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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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September 11, 2010

O Brother (Yahya) Where Art Thou?

by Yahya E. B. Henry This summer has been a blur and seemingly, far from over. Over the past 3 months, I’ve had the opportunity to explore the Southern states of Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and South Florida. Some work, some play but overall an education. …

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August 20, 2010

Rebuilding Haiti: Innovation & Sustainability

Andres Duany, famed architect for the firm DPZ and co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), is becoming part of the solution to the crisis in Haiti.  He has designed a basic cabin concept that can be pre-fabricated and built within days to house Haitians …

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Americans Rebuild for the ‘New Urban Century’

Many point to Charlotte has an example of good urbanism and city vision. Charlotte’s leadership understood decades ago that the city could not sustain it’s suburban growth and made proactive steps to create the economic engine it is today. Aribra seeks to engage smaller to …

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February 25, 2010

The American Poor Spread to Suburbia, but We’re not Ready

Demographics are shifting and our current land use policies are not prepared to handle a significant shift in migration. With the poor having such a large presence in suburban America, retailers will face some challenges moving forward. If these trends continue, we can expect to …

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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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November 17, 2009

No Urban America Without Rural America

I live a double life. Most recently that life has been spent amid a cacophony of rumbling trains on the elevated subway line outside my window, the din of car horns from the drive-through fast food restaurant below my building, shrieks from emergency vehicles, bangs …

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November 16, 2009

The Design of Place

by Christi Elflein Why do you prefer to shop and eat at certain places more than others?  Why do people in one neighborhood seem to all know each other while people in another neighborhood keep to themselves?  Why will you walk down main street, but …

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November 11, 2009

Land Use Change an Overlooked Cause of Global Warming

Copenhagen is fast approaching and little conversation has been given to the role land use has in reducing greenhouse emissions. A Georgia Tech Professor makes a strong argument that land use policy needs to be a top priority. From Science Daily | Reducing Greenhouse Gases …

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November 6, 2009

redesign the city: a look at urban permaculture

by Liz Neves If we speak of a healthy community, we cannot be speaking of a community that is merely human. We are talking about a neighborhood of humans in a place, plus the place itself: its soil, its water, its air, and all the …

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