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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) -
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Community Development, Housing, Public Spaces
Incorporating location efficiency (measured here as the cost of transportation associated with places) into policy and affordability analysis exposes previously hidden financial burdens and time constraints for households, poor location decisions by developers, and missed and misplaced...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility, Housing, Community Development
Traditional measures of housing affordability exclude transportation costs. Using their Housing + Transportation index, CNT finds that the number of communities considered affordable drops dramatically when the definition of affordability shifts from a focus on housing costs alone...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The Trust for Public Land
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Public Spaces
This report outlines best practices for effective park development and recommends that cities take inventory of their land assets, prioritize park safety and equity, and regularly engage with the public. It also highlights case studies that have implemented successful park development...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
As more and more regions seek to implement high-occupancy toll or HOT lanes, more and more transit agencies seek knowledge to take advantage of this new infrastructure opportunity. Unfortunately, as is often the case with the rapid diffusion of a new technology, little information...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Community Development
Most communities have assets hidden within that are not utilized or underutilized. A Lean Scan identifies these assets and determines the reasons that they are not used efficiently. The Lean Scan helps to reveal possible partnerships between built, financial, social, and natural resources...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2007
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces
The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and Al Raby High School, a Chicago Public School, are transforming the school’s physical environment into the optimal environmental leadership learning environment. The installation of a native woodland garden, named after the 2004 Nobel...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Wisconsin Policy Forum
Policy Areas Community Development, Housing
The Amani Housing Pilot aims to take a comprehensive and community-engaged approach to improve housing on one block in Milwaukee's Amani neighborhood. This report outlines the pilot's objectives, funding mechanisms, and partnerships; analyzes where the project has met its objectives...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Arizona
Source Kaboom.org
Policy Areas Children & Families, Community Development, Economic Justice, Health, Public Spaces
To address its deficiency in parks and public green spaces, the city of Tucson established joint use agreements with the unified school district which expanded community access to 12 elementary school yards. This brief outlines the costs and legal processes associated with the agreements...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Community Development
This is a case study of the Localism Act of 2011 in England, which affords a series of community rights to localities that self-organize. Rights include formulation of a separate development plan and building community facilities outside of the mandate of the federal government. This...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Georgia, Ohio
Source American Rivers
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
When rainwater hits hard surfaces like roads and parking lots, it runs along the surface till it flows into a storm drain, river, or stream. Known as stormwater runoff, this water picks up pollutants such as heavy metals, brake linings, and deicing salts which contaminate local waters....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) Maryland
Source Center for Community Progress
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Housing, Public Safety
The City of Baltimore commissioned the Center for Community Progress to evaluate the City's the Vacants to Value (V2V) program and make recommendations for future program directions. The V2V program is a multifaceted strategy to use code enforcement and related tools to reduce the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Meeting Of The Minds
Policy Areas Community Development
The San Diego Chapter of the American Planning Association, in partnership with MIG San Diego, recently launched a new program called SDAPA Better Buzz, a quarterly series designed to inspire creative thinking around integrated planning processes. Rather than relying solely on this...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Housing
Planning policies aimed at reducing vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) combined with growing consumer demand for walkable, transit-rich neighborhoods have led to increased development interest in location-efficient neighborhood - i.e., those places associated with the lowest transportation...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces
Reducing the negative impacts of storm water is gaining priority in United States communities’ efforts to develop more sustainably and to comply with Clean Water Act requirements. Nationwide, communities may need to invest hundreds of billions of dollars in coming decades to meet...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Georgetown Climate Center
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
Rising sea levels pose threats to current planning, existing development, and ecological systems. These threats include flooding, enhanced storm surges, loss of infrastructure, destruction of wetlands and beaches, and increased risks for public health and safety. In response to these...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County, Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) California
Source The Greenlining Institute
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
Three transportation revolutions—electrification, vehicle sharing, and autonomous (self-driving) vehicles—are poised to transform our entire transportation system, impacting everything from how people move and the shape of our communities to the livelihoods of millions now employed...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Illinois Municipal League
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement, Housing, Public Spaces
This guide provides an overview of liens available to municipalities under Illinois state law and provides examples of how cities should assess and enforce liens. Properties that are abandoned or liable for taxes, require excessive pest extermination efforts, or intensive removal...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States, Pennsylvania
Source We Conserve PA
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Public Spaces
This guide examines economic impact studies of public parks, and finds parks provide many economic benefits to their surrounding communities, including increased property values, increased tax revenues, decreased medical costs due to recreational opportunities, and decreased stormwater...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Resources for the Future
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Public Spaces
The urban heat island effect describes an increase in temperatures caused by heat absorbing surfaces in urban areas and heat-generating human activity. This guide explains how these heat islands are formed and outlines the impacts of extreme heat on public health, the economy, and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Mississippi
Source Kaboom.org
Policy Areas Children & Families, Community Development, Economic Justice, Health, Public Spaces
Due to increasing statewide obesity rates, localities across Mississippi are exploring ways to expand access to parks and recreational facilities. The city of Hernando established joint use agreements with public schools to allow greater community access to recreational facilities...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) -
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility, Housing
The Center for Neighborhood Technology’s Housing and Transportation (H+T) Affordability Index provides a more comprehensive way of thinking about the cost of housing and true affordability. The Index examines the impact that transportation costs associated with location have on...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Washington
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development, Transportation & Mobility
As the Puget Sound region invests billions in a new light rail system, large scale gentrification will occur along the Southeast Seattle light rail corridor without immediate policy action. Transit-oriented development (TOD) planning must implement a racial justice framework in order...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Community Development
Lean Urbanism uses Pilot Projects to improve communities through incremental, reflexive processes that utilize Lean Urbanism tools to identify existing underutilized assets. Pilot projects can provide valuable information to refine and adjust tools, and to identify common obstacles...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
Source Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Finance & Procurement, Public Safety
Municipalities can collaborate through shared service agreements to solve existing problems or improve the quality of existing services available to residents. This guide outlines best practices for implementing shared service agreements and highlights effective case studies from...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source U.C. Berkeley Center For Cities & Schools
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces
Today’s youth are rarely invited into the city planning process. This paper examines the experiences of young people involved in Y-PLAN, an initiative focused on fostering relationships between civic leaders and young people around meaningful action in order to create resilient cities...

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