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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 2004
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Americans For Nonsmokers's Rights
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Health
This report serves as a resource for developing smoke-free indoor air laws and is a companion piece to the Prohibition of Smoking in all Workplaces and Public Places model ordinance. The report outlines common errors to avoid while developing and drafting an ordinance that prohibits...

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 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Policy Areas Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
Transportation plays a critical role in the health and economic development of a metropolitan area. When people have the ability to walk, bike, or take transit safely to a destination, the whole region benefits from healthier people, better air quality, and reduced traffic fatalities....

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 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 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) -
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Community Development, Public Spaces, Data & Technology
The District Department of Transportation and the District of Columbia Office of Planning led an effort to develop an empirical model for parking utilization in Washington, D.C, and to apply that model to an interactive, web-based tool utilizing the model named ParkRight DC, to support...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Maryland
Source United States Department of Agriculture
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources
This guide outlines best practices for converting vacant land into publicly accessible green spaces and parks. It specifically highlights eight "green patterns" or strategies for holding and converting vacant land including establishing temporary green spaces in plots reserved for...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source The Common Council of the City of Madison
Policy Areas Public Spaces
This ordinance creates an exception for possession of drug paraphernalia if possession is permitted for use of cannabis or cannabis derivatives under the Madison General Ordinances (MGO) Sec. 23.20. MGO Sec. 23.20 permits a person who is eighteen years of age or older to possess cannabis...

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 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility, Housing, Community Development
This report focuses on this region’s complex pipeline of transportation programs and recommends how Priority Development Areas (PDAs) could better target them to infill development in existing communities....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Urban Habitat
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety, Democracy & Governance
In this report, we introduce real-world examples of alternative solutions and responses to the housing crisis—rooted in permanent affordability and democratic community control—that people are actively working on in the Bay Area and beyond. It is time to move past the current for-profit...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Americans For Nonsmokers' Rights
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health, Public Spaces
This model ordinance prohibits smoking in outdoor places of employment, outdoor public places, outdoor residential facilities, and city or county owned property. It defines the enforcement of the law, penalties for violating the law's terms, and posting requirements for "no smoking"...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Community Development, Economic Justice
Chicago’s Central Manufacturing District (CMD) was the first planned manufacturing district in the United States. A century ago, 252 firms operated in its huge six-story buildings. Tenants ranged from small manufacturers to big names like Wrigley, Ford, United (Rexall) Drug, Pullman,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Community Development, Public Spaces
Revive Oakland’s Good Jobs Policy is a case study demonstrating how publicly funded development projects can create widespread economic opportunity. Thanks to an innovative good jobs policy, the warehouse and logistics complex envisioned can pay over 3,000 workers a living wage and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Health, Community Development, Public Spaces
We've done a great job developing technology and labor saving machines, which unfortunately has produced a population that is disconnected from nature and sedentary. Our fondness of sitting is reflected in growing rates of obesity, diabetes, and chronic pain. One of the best things...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2008
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy, Transportation & Mobility, Data & Technology, Democracy & Governance
US dependence on oil for transportation is costly and harmful. As a result, Americans face financial strain, worsening traffic congestion, and increased global warming pollution. This outlines how the lack of transportation alternatives is evident because many families have spent...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces
Gold plating is when we make changes to projects that are outside the scope of the original plan, resulting in increased time, expenses, and waste. Gold-plating presents barriers to accomplishing good urbanism in the form of initial financial costs that can completely block growth....

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) Washington
Source Seattle City Council
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Housing, Public Spaces
This ordinance permits transitional encampments for homeless individuals on all publicly owned property, and implements regulations regarding encampment management, community outreach, transit accessibility and more. It also outlines encampment permit requirements and allows permits...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2007
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center For Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
Building off a community's underutilized transit and freight assets is a development strategy that can offer a rich combination of paybacks: business and job growth, viable local small businesses, cost savings for the average household, and increased home ownership opportunities....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level State
State(s) Illinois
Source Chicago Metropolitan Agency For Planning
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces
CMAP staff partnered with the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ (IDNR) Office of Water Resources (OWR) through its Lake Michigan Water Allocation Program in an effort to improve understanding of the water-loss control practices...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Housing, Transportation & Mobility
There are nearly 950,000 more manufacturing jobs in the U.S. today than in 2010. This resurgence presents a major opportunity for communities. As a rejection of inefficient sprawling industrial parks and overseas production, there is growing demand for urban manufacturing locations....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for Transit-Oriented Development
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Transportation & Mobility
This report examines the potential benefits of connecting major cities with transit service by aggregating ridership data from 24 light rail lines around the country and analyzing the associated costs and workforce opportunities. It establishes that rail ridership is generally increasing,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Policy Areas Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
This report provides an introduction to metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) for those who want to influence regional planning to benefit health, active transportation, and equity. The report details the structure of MPOs, the relationship between MPOs and other agencies and...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) Maryland
Source Baltimore City Council
Policy Areas Public Safety
This resolution prohibits the City from selling, transferring, or franchising access to the City's water supply system, sewer system, and underground conduit system for cables wires and other facilities. Under this resolution, the city retains its authority to grant franchises or...

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