3 Ways EVs Could Sideswipe the ‘Rules’ of Urban Living

Gabe Klein, a former Zipcar vice president and expert on urban design and transportation, estimates there are 30 parking spots for every person in Houston. This statistic underscores just how profoundly car ownership has affected city planning. The rise of electric vehicles, not just cars, could encourage cities to put people first when planning neighborhoods and transportation systems. They could prioritize shared modes of transportation and pedestrian traffic, and set aside discussions about building more highways and roads. Read more... Read more

“Smart” Bench Gathers Data to Help Urban Planners meet Public’s Needs

Landscape designers, who design public spaces, now have the help of the smart bench. The bench collects data from individual’s ID associated with the Wi-Fi enabled device, so that if they visit the park again it will know that they are not a new visitor. This allows the designers to know when new or returning visitors are frequenting the park and therefore can appropriately schedule public park events. Read more... Read more

Downtown Missoula’s Parking Puzzle

Free parking at homes, malls, grocery stores, parking garages are causing Americans to become far too dependent on cars, while also wasting space and increasing emissions outputs. Missoula, Montana’s Parking Commission Director Rod Austin, is focused on limiting parking and depending on public transportation. Read more... Read more

Why Sacramento Plans to Demolish and Replace an Entire Neighborhood

​Sacramento’s Twin Rivers housing project has long been one of the city’s most isolated neighborhoods; that is about to change. The city’s redevelopment agency and a national developer plan to tear down the entire community and its 218 outdated units and replace it with a denser, mixed-income urban village that will house many more people, not all of them poor. Read more... Read more

Next Land Bank Director Sees Chance to Make Big Changes in Detroit

​Saskia Thompson is poised to return to her hometown of Detriot as the new executive director of the Detroit Land Bank Authority. It is the largest land bank in the U.S., with tens of thousands of vacant lots and houses in its inventory, the exoskeleton of the million-plus people who left. The authority means to restore them to productive use. Read more... Read more

Land Trust Alliance Education Grant

With U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service funds, the Alliance will support educational programming for the land trust community and partners. The Land Trust Alliance’s educational objectives are to: strengthen the land conservation community through training opportunities; foster a peer network for engagement and sharing of ideas; celebrate conservation successes and identify strategies for emerging challenges; and rejuvenate a dedicated community of land conservationists. Applications due August 1. Learn more... Read more

Visualizing Change: A Toolkit for Informal Educators using Visual Narratives on climate Change

​This toolkit contains has an extensive library of high-quality research that informs the science of both climate change and strategic framing including research reports, science summaries, glossary of terms, and communications tools for strategic framing. Learn more... Read more
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