October 25, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Which US metros have the greenest commuting habits?

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
As most readers know only too well, the US pales by comparison to the rest of the world when it comes to getting around by anything other than single-occupancy car… Continue reading

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April 18, 2012
by Amanda Eaken
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Sacramento plan sets the standard for sustainable communities

Amanda Eaken, Deputy Director, Sustainable Communities, San Francisco
This Thursday April 19th, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) is poised to adopt one of the most progressive and transformative smart growth plans in t… Continue reading

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February 15, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Nashville’s promise for a greener transportation future

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
The regional planning authority for the Nashville, Tennessee metropolitan area has embarked on a new philosophy to put the notoriously sprawling region on a less p… Continue reading

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January 19, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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A spiffy green waterfront begins to take shape in DC

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
  
Washington, DC is finally getting a green waterfront development to be proud of.  A 42-acre redevelopment along the Anacostia River, The Yards will compr… Continue reading

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September 27, 2011
by Josh Mogerman
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Riders for Better Transit: A new voice for Chicagoans

Josh Mogerman, Senior Media Associate, Chicago

I take the L to work most days. And for the most part, I love it. (There is still something fun about hopping a train…) But on my travels, I hear plenty of riders complaining about the C… Continue reading

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August 17, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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New data show how transit corridors reduce traffic, increase walking

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC  
New data from Arlington County, Virginia, provide an in-depth look at how a jurisdiction known for great planning has leveraged excellent transit service and transit-oriented deve… 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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May 26, 2011
by Rich Kassel
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New Yorkers Save $700/year at the Pump, Thanks to Smart Transportation Policies

Rich Kassel, Senior Attorney and Director, Clean Fuels and Vehicles Project, New York City The average New York driver saves more than $700 per year in gas, compared to the average driver in Mississippi.  
Given what gas costs around here, that st… Continue reading

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May 23, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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Warning: transit data may not mean what you think they mean

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities & Smart Growth, Washington, DC There were a lot of stories in the press last week about a voluminous study by the Metropolitan Policy Center at Brookings (which does great work and a lot of it) on the be… 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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January 3, 2011
by David Goldstein
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Signs of Economic Progress: Making them Sustainable

Business writers are looking with some pleasure at the sales data for the 2010 holiday season, which are up significantly compared to last year. Business sentiment seems to suggest that we are clawing our way out of the recession, albeit slowly. But ot… Continue reading

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September 14, 2010
by Kaid Benfield
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Analysis proves that even small towns and rural areas have locations eligible for LEED-ND honors

I have been greatly troubled that, within weeks of our finalizing and publishing LEED for Neighborhood Development, a rating system designed to honor and encourage smart, green urbanism, a sort of negative whisper campaign began circulating, claiming t… Continue reading

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September 2, 2010
by David Goldstein
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How to Encourage New Home Construction–and How Not To

An article in the San Francisco Chronicle today shows that the idea of federal tax credits to pay buyers to purchase new homes still has some traction, even though most experts quoted in the article agree that this would be ineffective.
But no one seem… Continue reading

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July 20, 2010
by Kaid Benfield
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A close look at a smart growth icon: Denver’s Highlands’ Garden Village (Part 1)

 
   
Highlands’ Garden Village (HGV) is the kind of neighborhood development that I want to include in almost all of my presentations, partly because it is truly photogenic and partly because it contains so many of the … Continue reading

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