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Green communities improve quality of life by addressing climate change, energy savings, water pollution, transportation, and development patterns..
Waterfront redevelopment requires careful planning, but making your waterway a focal point instead of a grungy back door creates a new amenity and new wealth.
A community can rev up the links between higher education and economic development. Here are some ideas about how.
Position your organization for effective neighborhood advocacy for new legislation and programs that you need from your city or state government.
A mixed-income housing stock increases equity and makes a neighborhood accessible to young and marginalized people, renews street life and energizes civic life.
Redevelopment of vacant, abandoned, or underutilized land can bring new vitality to a neighborhood or city. Downtown and mixed-use projects are good examples.
This page promotes some methods of achieving environmental justice, in which sources of pollution are reduced or distributed evenly across communities.
Wind turbine zoning, including commercial and rooftop generation, will be common topics of discussion in the next few years. Learn more here.
Quality code enforcement programs are critical to neighborhoods that want to maintain property values and preserve or improve existing buildings.
Vacant building registration ordinances lead to better data, revenue to address related issues, and importantly, a big incentive to reuse buildings promptly.
Inclusionary zoning means assuring that the local zoning ordinance is flexible enough to allow production of new below-market-rate housing.
Local design guidelines are the most legally defensible way for local governments to regulate materials, colors, and other design choices for buildings.
Brownfields are sites lacking redevelopment because of the real or perceived need for an environmental clean-up. This page explains available programs.
Visitor Question: The neighbors got together and revoked the CC&R's during a law suit to clean up the properties. We are now under the local County's
We interview Autumn Boos of Midwest Floating Islands about the environmental benefits of deploying artificial islands, and explain a bit about how they work.