Move your cursor over the images for credit information. Kaid Benfield writes about community, development, and the environment on Switchboard and in other national media. Kaid’s latest book is People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener,...continued→
Kaid Benfield, Special Counsel for Urban Solutions, Washington, DC,
Special counsel for urban solutions, 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. Kaid’s latest book is People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think about Greener, Healthier Cities.
Follow Kaid on Twitter: @Kaid_at_NRDC.
New data confirm that central cities continue to grow faster than their suburbs. This still relatively new trend reverses a century of just the opposite, when city dwellers fled to suburbs and sprawl ate up the countryside. Not that...continued→
Something special is happening in Indianapolis, and it's transforming neighborhoods. As I wrote in People Habitat, revitalization when done well is almost unparalleled in its ability to boost the “triple bottom line” of sustainability: a healthy environment, a healthy...continued→
LA's Little Tokyo strengthens its identity by planning a "cultural eco-district" (written with Thomas Yee)
The Little Tokyo neighborhood in Los Angeles is one of the country’s most important Asian-American communities. Comprising roughly five large city blocks, it has been maintained over the generations with ups and downs – including substantial depletion of population...continued→
Remember that book from a few years ago, The World Without Us? It depicted the post-apocalyptic ruins of civilization once the buildings and infrastructure began to wear down and there was no one around to tame the inevitable reclaiming...continued→
Sustainable neighborhoods are the building blocks of sustainable cities. Neighborhoods are where development decisions are made and where increments of change – whether good or bad – actually take place, as well as where residents and workers experience the...continued→
I am a lover of cities, just as I am a lover of the natural world. When I travel, I can’t help but take note of how well cities and regions function. I recently had the opportunity to return...continued→
A few days ago, I made a presentation to a group of thoughtful and accomplished philanthropists on sustainable land development. I made a strong pitch for urban revitalization and was countered with a question about gentrification, the messy phenomenon...continued→
I and others have been tracking for some time a surging interest in walkable neighborhoods, in both reinvested downtowns and more pedestrian-friendly suburban developments. Just last month I cited University of Utah Professor Arthur C. Nelson for the propositions...continued→
On January 29, mayors from ten major American cities announced that they will participate in a united effort to significantly boost energy efficiency in their buildings. Combined, the initiative could cut as much carbon pollution as generated by 1...continued→
Mumbai is a study in contrasts. Once known to English speakers as Bombay, the city is India’s largest, with a population of some 12.5 million people (metro area 20.5 million). It has the highest GDP of any city in...continued→
Some years ago, when our movement to replace sprawl with better cities and suburbs was relatively new, I had a big moment at NRDC. I finally persuaded the Powers That Be in our large, complex organization to feature the...continued→
Professor Arthur C. Nelson, of the University of Utah, has made a career out of studying the relationships between demographic and real estate market trends. He predicted the 2007 collapse of the housing market because of oversupply of key housing...continued→
The folks who have brought us the wonderful app Walk Score and who also generate “transit scores” for neighborhoods and cities have just issued new rankings of the best cities in the US for taking public transportation. In particular,...continued→
When a city or town loses a historic building in its center, it loses a piece of its identity, part of the “there” that communities must have to distinguish themselves, to be cared for and loved. It is important,...continued→
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