This research report by Community Builders, a project of the Sonoran Institute, shows how commercial real estate in the American West is trending away from single-use malls on the outskirts of town and toward smaller shops and a complete shopping "experience" in town centers.Learn More:
Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program: Continued Progress in Developing Walking and Bicycling Networks
This 2014 report summarizes the progress and results of a Federal Highway Administration Program that invested $25 million in four communities in Missouri, California, Minnesota, and Wisconsin for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and nonmotorized programs. [The program demonstrated significant savings in vehicle miles traveled, air pollution reduction, and increased bike and pedestrian infrastructure. Despite large increases in nonmotorized transportation, the pilot communities collectively observed a 20 percent decline in the number of pedestrian fatalities and an almost 30 percent decline in the number of bicycle fatalities from 2002 to 2012.Learn More:
Protecting watersheds - Better! Cities & Towns
Americans Are Commuting Less - Governing Magazine
Ten simple questions we call the Strong Towns Strength Test
January 29 - 31, 2015
New Partners is the nation's largest smart growth and sustainability conference. It attracts participants from urban, suburban, and rural communities from across the country and hundreds of speakers from multiple disciplines. This year's conference will feature numerous informational sessions, training workshops, networking opportunities, community tours, and more.
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.
The Washington, D.C.-based Smart Growth Speaker Series hosts speakers on a monthly basis at the National Building Museum. Speakers describe, explore, identify and foster dialog on positive change in growth and development patterns.
The National Conversation on the Future of Our Communities: COMPENDIUM
Browse the 20 papers submitted by our readers that address the future of our communities, and the issues we have to tackle to make our communities better.