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RESTORE: Commercial and Mixed-use Development Trends in the Rocky Mountain West

RESTORE: Commercial and Mixed-use Development Trends in the Rocky Mountain West

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.

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http://communitybuilders.net/RESTORE/

 

Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program: Continued Progress in Developing Walking and Bicycling Networks

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:
www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/ntpp/2014_report/hep14035.pdf

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Quotes

"The more successfully a city mingles everyday diversity of uses and users in its everyday streets, the more successfully, casually (and economically) its people thereby enliven and support well-located parks that can thus give back grace and delight to their neighborhoods instead of vacuity."

Jane Jacobs, author
The Death and Life of Great American Cities

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Call for Session Proposals


14th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference: Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities

January 29 - 31, 2015
Baltimore, Maryland


Do you have a practical tool or innovative strategy for creating great communities? Submit a session proposal to the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, to be held January 29-31, 2015, in Baltimore, Maryland.

The call for session proposals opened June 2 and closes July 11. Detailed instructions can be found on the conference's Call for Session Proposals page. Note there is no limit to the number of proposals any one person or entity can submit.

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.

www.newpartners.org

SGN Image Libraries

This compilation contains links to more than two dozen online collections with thousands of images that illustrate smart growth principles.

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Smart Growth Network

Find out who participates in the Smart Growth Network (SGN) and how they can help your community.


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Speaker SeriesNational Building Museum Logo

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.


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The National Conversation on the Future of Our Communities: COMPENDIUM

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.