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Creative Placemaking throughout the United States.

PRESS CONTACT: Victoria Hutter, hutterv@arts.gov, 202-682-5692 PROGRAM CONTACT: Katryna Carter, carterk@arts.gov, 202-682-5047 How to Do Creative Placemaking New Book and December 6 National Convening Explore Creative Placemaking Event to be Livestreamed. Follow conversations at #creativeplace Washington, DC— In its ongoing commitment to producing resources for community engagement with the arts, the National Endowment for the […]

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Smart Growth America—Free Technical Assistance Workshops

Smart Growth America is accepting applications to provide free technical assistance workshops in 2014. Over a dozen different types of workshops are offered to cities, counties, Indian tribes, and regional governments interested in achieving their local goals through better development strategies. These workshops are funded under a grant to Smart Growth America from EPA’s Office […]

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Realtors® Survey Finds Mixed-Use, Walkable Communities Preferred

American consumers prefer walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods and shorter commutes when choosing a community, according to a new survey from the National Association of Realtors®. Six in 10 respondents favored a neighborhood with a mix of houses, stores, and other businesses within walking distance, rather than neighborhoods that require more driving time between home, work, and […]

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News from Smart Growth America

Walkable Neighborhoods are Key to Revitalizing American Suburbs Suburbs around the country are reinventing themselves by adopting pedestrian-friendly streets and amenities, according to a news report on CNBC. The growing demand for neighborhoods where people can walk to shops, restaurants, parks and schools is outpacing supply–but creating walkable communities goes beyond simply building sidewalks and […]

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The Secrets of Successful Communities

There are over 25,000 incorporated communities in America. How many of these are truly successful? How is it that some small towns and rust belt cities are prospering, while many others are suffering disinvestment, loss of identity, and even abandonment? Why are some communities able to maintain their historic character and quality of life in […]

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Clairmont Avenue Walgreens New Development

Information from our friends at Design Alabama: It wasn’t design-by-committee, but the new Walgreens adjacent to Birmingham’s Highland Park and Forest Park neighborhoods might be called design-by-community. Responses from the architects and the developer led to a good fit. http://designalabama.org/feature_pdfs/2013-01-03_walgreens.pdf

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Block size, not just density, key to cutting auto travel

A study by the universities of Washington and Maryland researchers adds further weight to the notion — now confirmed in many studies — that smart growth (higher density, mixed-use, walkable urban form) significantly reduces vehicle miles traveled (VMT). The study, published in Transport and Land Use, emphasizes that reducing block sizes is a more important […]

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2012 Smart Growth National Award Winners

2012 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement (PDF) (20 pp, 1.9MB, About PDF) This year’s award recognizes four winners and three honorable mentions in four categories: Overall Excellence in Smart Growth (Winner): The BLVD Transformation — Lancaster, California A dilapidated downtown corridor has been transformed into a lively, mixed-use district through investments in the streetscape, […]

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