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This report investigates evidence that current development policies result in economically excessive sprawl. It defines sprawl and its alternative, smart growth; describes costs and benefits of sprawl, and estimates their magnitude; identifies policy distortions that encourage sprawl; discusses factors to consider when determining the optimal amount and type of urban expansion for various types of cities; discusses the implications of this analysis for rapidly urbanizing countries; identifies potential policy reforms that could result in more efficient and equitable development patterns, and describes examples of their implementation; and discusses criticisms of sprawl cost studies and smart growth policies.Learn More:
New Climate Economy Report
Metro Boston is on the leading edge of the national structural shift towards walkable urbanism. In Boston, the weighted-average valuation for walkable urban real estate is 37 percent higher than drivable sub-urban real estate in the region, according to “The WalkUP Wake-Up Call: Boston,” a new report. The report makes the case that walkable communities make good sense by ranking the city’s neighborhoods for walkability, and measuring economic performance by real estate valuations, fiscal revenues generated for local government and social equity performance.Learn More:
The WalkUP Wake-Up Call
21,000 Voices Tell Congress to Support Federal Bike/Ped Funding
Tactical Urbanists Are Improving Cities, One Rogue Fix at a Time
Transit, Walkability Key Factors in Kaiser Permanente’s Decision to Put 900 Jobs in Midtown
Meeting the Demand for Walkable Places
April 29 – May 2, 2015
Dallas, TX 75202
This year’s theme looks at the forces driving the desire for more urban lifestyles. Join us to network, learn and collaborate with the top real estate developers, architects, public officials, planners, architects and advocates working to make our cities better places.
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This compilation contains links to more than two dozen online collections with thousands of images that illustrate smart growth principles.
Find out who participates in the Smart Growth Network (SGN) and how they can help your community.