Can The Feds Make Sustainability Happen?

The Obama administration is trying to rein in suburban sprawl. But is it any match for 70 years of unsustainable development?

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July 10, 2010, 1:00 PM PDT

By Tim Halbur

This in-depth feature in the American Prospect looks at the HUD/DOT/EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities and director Shelley Poticha as they move to rein in sprawl and promote transit-oriented development.

Alyssa Katz writes, "Each Wednesday, Poticha meets with EPA smart-growth director John Frece and DOT policy chief Beth Osborne to make sure their agencies' programs are advancing "livability principles" -- transportation choices, affordable housing, walkable neighborhoods, economic growth -- and focusing development within existing communities. The agencies' policies and funding are beginning to address the fact that investments in places cannot be separated from the ways Americans travel between them."

You can here from Poticha and Osborne directly at the Sustainable Communities event this coming Thurss., July 15th at 2pm EDT, in an event co-produced by Planetizen and

Thanks to Alyssa Katz

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