'Talk of the Nation' focuses on smart growth, sprawl, density, legislating communities, urban environmentalism and what makes cities "livable".
'Talk of the Nation' focuses on Portland, OR, named one of the "10 most livable cities in the U.S" by Money Magazine."Oregon was the first state to pass a bottle bill, and Portland was the first city to ban styrofoam. Now, the city and the state are leading a new movement -- urban environmentalism. Many in the City of Roses say it's the reason Portland is such a nice place to live. "[Streaming Audio]
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European Cities Act on Density
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Nashville Sets Downtown Parking Maximums
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Houston Development Aims to Create Hyper-Walkable, Micro-Living Neighborhood
The 17-acre Second Ward project has spurred both optimism for a more walkable city and concerns about displacement and gentrification.
In Reversal, Ontario Government Could Open Toronto Greenbelt to Development
The Toronto Greenbelt was an urban growth boundary created in 2005 as one of the most obvious political victories for the Smart Growth movement in North America. A new bill would reverse course on the region’s growth policies.
Lyft Pulls Micromobility From Los Angeles Area
The company will no longer provide shared bikes and scooters in the L.A. region, citing a ‘lack of longterm commitment’ from cities.
King County Water Treatment Station Set to Open
The facility is part of a plan to protect the Duwamish River from polluted runoff from overflowing sewer pipes.
Chaddick Institute at DePaul University
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