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Changes in Landscapes and Buildings Could Help Fight Flooding

Using pickaxes to dig a hole at the Woods of Shavano for a rain garden aimed at retaining stormwater and reducing pollutants that reach the Edwards Aquifer (Ray Whitehouse / The San Antonio Express-News)
A curbside garden filled with native plants that attract and feed bees and butterflies. Roofs covered with plants that slow the flow of water. Barrels and tanks that collect the rain pouring off rooftops. Water quality experts believe that these types of landscape and design features, known as low-impact development, or LID, are both an important part of solving San Antonio’s problems with environmentally degraded waterways and flooding, particularly as the city continues to grow. Read more... Read more

PastForward 2016

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PastForward, a conference of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is the premier educational and networking event for those in the business of saving places. This year, attendees will be energized and challenged as they consider the role preservation can play in securing more healthy, sustainable, just and attractive cities during the 50th anniversary celebrations of the National Historic Preservation Act. Register now... Read more

Pedestrian Deaths Spike in Houston, Spurring Calls for Better Urban Planning

Pedestrians in Houston (Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle)
At least 71 pedestrians in Houston were killed by cars as of Oct. 31, according to Houston police – a tally already 31 percent higher than the total for all 2015, with two months still remaining. Urban planners say this year’s surge in deaths may be driven by millennials’ preference to walk and senior’s reliance on travel by foot. Advocates and planners said the city needs to work more on safe streets by building sidewalks, narrowing lanes, encouraging safe speeds... Read more

NADO Annual Training Conference

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Join your peers from around the country for the 2016 NADO Annual Training Conference. Sessions will cover a variety of topics including CEDS planning and implementation, supporting entrepreneurship and small businesses, workforce development initiatives, community outreach and engagement strategies, new trends in economic development, and more. Learn more and register... Read more

Rerouting the Trinity River

The project is focused on creating walkable neighborhoods and links to parks. (Credit: Trinity River Vision Authority)
An ambitious 13-year-old plan could transform downtown Fort Worth, Texas, by creating a 1.8-mile channel off the Trinity River. The channel, which has not yet been dredged and still awaits federal funding, is the centerpiece of the $900 million development that combines flood control with the city’s dreams of creating a new urban district. The project will create more than 12 miles of developable waterfront and provide a city infamous for urban sprawl the chance to reshape its future. Read more... Read more

El Paso’s Bid to Create a Regional Active Transportation Network

The El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization wants to complete more trails like this one, along the Rio Grande, throughout the region. (Credit: El Paso Southwest)
A lot of regional transportation agencies talk a good game when it comes to improving biking and walking, but El Paso’s Metropolitan Planning Organization is actually doing something about it. The organization passed a new rule that designates seven key corridors as the “active transportation system.” Next, the MPO will identify gaps in the walking and biking network and issue calls for projects that complete the missing links. Read more... Read more

How TOD Is Fueling Growth in Southern Dallas

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Southern Dallas, which was physically and economically separated from downtown after the construction of Interstate 30 in the 1960s, is undergoing a renaissance focused on transit-oriented development (TOD). Dallas-based developers are focused on revitalizing the “wrong side of the highway” with adaptive redevelopment of historic buildings and new construction of hotels, apartments, lofts, offices, restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues. Read more... Read more

A Year After a Radical Route Rethink, Houston’s Transit Ridership Is Up

METRO bus in Houston
Houston’s overnight bus network transformation in August 2015 was a transportation planner’s dream. The old hub-and-spoke system that had for decades funneled commuters downtown was straightened into a grid that cross-cuts the city, with fewer redundancies, more frequent service, and all-day, all-week service on heavily used lines. Almost every route was changed, with increasing ridership rather than service area as the guiding priority. Now, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research reports that Metro saw ridership on its local bus and... Read more
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