Philly Takes Safer Streets Plan Beyond the Usual Urbanists

​In Philadelphia, the officials who were charged with taking the city’s nascent Vision Zero plan to the public tried to thread the needle. They wanted input from the most passionate, plugged-in constituents, and they knew they wouldn’t have to try too hard to get it. Read more... Read more

Save a Main Street Near You: Partners in Preservation 2017

​From Boston to Birmingham, 25 historic Main Street districts across America have the opportunity to receive $2 million in grants—decided by public vote—in 2017. The National Trust has joined with American Express, National Geographic, and Main Street America for Partners in Preservation: Main Streets, a community-based campaign to raise awareness about the importance of preserving America’s Main Street districts. Learn more and vote... Read more

Chicago Community Replies to Gentrification With Inclusive Arts Space

Chicago’s Nancy Maldonado/Paseo Boricua Arts Center will replace four derelict buildings — including the former site of the long-vacant Ashland Sausage Company — and provide housing for about 30 artists. One- and two-bedroom apartments will double as studios where they can work and showcase their pieces. A 100-seat theater and gallery will be on the ground level. Read more... Read more

Big Data Shows the Way to Healthier Playgrounds for All

​Currently, the state playgrounds in the U.S. is limited to colorful jungle gyms on rubber flooring, surrounded by fences; rarely do they attract children past elementary age. Adults spend their playground time primarily sedentary, passively observing, and the rare teen spotted in a playground is likely glued to a phone. It’s time to build playgrounds for all ages. Read more... Read more

Nature Conservancy Accepting Proposals for School Gardens

​The Nature Conservancy is working to promote environmental education through the creation of Nature Works Everywhere gardens. The core principle behind the Gardens program is that gardens model conservation science on a relatable scale. The program empowers students and teachers to work together to create and implement their own solutions to environmental challenges in their communities. Applications due November 3. Learn more and apply... Read more

Car Free Day 2017

Car Free Day is a free international event celebrated every September 22 in which people are encouraged to get around without driving alone in cars and instead ride a train, bus, bicycle, carpool, vanpool, subway, or walk. For those that have the ability to work from home, telework also counts. Car Free Day is open to all people in the Washington metropolitan area. Sign pledge now... Read more

Urban Food and Water Challenges? MIT Says These Global Projects Can Help.

​The Solve competition, sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), aims to help marginalized communities worldwide strengthen the resilience of their systems for producing and delivering food. Read more... Read more

Maryland Department of Planning Participates in Park(ing) Day

​On Friday, September 15, the Maryland Department of Planning is participating in International Park(ing) Day 2017 by turning an ordinary parking spot along West Preston Street at Baltimore State Center into a one-day pocket park.... Read more
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