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The AARP Pop-Up Demonstration Tool Kit

​Inspiring livability advancements are taking place in tiny villages, sprawling suburbs and large city centers. But permanent, large-scale changes can be difficult to launch. That’s why pop-up demonstration projects — temporary bike lanes, protected intersections, crosswalks, parklets, sidewalk cafes, plazas, benches, street trees and more — are such valuable tools. When it’s possible to illustrate a new idea through the temporary pop-up installation or demonstration, a proposal or desired enhancement can be more quickly understood, supported and achieved. The AARP... Read more

Fiscal Impact Analysis Policies in Rural Communities Toolkit

​This Smart Growth America toolkit provides an overview of what Fiscal Impact Analysis Policies are and how local communities can create and implement them. It also includes a case study of this type of policy in action, and a model policy that rural communities can use to create a Fiscal Impact Analysis Policy of their own. Read more... Read more

Community Facilities Location Policy

​For many small and rural communities, access to essential services such as hospitals, medical clinics, schools, courthouses, childcare centers, and post offices can be limited. These services play a critical role in the daily function, health, prosperity, and viability of communities of all types, and in smaller communities this role can be even more important. A Community Facilities Location Policy can help ensure that new facilities, and the money invested to build them, deliver the project’s hoped-for benefits. This Smart... Read more

Providing Well-Placed Affordable Housing in Rural Communities

​The cost of living in rural areas is generally lower than in metro areas, yet many residents of rural cities and towns nevertheless struggle to afford the homes and apartments available in those markets. Furthermore, newly added affordable housing that is built is often located far from jobs, hospitals, grocery stores and schools creating high transportation costs and hardship particularly given that many of these households do not have reliable access to transportation. This toolkit from Smart Growth America examines... Read more

AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit

The AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit is designed to help individuals, groups and local leaders assess the walkability of the sidewalks and streets in their community. The toolkit provides step-by-step instructions and checklists for examining intersections, sidewalks, driver behavior, public safety and more. The documented results can be shared with elected officials and other local leaders when advocating for such safe streets features as sidewalks, crosswalks and properly-timed traffic lights. Learn more... Read more

Georgetown Climate Center Green Infrastructure Toolkit

Georgetown Climate Center launched a new online resource, the Green Infrastructure Toolkit, designed to help local governments at different stages find the resources and examples that are most helpful to them. The toolkit analyzes common trends in the approaches various cities are taking to planning, implementing, and funding green infrastructure to manage stormwater. Go to toolkit... Read more

Obama Takes on Zoning Laws in Bid to Build More Housing, Spur Growth

The Obama administration is calling on cities and counties to rethink their zoning laws, saying that antiquated rules on construction, housing and land use are contributing to high rents and income inequality, and dragging down the U.S. economy as a whole. The White House published a “toolkit” of economic evidence and policy fixes to help local political leaders fight back against the NIMBYs that tend to hold sway over municipal zoning meetings. Read more... Read more
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