Can Alexandria Breathe New Life into a “Dead Mall”?

Rendering of new Landmark site with new green space and mixed use buildings. (Source: City of Alexandria)
In the West End of Alexandria, there are plans to replace a defunct shopping mall with a neighborhood where people can live and do some of their day-to-day errands without having to get into a car. The redevelopment promises to provide new opportunities for the area, but new buildings alone cannot ensure a successful place to live and work. Read more... Read more

Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity

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This report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation identifies opportunities for advancing health equity and outlines specific steps in the realms of transportation and other sectors. Read report... Read more

Building Local Capacity to Connect Planning and Public Health

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The American Planning Association (APA) is providing $1.5 million in funding to 28 of its chapters through the Planners4Health initiative to continue to create stronger, healthier communities. The initiative will focus on greater coordination between planners and public health professionals at the state level by bridging APA chapters and divisions. Planners4Health offers a new approach to advancing practice at the intersection of public health and planning. Read more... Read more

Kansas City Unveils a Streets Plan That Puts Walking First

Serious funding for safer walking and biking could be on the way for Kansas City. (Source: BikeWalkKC)
The $800 million infrastructure bond going before Kansas City voters in April could prove enormously beneficial for walkability in this sprawling Midwestern city. The city has unveiled its plans for the money and, rather than widening roads, it puts investments in sidewalks, bike lanes, and accessibility improvements for people with disabilities. Read more... Read more

Improving Population Health by Working with Communities: Action Guide

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This guide from the National Quality Forum is a framework to help multi-sector groups work together to improve population health by addressing 10 interrelated elements for success. The guide is intentionally brief and written in plain language to be as accessible as possible for all types of stakeholders at the local, state, regional, and national levels to take action. Download the action guide... Read more

Highway Conversion to Reconnect New Haven Neighborhoods

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The city of New Haven, Connecticut is leveraging $36 million in federal TIGER grants to convert an urban-renewal-era highway spur into more of a pedestrian-friendly boulevard, opening up 10 acres of land in the city center for development in the process. By transforming the highway into a boulevard that slows traffic and links with downtown cross streets, the city hopes to knit the neighborhoods back together. Read more... Read more

The Walking College: A Human Capacity Development Strategy for Growing the National Walking Movement

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America Walks’ Walking College program is a successful interactive, online educational program for walkable community advocates. Over the past two years, America Walks has worked with advocates across the US to build skills, learn from experts and each other, and, ultimately, strengthen their capacity to create walkable communities. The Walking College curriculum and training process outlined in this report is a look at how America Walks is working to support, grow and improve this national walking movement. Read report... Read more

Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks

This sidewalk in Altamont, NY (pop. 1609) features a brick treatment, pedestrian scale lighting, street banners and colorful plantings. (Credit: Alta Planning + Design / CC-BY-SA)
This FHWA document is intended to be a resource for transportation practitioners in small towns and rural communities. It applies existing national design guidelines in a rural setting and highlights small town and rural case studies. It addresses challenges specific to rural areas, recognizes how many rural roadways are operating today, and focuses on opportunities to make incremental improvements despite the geographic, fiscal, and other challenges that many rural communities face. Read report... Read more
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