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Making the Case for Designing Active Cities

​If you ever spent hours digging for scientific research supporting livable communities, this paper may prove handy. Active Living Research synthesized 418 findings from journal articles and other sources to document features related to physical a… more »
Guidebooks, Studies, Health –  Apr. 17, 2015

Improve Your Community with the ATSDR Action Model Toolkit

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) created the Brownfields/Land Revitalization Action Model to help you make changes were you live — like fixing up old buildings or cleaning empty lots. This toolkit will help you learn how to u… more »
Guidebooks, Toolkits, Communities, Revitalization –  Apr. 17, 2015

Lincoln Institude of Land Policy Image Library

This gallery contains hundreds of aerial photographs of neighborhoods across the country, each measured by density in units-per-acre. It provides a unique tool for translating density numbers into mental images. Visit image library more »
Guidebooks, Density –  Apr. 17, 2015

10 Tips for Cities Ready to Replace Car Parking With Safe Space for Biking

For cities everywhere, converting on-street parking spaces into anything else is one of the greatest challenges in urban planning. Though it’s probably never been done without controversy, many cities have succeeded. This article captures some of the b… more »
Guidebooks, Case Studies, Studies, Streets, bike lanes –  Apr. 16, 2015

2015 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria

Enterprise Green Communities is leading the national effort to ensure that people living in affordable housing are healthier, spend less money on utilities, and have more opportunities through their connections to transportation, quality food and health… more »
Guidebooks, sustainability –  Apr. 16, 2015

Building Healthy Places Toolkit: Strategies for Enhancing Health in the Built Environment

​The Urban Land Institute's "Building Healthy Places Toolkit: Strategies for Enhancing Health in the Built Environment" is a resource for anyone interested in creating places that contribute to healthier people and communities. Read report more »
Community, toolbox, Communities, Health –  Apr. 16, 2015

Equitable Transit Oriented Development: Examining Affordable Housing in Transit-Rich Neighborhoods

​A new Poverty & Race Research Action Council study by UC-Berkeley researchers Miriam Zuk and Ian Carlton assesses whether transit-oriented development is opening up new housing opportunities for low income families, or simply replicating old… more »
Guidebooks, research, transportation, Neighborhood, Community, Housing, economy, Transit –  Apr. 14, 2015

Going Up – Why the Construction Pipeline Means Higher Metrorail Ridership (Part One)

​While factors like fares, service and the economy explain some changes in the Washington region's Metrorail ridership, one absolutely fundamental explanation of differences in "walk ridership" between stations is development. Planning studies hav… more »
Guidebooks, Cities, rail transit, sustainability, Transit –  Apr. 9, 2015

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