Measuring Sprawl 2014, an updated study from Smart Growth America, analyzes development patterns in 221 metropolitan areas and 994 counties in the United States, to see which communities are more compact and connected and which are more sprawling. Researchers used four primary factorsóresidential and employment density; neighborhood mix of homes, jobs, and services; strength of activity centers and downtowns; and accessibility of the street networkóto evaluate development in these areas and assign a Sprawl Index score to each.Learn More:
Author Benjamin Ross finds that the roots of sprawl are historical, sociological, and economic. This book presents a wide-ranging historical overview of sprawl, an analysis of contemporary planning, and suggestions for how to effect change. Ross postulates that the two keys to creating better places to live are expansion of rail transit and a more genuinely democratic oversight of land use.Learn More:
Fort Worth Launches Healthy City Initiative
Children More Physically Active at Schools with Community Gardens
Las Vegas Releasing Draft Walkable Community Plan
EPA intends to fund further development and ongoing maintenance of a web-based national information clearinghouse focused on smart growth.
Proposals are due May 12, 2014.
This compilation contains links to more than two dozen online collections with thousands of images that illustrate smart growth principles.
Find out who participates in the Smart Growth Network (SGN) and how they can help your community.
The Washington, D.C.-based Smart Growth Speaker Series hosts speakers on a monthly basis at the National Building Museum. Speakers describe, explore, identify and foster dialog on positive change in growth and development patterns.
The National Conversation on the Future of Our Communities: COMPENDIUM
Browse the 20 papers submitted by our readers that address the future of our communities, and the issues we have to tackle to make our communities better.