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→
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.
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→
Now THIS is an exciting example of People Habitat: The South African firm Architects of Justice has designed a remarkable new school library for one of that country's most historically troubled townships. In so doing, the firm has established an...continued→
Americans walk less on a regular basis than the residents of almost every other comparable country. We’re also one of the most unfit and overweight countries in the world. We need to address both issues at once by making...continued→
As much as anyone, I have touted changing demographics in the US that show the growth of childless households as a portion of overall population. Given that families with kids are the traditional market for sprawling suburban subdivisions, this...continued→
I like to consider “people habitat” – the realm of places that humans build and inhabit – as having an ecology of its own, roughly analogous to that of natural wildlife habitat. Nature works best when it is in...continued→
The German city of Hamburg, the 2011 European Green Capital, has announced an ambitious plan to create and link an amazing 27 square miles of new and existing green space all over the city. The result will be a...continued→
Above is a very good illustration of what amounts to a suburban retrofit to accommodate a new light rail station and associated development. The neighborhood is not far south of Miami International Airport. The infrastructure in particular is very...continued→
On December 18, at the height of the holiday shopping season, I published an article titled, “Is the ‘traditional’ downtown a thing of the past? Is that OK?” (Editors used different titles in publications other than the original on...continued→
Long live creativity, and long live bikes! Check these out: Bay Lake, FL (by: Scott Wurzel) Los Gatos, CA (by: Demetri Mouratis) London, UK (by: nicksarebi) location unknown (by: Richard Masoner/cyclelicious) ...continued→
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