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EPA: Smart Growth Developments Enjoy Stronger Resale Appreciation

By Tracy Taylor, Triple Pundit Not only are smart growth communities good for your quality of life, they are good for your pocketbook as well.  According to Market Acceptance of Smart Growth, a recent report by the EPA, smart growth communities not only see stable market …

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Drive Less, Live Longer

Driving can be hazardous to your health and in more ways than you think. A new study shows how driving less can help you live longer. The transition away from automobile-centered environments creates the ideal scenario for more walkable streets and safer communities. From AOL …

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Make a Difference by Biking to Work

May is National Bike Month with special Bike to Work events occurring throughout the month in cities across the country.  It’s time to pump some air into your tires and get out there!  Biking to work is such an enjoyable way to commute.  You get …

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December 16, 2009

Crisis, Sustainability, Values and “American Exceptionalism”

by Timothy Hughes The current economic crisis offers a chance for a paradigm shift. We should not waste this opportunity by returning to the status quo that existed before the downturn or even pining for that unsustainable state. Instead, we should embrace rethinking our economy, …

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December 1, 2009

Transit and Trails: Connecting People to Nature on Public Transit

Guest Contribution By Deborah Fleischer, Green Impact Don’t own a car, but want to get out to one of the Bay Area’s hundreds of parks and trails? Or perhaps, you are trying to reduce your carbon footprint and wondering how to get to your favorite …

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November 13, 2009

Local Motion: Land Use & Reaction to 40,000 New Residents

by Yahya E. B. Henry At first glance, you would think Fayetteville, NC was the mecca of affordable living. The city was voted one of America’s most military-friendly cities and has received quite a bit of national press over the past several months; primarily, for …

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October 6, 2009

President Pitches Plan to Revive America’s Cities

Unlike past administrations, the Obama White House has made revitalizing America’s cities a top priority. The collaboration between federal agencies is a great step forward but long overdue; efforts are being made to ensure sustainable development is at the forefront: “For too long, federal policy …

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September 28, 2009

big cities: exhausting and exhilarating

by Liz Neves In the big city, on any given day, anything seems possible. Millions of thinkers, dreamers, and doers exchange ideas, creative sparks, and currency. There are plenty of reasons to be a city dweller – more jobs, much inspiration, more opportunities to help …

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September 23, 2009

Regionalism: Why some people don’t get it

by Yahya E. B. Henry “The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.” – …

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September 19, 2009

Living Sustainably, Luxuriously, and Affordably

by Christi Elflein I became a city planner because I wanted to marry my love for cities and my love for the environment.  I am not your typical “environmentalist.”  I am petrified of most animals and the only tree I hug is my Christmas tree …

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