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Protecting watersheds - Better! Cities & Towns

Protecting watersheds as we grow our cities and towns. We don’t have to choose between a growing population and healthy economy, on the one hand, and a healthy and sustainable environment, on the other. We really can have it both ways. Protecting wat… more »
News –  Nov. 25, 2014

Americans Are Commuting Less - Governing Magazine

Jillian Golan got tired of paying repair bills for her 2001 Volkswagen Cabriolet convertible last year and started walking the 20 minutes to her job at a dialysis clinic in Philadelphia. A year and a half later, she hasn’t looked back, joining the growi… more »
News –  Nov. 25, 2014

Ten simple questions we call the Strong Towns Strength Test

People frequently ask if there is a way to measure a successful Strong Town. Systems like LEED-ND have value, but the technical analysis required is time consuming and beyond the reach of many non-professionals. The Government Accounting Standards Board… more »
News –  Nov. 25, 2014

The city is an ecosystem, pipes and all

IS A TREE TRYING to survive in the city better off than a tree growing in the forest? The obvious answer would seem to be “no”: City trees face pollution, poor soil, and a root system disrupted by asphalt and pipes. But when ecologists at Boston Univ… more »
News –  Nov. 25, 2014

New transportation metrics

In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote multimodal transportation, and create a diversity of land uses, California has enacted a bill that will alter the way that transportation impacts are evaluated under the California Environmental Q… more »
News –  Nov. 25, 2014

College Grads Would Stay in Wisconsin if Transit Alternatives Available

A survey conducted by the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG) found that 60 percent of college students said they would be at least "somewhat more likely" to stay in Wisconsin after graduation if they could live in a place where they coul… more »
News, Wisconsin –  Jul. 9, 2014

El Paso Streetcar Revitalization Underway

The city of El Paso has received $97 million from the Texas Transportation Commission for a revitalized streetcar service that will connect downtown El Paso with the University of Texas at El Paso campus. "Heritage" streetcars that ran from 1949 to 1974… more »
News, Texas –  Jul. 9, 2014

Minneapolis Bike Sharing off to Great Start

The Nice Ride bike-sharing system in Minneapolis has more than 1,500 bikes and an operating budget of $1 million, 65 percent of which comes from user revenues and the remainder of which comes from sponsorships and grants. The organization has 11 year-ro… more »
News, Minnesota –  Jul. 9, 2014

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