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D.C. vs. the Green Apple: In Efficiency, We're Closer Than You Think

Brian F. Keane | Posted 11.29.2011 | DC
Brian F. Keane

New York City has it all: high-efficiency windows, hybrid taxis, low-flow appliances, underwater turbines and more. But let's face it: it's easy for cities to be efficient. What about the suburbs?

American Jobs Act's Project Rebuild Aims to Revitalize Vacant Homes

Geoffrey Anderson | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey Anderson

It can be difficult for a city to recover when, on top of unemployment, homes are boarded up or downtown is empty. Project Rebuild's strategies are exactly how smart growth can help communities facing these challenges.

The Problem With Potholes: Neglected Road Repair Poses Huge Liabilities for Many States

Geoffrey Anderson | Posted 08.02.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey Anderson

For decades, states have invested disproportionately in road expansion and left regular repair and preservation underfunded. As a result of these spen...

EPA Announces Plan to Abandon Kansas City -- at the Cost of the City and Taxpayers

Geoffrey Anderson | Posted 06.15.2011 | Green
Geoffrey Anderson

To avoid small costs, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be creating big costs for everyone, including the federal government.

Nurturing a Smart and Sustainable Community

John M. Eger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John M. Eger

One of the more interesting paradoxes is that the more we live and work in cyberspace, the more important real place becomes.

On the Road to Recovery, Smart Transportation Policies Stimulate the Economy and Create Jobs

Geoffrey Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey Anderson

By prioritizing the care of existing infrastructure and public transportation, states can stretch precious transportation dollars further, put more Americans back to work, and help our economy grow.

A Sputnik Moment for Smart Growth

Geoffrey Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey Anderson

In his State of the Union address, President Obama laid out strategies for better education, better energy production, better transportation and better job creation. All of these strategies are key to a stronger American economy.

Village Green: Walkable Neighborhoods Enjoy More Trust, Participation

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

  A study by the Natural Resources and Earth System Science program at the University of New Hampshire finds that residents of neighborhoods wit...

Village Green: EPA Honors 5 Exemplars of Smart Growth

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

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Wasteful Development Subsidies Among Cuts Proposed by Debt Commission

Geoffrey Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey Anderson

If Congress really wants to rebuild our economy and spur job growth they should start by cutting federal subsidies that incentivize wasteful development and bankrupt our communities.

PHOTOS: These States Aren't Letting The Climate Bill Failure Stop Them

The Huffington Post | Alden Wicker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Though the federal government may be hamstrung by man-made climate change deniers and dirty energy lobbyists, state governments are doing their part t...

Village Green: Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Patrick Condon, senior researcher at the Centre for Sustainable Design at the University of British Columbia, has a new book, Sustainable Communities:...

Village Green: Musings on Vacation Sites, Consumption, and Resilient Communities

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

  When one can afford it, travel can be a wonderful experience.  Many of us relish the adventure of seeing new places, eating new foods, ex...

Village Green: How Government Buildings Shape Community, and What to Do

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

We generally do not think of the federal government as having much of a role in the shape and function of our local cities and towns. But there are important ways in which it does.

Village Green: With the Oil Spill, What Will Become of Pass Christian?

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

      “You’ve probably had your last really good Pass Christian oyster for a while,” Captain Louis Skrmetta of Ship...

Village Green: New Program Launches to Promote Smart, Green Land Development

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

The country’s first comprehensive system for defining, measuring, and certifying smart, green land development is now fully open for business. T...

Village Green: New California Report Shows Dramatic Potential of Smarter Land Use

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

A new state-sponsored report reveals that smart planning could bring dramatic environmental and economic benefits to California, while troub...

What's Lost in the Debate Over Financial Regulation Reform? Real Reform.

Edward D. Hess | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Edward D. Hess

In a new book, I subject a number of core presumptions of both Wall Street and major corporations about business growth to the scrutiny of hard research--presumptions that were major contributors to the 2008 financial meltdown.

Village Green: A Personal Earth Day Journey, from NIMBY to YIMBY

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Last week, I attended the annual conference of the American Planning Association, where I was invited to speak.  We were in New Orleans, one of t...

Village Green: Dick Moe's Legacy for History, Community, and Sustainability

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Under Dick's leadership the National Trust for Historic Preservation became an articulate voice not just for buildings but for community.

Village Green: Planning Cities for Sustainability and Resilience

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Why do environmentalists trumpet successes in getting big-city mayors to cut energy consumption and emissions, while focusing almost no attention on the suburbs, where the real inefficiencies are?

Village Green: Backyard Cottages Strengthen Neighborhoods, Add Affordability

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

  We know we need to absorb more people and homes in our existing communities in order to avoid the unacceptable environmental, economic and soc...

Village Green: "I watched the growth - it's become 'Paradise Lost' for me"

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Today’s title comes from Jeff Holm, chair of the Board of Supervisors for Baldwin Township, Minnesota.  Baldwin is a rural community s...

Village Green: Vancouver's medal-worthy Olympic Village

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

    Vancouver’s civic leaders believe that the athlete’s village built for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and the planned neig...

Village Green: Some Fighting Words About Suburban Sprawl

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

  “The biggest fight I think we’ll see in the next ten years is the fight between people in cities who are trying to transform them ...