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Smart Growth

A bit of a redefining moment is happening among European planners as they look for ways to address the growing complexity of their communities and the world.
17 hours ago   CityLab
Supporters of New Urbanism may live across the political spectrum, but they all want to live in traditional neighborhoods.
3 days ago   Pacific Standard
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A federal court recently found that the Wisconsin DOT exaggerated traffic projections to justify a highway widening project. Blog Post
Jun 2, 2015   By Todd Litman
To curb suburban "sprawl on steroids" and foster higher density infill in Portland, a shift in planning strategy is needed, according to Rick Potestio, the principal of Potestio Studio, an architecture and design firm based in the city.
Jun 1, 2015   UrbDeZine
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Much of my life's work is based on the optimistic assumptions that people are basically intelligent and so will respond favorably to good planning and rational economic incentives such as smart growth and Transportation Demand Management (TDM). Blog Post
May 25, 2015   By Todd Litman
As Chicago's population slowly dwindles, Yonah Freemark argues that the city needs to take advantage of one of its greatest assets: its transit network. Housing for residents of all incomes near transit stops may be the key.
Apr 27, 2015   Metropolitan Planning Council
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How should cities develop? This is an important and timely issue. We are currently in the middle of a major period of urbanization. Blog Post
Apr 13, 2015   By Todd Litman
Analysis of incremental tax revenues and public service costs of various development patterns in Madison, Wisconsin indicates significant economic savings from more compact land use. Modest increases in density can provide large fiscal benefits.
Apr 7, 2015   The Fiscal Implications of Development Patterns
An article in Governing thoroughly examines the historic and contemporary efforts of planning in Utah—especially the success of the Envision Utah planning process.
Mar 20, 2015   Governing
A major new study estimates that sprawl costs the U.S. economy more than a trillion dollars annually, and results, in part, from planning and market distortions. Smart policy reforms can result in more efficient and equitable development.
Mar 19, 2015   New Climate Economy
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Wendell Cox and Hugh Pavletich just released the 11th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey (IHAS). Blog Post
Jan 22, 2015   By Todd Litman