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Economic Prosperity

Glendenning featured

Building “place” is the means to economic prosperity for communities

Community leaders nationwide need to recognize that “place” is their most valuable asset. The most effective way to maintain or build economic prosperity is to protect the character, uniqueness, and history of our towns. This was the message from Parris Glendenning – a board member of Smart Growth America and former Maryland governor – this… Read more »

WalkUPs featured

Real-estate market has shifted from suburban to walkable urban

Home-buyers in the Washington DC region will now pay 71 percent more for a home in a walkable area than one in the drive-only suburbs. This is among the wealth of new findings in a report released this week that examines 43 “walkUPs” – or walkable, urban places – in the region, and how they… Read more »

Activity Centers featured

Washington DC Region Investing in a Vision for Dozens of “Downtowns”

We all want to live in communities that offer us the chance to interact with other people and feel like we’re part of something vibrant. However, if one or two investments are off-base or not aligned with the vision of what the community wants, it can derail our hopes and dreams. The Metropolitan Washington Council… Read more »

Brookings suburb featured

Employers Will Need to Shift Job Opportunities as Suburb Demographics Change

Transportation is a fundamental requirement of human life. That’s why a new report about “the suburbanization of jobs” from the Brookings Institution is so disheartening. It finds that “the typical job is accessible to only about 27 percent of its metropolitan workforce by transit in 90 minutes or less. The suburbanization of jobs obstructs transit’s… Read more »

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2011-2012 Capital Bikeshare Member Survey

Presented here are some of the results of the Capital Bikeshare Customer Use and Satisfaction Survey conducted for the Capital Bikeshare program in late 2011 and released in June 2012. Capital Bikeshare, a program jointly owned and sponsored by the District of Columbia and Arlington County, VA and operated by Alta Bicycle Share, Inc., offers… Read more »

Walkability expert Dan Burden (right) works with the Michigan Municipal League and several Michigan communities.

Today’s Most Valuable Real Estate = Yesterday’s Slums

Chris Leinberger, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution with a real-estate background, makes perhaps the strongest argument yet that the most bikable and walkable communities are the communities of the future, and the ones with the most market value when it comes time to sell your place. These communities may be located in rural… Read more »

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Economic Vitality and Fiscal Responsibility

How do transportation demand management programs help to foster a strong business climate? Businesses operate more efficiently and enjoy greater productivity, delivery time reliability, and business continuity due to the efficiency and costs savings in transportation. Businesses flourish due to ease of employee commutes, access to clients, better employee attendance and morale, and better recruitment and retention of… Read more »