Sparking Change: Catalyzing the Social Impacts of Parks in Underserved Neighborhoods

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Sparking Change explores the social impacts of communities in underserved neighborhoods becoming involved in animating and improving their local park, and identifies common strategies taken by both community members and partner organizations to support this work. The report tells the story of communities that have taken action through spearheading improvements, engaging diverse community members, and organizing events and activities that draw people into the park—a process we refer to as park engagement. Learn more... Read more

Community Engagement and Building Public Trust

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ICMA developed this free e-book to arm you with the tools needed to help you build and maintain public trust, plan for bumps in the road, and develop relationships with your residents to mitigate alienation, anger, and a lack of trust. Learn more... Read more

Empty Spaces: Real Parking Needs at Five TODs

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It is clear that TODs require less parking than development without transit, or transit without development. This new resource from Smart Growth America sets out to determine how much less parking is required at transit-oriented developments (TODs) and how many fewer vehicle trips are generated than standard industry estimates to help developers and engineers make more-informed decisions in the future. Read report... Read more

Freeways Without Futures 2017

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In Freeways Without Futures 2017, the Congress for the New Urbanism identifies the ten worst urban highways in America, each of which could be removed to fight pollution, ease traffic, and improve walkability and health. Additionally, for the first time, this report chronicles graduated highway campaigns that are successfully moving forward with removal. Learn 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

Community Heart & Soul: Field Guide

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This Field Guide distills twenty years of experience working with small cities and towns into a step-by-step process and a kit of resources to equip leaders, staff, and volunteers with everything they need to design and deliver the Heart & Soul method in their community. This Field Guide is an overview of the Orton Family Foundation’s four-phase method that breaks the process down into management steps and tasks to help you get the job done. It is a roadmap to... Read more

The How and Why of Measuring Access to Opportunity: A Guide to Performance Management

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This new resource from the Governors’ Institute on Community Design is a guidebook on the data, tools, and methodologies transportation officials need to measure access to opportunity, as well as how to integrate these measurements into their planning and investment decisions. This guidebook might also be useful to elected and civic leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders who wish to work with transportation agencies to address these important priorities. Learn more... Read more

Smart Growth Fixes for Climate Adaptation and Resilience

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EPA’s new publication, Smart Growth Fixes for Climate Adaptation and Resilience: Changing Land Use and Building Codes to Prepare for Climate Change, can help local governments find strategies to prepare for climate change impacts while achieving other environmental, economic, health, and social benefits. Read report... Read more
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