeting abandoned housing for reinvestment and succeeding… Continue reading

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December 28, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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The voices behind a remarkably inclusive green neighborhood-in-progress

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
If you can find a better process of community engagement for a city-sponsored housing initiative than the one undertaken by the Denver Housing Authority for Maripo… Continue reading

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October 28, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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The amazing resurgence of the South Bronx

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
   
New York City’s South Bronx is making an astounding comeback.  Not that long ago, the neighborhood was perhaps the country’s most villified, a setting … Continue reading

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October 13, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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The spectacular ‘green way’ to build affordable housing

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
   
Via Verde (“Green Way” in Spanish) is a new mixed-income, mixed-use development nearing completion in a once-severely disinvested area… Continue reading

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August 10, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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Urban revitalization is green. Let’s make it greener, greater, and more inclusive.

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities & Smart Growth, Washington, DC When revitalization of our distressed neighborhoods is done well, it is almost unrivaled in its ability to advance simultaneously the “triple bottom line” of su… Continue reading

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December 10, 2010
by Kaid Benfield
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Philadelphia will add new neighborhood-scale parks as part of ambitious green vision

I have long thought it more important that we have neighborhood parks within convenient reach of people than that we have large city parks (though it’s nice to have both).  I was impressed, for example, when the residents of the South Bronx neighb… Continue reading

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August 30, 2010
by Allen Hershkowitz
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On the Passing of NYT reporter John Holusha

Environmentalists and thoughtful people everywhere lost a compatriot last week with the passing of John Holusha, a longtime New York Times business reporter. 
John Holusha arrived in New York in the late 1980s from the New York Times’ Detroi… Continue reading

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