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Ten Questions We Should Be Asking About Our Communities

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 07.08.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Green buildings are mainstream now, and green infrastructure is advancing. Indeed, some progressive institutions believe it is time to begin installing "net-positive" buildings that produce more sustainable energy and water than they consume, and that generate no net waste.

Fighting Climate Change With Sensible City Planning

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.05.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Here in the US, we're going to be growing, and growing a lot: How we manage that growth will affect everything from how healthy our economy will be to how nourished and happy we will be as people to, yes, how healthy the future of our planet is.

In Praise of the Great American Main Street

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 07.27.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

While some Main Streets seem well past their prime, others remain thriving to this day. Why? A lot of it has to do with the towns and cities in which they are located, of course; it's hard to have a well-functioning Main Street in a down-and-out community. But there are also elements of design and context that matter.

The Anatomy of the Perfect Business Homepage

Don Dodds | Posted 07.16.2014 | Small Business
Don Dodds

Visiting your homepage is likely to be the first experience that one has with your business, so it shouldn't be too difficult to see why it is one of the most important pages of your website.

Bringing Sustainability to Life on Main Street

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 07.09.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Context is everything: A so-called "green" building won't be green in its performance if it's in the wrong place, contributing to suburban sprawl and requiring people to drive long distances to get to and from it.

People, Investment Continue to Flow to Core Cities Faster Than to Suburbs

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.15.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

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.

Smart Growth Helps Combat Climate Change

Rep. Doris Matsui | Posted 05.04.2014 | Green
Rep. Doris Matsui

When given an option to walk or bike in a safe and secure manner, people will take advantage of it. And when people choose these options and get out of their cars, the climate benefits are immense.

Cities and the Environment

David S. Beckman | Posted 11.27.2013 | Green
David S. Beckman

With billions headed for urban centers in the decades to come, and with cities already home to a majority of the earth's population, the future of cities and our environment are inextricably connected.

The Prosperity/Well-being Conundrum

Jonathan F.P. Rose | Posted 09.19.2013 | Impact
Jonathan F.P. Rose

Is it more important to measure the distribution of income within a city, or the city's level of access to economic opportunity and mobility?

Can Garcetti Put An End To LA's Biggest Problem?

Joel John Roberts | Posted 07.28.2013 | Los Angeles
Joel John Roberts

With significant deficits in the city's budget, and public debate over city employee raises and cuts in services, the notion of ending homelessness for 23,500 Angelenos seems daunting.

John Celock

Georgia Republican Distances Himself From Obama 'Mind-Control' Lecture

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics

The Republican majority leader of the Georgia state Senate is distancing himself from a lecture he organized last month for Republican senators in whi...

Are Lawns Bad?

Mark Hostetler | Posted 05.27.2012 | Green
Mark Hostetler

I regard lawns as bad because they are like concrete to most species and have very little benefit for wildlife. But are lawns bad, considering all the other activities and consumption patterns we urbanites partake in?

When Romney Liked High Gas Prices

The New Republic | Alec MacGillis | Posted 03.22.2012 | Politics

As he campaigns for president, Mitt Romney is ratcheting up his attacks on Barack Obama over high gas prices, putting the issue at the center of his e...

Evaluating Green Communities: Part 5

Mark Hostetler | Posted 05.15.2012 | Green
Mark Hostetler

When you think about it, a window has a complicated job: it must allow the sun's light to pass though, but not the sun's heat. It must keep cool conditioned air inside, but not have condensation on the outside of the glass.

Evaluating Green Communities: Part 4

Mark Hostetler | Posted 05.13.2012 | Green
Mark Hostetler

You should not rely on a certificate as the sole indicator of how green your community is -- rely more on your "on-the-ground" analysis. Here are some things to look for.

Evaluating Green Communities: Part 3

Mark Hostetler | Posted 05.11.2012 | Green
Mark Hostetler

Trails, sidewalks, and open spaces not only encourage residents to interact with their environment, but also promote a strong sense of community by facilitating interactions among neighbors.

Evaluating Green Communities: Part 2

Mark Hostetler | Posted 05.08.2012 | Green
Mark Hostetler

If you (as the homeowner) decide to convert the lawn to more native landscaping, will you be able to do so without penalty?

Evaluating Green Communities: Part 1

Mark Hostetler | Posted 05.07.2012 | Green
Mark Hostetler

So you're buying a new home, and you're committed to "buying green" -- a house with good indoor air quality, that doesn't cost a fortune to heat and cool and resides in an ecologically friendly neighborhood. How do you find out about all that?

As the House Transportation Bill Languishes, There's Still Time to 'Fix It First'

Geoffrey Anderson | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics
Geoffrey Anderson

Americans are ready for an economically sound, people-friendly, and bipartisan transportation bill. It's a good thing our elected officials have extra time to meet those expectations.

Walkable Neighborhoods Gaining Popularity -- Even in the Suburbs

Geoffrey Anderson | Posted 02.05.2012 | Green
Geoffrey Anderson

More and more Americans want to live in these affordable and accessible neighborhoods -- and the proof is in the prices of homes in these areas.

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.