Brownfield Health Indicator Tool

​Brownfield redevelopment is complicated, often with many roadblocks to remediation, but communities who avoid brownfield sites can inadvertently limit economic development opportunities in areas of higher poverty or urban neighborhoods. Minnesota Brownfields and the Minnesota Department of Health have developed a new Brownfield and Health Assessment tool to assist planners, public health professionals, and other brownfield redevelopment influencers engage the community in redevelopment planning. Learn more... Read more

Advancing a New Wave of Urban Competitiveness: The Role of Mayors in the Rise of Innovation Districts

Over the past year, the United States Conference of Mayors and the Brookings Institution, along with the Project for Public Spaces have worked together to capture a new model of growth that is emerging in cities and the particular roles that mayors can play. This handbook offers concrete strategies for mayors and their administrations to facilitate the rise of innovation districts—small geographic areas within cities where research universities, medical institutions, and companies cluster and connect with start-ups, accelerators, and incubators.... Read more

Treepedia

This interactive website uses Google Street View data to measure the urban “Green Canopy,” or the aboveground portion of trees and vegetation in cities around the world. Treepedia allows city dwellers to view the location and size of trees within their communities, and a future iteration of the website will allow users to submit input to help tag, track, and advocate for more such trees in their cities. Learn more... Read more

Making Space for Tiny Houses

​Tiny houses are attracting a lot of attention. Advocates often tout the affordability and environmental friendliness of living in very small homes. Meanwhile, skeptics and detractors see a passing fad and caution against embracing tiny houses as a distinct type of dwelling. The latest edition of PAS QuickNotes describes different types of tiny houses and explains how land-use and development regulations affect tiny-house living. Read more... Read more

Design Your Town

This interactive web-based resource from the Regional Plan Association (RPA) is for citizen planners, professionals and anyone concerned about the quality of the villages and landscapes where they live. The website has attractive and sustainable designs for different kinds of places along with the details, policies and regulations needed for implementation. You can start by picking the kind of place you want to fix – from downtowns to rural villages – or by searching through best practices for landscape design,... Read more

The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2016

More than 1,000 jurisdictions in the United States have made formal commitments to streets that are safe and convenient for everyone—no matter their age, income, race, ethnicity, physical ability, or how they choose to travel—by passing a Complete Streets policy. In 2016, 222 new policies were passed, and this year’s policies were the strongest yet. This report from the National Complete Streets Coalition celebrates all of these accomplishments as well as the communities that passed the strongest Complete Streets policies... Read more

Public Benefit from Publicly Owned Parcels: Effective Practices in Affordable Housing Development

This research from Enterprise Community Partners identifies leading practices and recommendations for overcoming challenges to creating affordable housing and other community benefits through the publicly owned parcel development process. This research also provides a range of approaches and success stories for equitable publicly owned parcel development. Read report... Read more

Guide to Equitable, Community-Driven Climate Preparedness Planning

Delivering more equitable outcomes requires a different approach to planning. Many climate preparedness and adaptation guides exist and most acknowledge the importance of equity and public participation; however, few address equity issues by addressing specific adaptation solutions, tactics for inclusive community engagement, or the root causes of inequities in climate risk. This guide from the Urban Sustainability Directors Network addresses these gaps. The purpose of the Guide to Equitable, Community-Driven Climate Preparedness Planning is to provide guidance to local governments... Read more

Preservation for People: A Vision for the Future

This report from the National Trust for Historic Preservation represents the culmination of more than a year of aspirational thought and discussion among preservationists, scholars, and others closely aligned with or affected by their work, including architects, artists, community advocates, developers, and municipal leaders. After 50 years of achievement under the National Historic Preservation Act, this report takes stock of the current direction, strengths, and shortcomings of historic preservation; and develops a vision to guide efforts for the next 50... Read more
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