Guide for Integrating Goods and Services Movement by Commercial Vehicles in Smart Growth Environments

This report from the Transportation Research board describes policy, planning, design, and operations practices considering the coexistence of moving goods and services in smart growth environments. This report will help readers understand common issues and conflicts pertaining to smart growth, how those issues and conflicts manifest themselves in different environments, and the types of strategies and actions stakeholders can take to better integrate goods and services movement by commercial vehicles in smart growth environments. The report also presents the results... Read more

Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellence in Environmental Document Preparation

​The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is accepting applications for its Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellence in Environmental Documentation Preparation, covering documents signed from June 15, 2015 to June 14, 2017. The biennial award recognizes environmental assessments and environmental impact statements that exemplify best practices for a well-managed environmental documentation process, comply with prevailing requirements and expectations, and achieve the objective of paperwork reduction. Applications due June 30. Learn more and apply... Read more

Phase One of the Rail Park, Philly’s High Line, Will Open Soon

This early portion of the Rail Park, ​Philly’s own version of the High Line, is almost ready. The cost is $10.3 million, and nearly all of the money has been raised through local, state and private funds. This part of the Rail Park is about relaxation, entertainment and community gathering as much as it is about walking. There will be benches, trees, flowers, art from the Percent for Art program and industrial swings modeled somewhat after the makeshift swings built on... Read more

Route Fifty Navigator Awards

Route Fifty Navigator Awards honor individuals and teams who work in or with state, county and municipal governments across the United States. As the Navigator Awards program enters its second year, Route Fifty will once again name 50 finalists for their demonstrated abilities to implement a great idea that improves public sector services and the communities they serve. Nominations due June 14. Learn more and submit a nomination... Read more

Community Assistance in Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Program

​The National Park Service (NPS) announced funding to support recreation and conservation projects through its Rails, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program. Through the RTCA program, NPS helps organize, strategize, build public participation and partnerships, and implement a conservation and/or recreation project that is important to your community. Consideration will be given to projects that have specific goals and results for conservation and recreation in the near future, have broad community support, and that advance the NPS mission. Applications due June... Read more

The AARP Pop-Up Demonstration Tool Kit

​Inspiring livability advancements are taking place in tiny villages, sprawling suburbs and large city centers. But permanent, large-scale changes can be difficult to launch. That’s why pop-up demonstration projects — temporary bike lanes, protected intersections, crosswalks, parklets, sidewalk cafes, plazas, benches, street trees and more — are such valuable tools. When it’s possible to illustrate a new idea through the temporary pop-up installation or demonstration, a proposal or desired enhancement can be more quickly understood, supported and achieved. The AARP... Read more

Building Resilient States: Profiles in Action

​This new resource highlights local, regional, and statewide efforts to build more resilient communities from the ground up. The report was produced by the Governors’ Institute on Community Design, a program run in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Smart Growth America. Profiles in Action looks at examples in states across the country, focusing on each of the seven steps in the resilience Framework. Read more... Read more

Five Big Ideas to Better Integrate Nature Into Cities

In a discussion about the role of nature in cities, leading voices on ecological urbanism from six continents including artists, architects, planners, designers and ecologists all took the stage to share their vision of how to better integrate nature into cities. Here are five big ideas from the talks. Read more... Read more
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