I could not be more honored and excited to announce that Shelley Poticha is coming to NRDC to direct and build our new urban solutions program. Shelley has spent the last four years at the Department of Housing and...continued→
Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC,
Director, Sustainable Communities, NRDC; adjunct professor, George Washington University School of Law; co-founder, LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system; co-founder, Smart Growth America coalition; author of several books on smart growth and sprawl.
Attorney, recovering litigator, cyclist, blogger, dreamer. Watch for Kaid’s forthcoming book, People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think about Greener Cities.
Follow Kaid on Twitter: @Kaid_at_NRDC.
It’s no secret, unfortunately, that many American downtowns and neighborhoods were disinvested, some severely, over the past several decades. The consequences were devastating, as homes and storefronts were abandoned and once-thriving communities became devoid of opportunity and safety for...continued→
For the past several years, the Boston Foundation has been collecting data on key indicators of the health of the city’s economic, social, and natural environment. The Boston Indicators Project surveys ten key categories relevant to quality of life:...continued→
I don’t think filmmaker Alessandro Della Bella intended to make a video about transit in Zurich, but trains, trams, streetcars and the people who ride them are the clear stars in this hyper-fun time-lapse video. Frenetic Zurich is one...continued→
Today’s article is another excerpt from my forthcoming book, People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think about Greener, Healthier Cities, which will be coming out later this year. I shared an excerpt from the introduction on March 27. In the...continued→
Today’s post is written by my frequent collaborator and contributor to this site, Lee Epstein Lee is an attorney and land use planner working for sustainability in the mid-Atlantic region. His last appearance here was on April 3 (“The...continued→
I took a tour of Miami Beach this morning. No, not in person (though I wish), but via the wonders of Google Earth. And I didn’t see South Beach, the grand hotels, or the ocean, for that matter. So...continued→
I hesitate to write yet another article about bringing “smart growth” – the combination of ideas born in the 1990s to counter suburban sprawl – into the 21st century. I’ve long argued that, at a minimum, it’s time to...continued→
It’s ridiculously easy to think about the benefits of historic preservation in immensely walkable Providence, Rhode Island. I’m not sure I’ve seen a better collection of downtown historic architecture this side of New Orleans. Elsewhere there are fine smaller...continued→
Most working port areas of most cities - including just about all in the US - are way outmoded and polluting, and in deperate need of transformation for people and the environment. In Rio de Janeiro, the city's working waterfront is being...continued→
As I write, places like Clarksville, Missouri and Grand Rapids, Michigan are under water, having been hit by severe rains and consequent flooding over the last week. “The worst flood in recorded history” was the phrase used by one...continued→
The Wikipedia entry for Stockholm’s Metro system says that it has 100 stations in use along 106 kilometers (about 65 miles) of track. I seem to recall that Stockholm was one of the cities used to illustrate the concept...continued→
Earlier this week at the annual conference of the American Planning Association, I attended a very interesting session on GIS mapping of combined data sets. It was billed as a session on “mashups,” which I suppose the presenters thought...continued→
As I wrote two years ago, a successful rural landscape – working farms and forests, and natural areas that last – is utterly dependent on successful town (and smaller city) centers that attract investment, residents and businesses that might...continued→
For several years now, many of us have been predicting - or even celebrating - the end of the era of unfettered sprawl. Central cities have been making a comeback; car ownership is down among young adults; in some places, exurban...continued→
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