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Obama administration backs smart growth (he should check out our new web tool)

Scott Dodd

Posted January 21, 2009 in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Everyone seems to be having fun reading the revamped whitehouse.gov website today and seeing what it says about their top priorities.

After writing about the challenges of communicating smart growth earlier today, I was curious what the new Obama administration would have to say about the issue.

Before I even got the chance to scroll through the new website myself, though, I noticed this post at the Carfree USA blog (via the awesome Streetsblog Network), pointing me to the relevant passages:

Build More Livable and Sustainable Communities: Our communities will better serve all of their residents if we are able to leave our cars to walk, bicycle and access other transportation alternatives. President Obama will re-evaluate the transportation funding process to ensure that smart growth considerations are taken into account.

Foster Healthy Communities:
How a community is designed -- including the layout of its roads, buildings and parks -- has a huge impact on the health of its residents. For instance, nearly one-third of Americans live in neighborhoods without sidewalks and less than half of our country's children have a playground within walking distance of their homes.

Those are just two planks in a pretty big platform, but I'm glad to see the new administration including them -- and I'm eager to see how they're addressed in the days to come.

Smart growth has the potential to help solve everything from global warming to the energy crisis to America's obesity epidemic. To understand how, why not check out NRDC's new Picturing Smart Growth feature?

(Sorry, I just had to get in that extra plug, for Kaid's sake.)

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