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The First Suburban Retrofit Gets a Neighborhood

The heart of Mashpee Commons at night. Source: Mashpee Commons
Transformation of the former New Seabury Shopping Center in Mashpee, Massachusetts, into a town center began 30 years ago. The early-1960s strip mall at the intersection of two state highways on Cape Cod was fading and needed refurbishment. Mashpee, a suburban municipality located between two older towns, consisted of a hodge-podge of retail areas surrounded by parking lots, condominium developments, and subdivisions. The young owner of the shopping center, came up with the radical idea to convert the shopping center... Read more

Best Intergenerational Community Awards

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​Generations United and Metlife are now accepting applications for their 2016 Best Intergenerational Community Awards. An intergenerational community is a place where individuals of all ages are an integral and valued part of the setting. This perspective is reflected in the families, structures, facilities and services that children, youth and older adults encounter in the community as well as in day-to-day interactions and relationships. Applications due January 15. Learn more and apply... Read more

Intersections National Conference, Oct. 19-22

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​Intersections 2015, presented by the National Community Land Trust Network, is the only national conference dedicated to permanently affordable housing and the creation and preservation of just, equitable and inclusive communities across the country and around the globe. The conference is expected to draw more than 300 professionals to Lexington, Kentucky, October 19-22. Learn more... Read more

Data Across Sectors for Health: Empowering Communities Through Shared Data and Information

Healthy city. Photo: La Citta Vita/Flickr
​ The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released a call for proposals for Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH), an initiative to identify barriers, opportunities, and promising practices for organizations collaborating across sectors, including community development and transportation, to connect information systems and share data that can be used to improve community health. Applications due July 29. Learn more... Read more

Productive Growth: Fourth Video in the Curbside Chat Series

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This, the fourth video in the Curbside Chat series by Strong Towns, examines the need for productive growth, growth that makes a place better with age. Learn more... Read more

Shifting Planning From Pretty Renderings to Affordability and Inclusion

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In its recently published evaluation of HUD’s Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI), the Institute for Sustainable Communities points to Seattle as one of the best examples of distributing HUD money to create community change.... Read more

Webinar: Designing Places for People, June 23

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America Walks’ Walking College Webinar Series gets into the nuts and bolts of walkable communities with Dan Burden, Director of Innovation and Inspiration with Blue Zones, who has worked in 3,500 communities to transform streets and public spaces into livable, walkable communities that support healthy, affordable lifestyles. Along with Samantha Thomas, Blue Zones’ Built Environment Manager, Dan will teach us all to see through his eyes, as he surveys a desolate and abandoned downtown district, and visualizes its transformation into... Read more
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