About the Author

Kaid lives in Washington DC. Kaid serves as senior counsel for environmental strategies at PlaceMakers LLC. He also is a senior adviser to the Natural Resources Defense Council, and teaches law, policy, and best practices for sustainable communities at the George Washington University School of Law. He is a co-founder of LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system; co-founder of the Smart Growth America coalition; author of several books on smart growth and sprawl. He also describes himself as a recovering litigator, cyclist, blogger, dreamer. Watch for Kaid’s forthcoming book, "People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think about Greener Cities." His earlier publications include Solving Sprawl (2001) and Once There Were Greenfields (1999), NRDC's definitive books about smart growth and sprawl, and Smart Growth in a Changing World (2007), published by the American Planning Association. Follow Kaid on Twitter: @Kaid_in_DC

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Is placemaking a ‘new environmentalism?’

If our approach to environmentalism should be "new," so too should our approach to urbanism. Can placemaking – in short, the building or strengthening of physical community fabric to create great … [Read more...]

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Meticulous new analysis confirms that close-in land development reduces driving

A large body of city planning research published over the last two or so decades has demonstrated consistently that close-in real estate development produces less driving than does outlying development far from city and … [Read more...]

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Want to Improve Your City? Start Taking Pictures!

In Chuck Wolfe’s absorbing new book, Seeing the Better City, he encourages readers to think with our eyes and communicate with visual imagery in order to improve our cities. With the proliferation of smartphone cameras … [Read more...]

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Meet the New Green Face of Affordable Housing

When you think of “affordable housing,” what’s the image that comes to mind? For lots of people, including many of those most in need of it, the picture is not a pretty one: it’s a scene of dreary, deteriorating … [Read more...]

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Four Characteristics of Active, Healthy Neighborhoods

Scientists are learning more and more about how where we live affects the amount of exercise we get, and thus how fit and healthy we are likely to be. In general, city dwellers are particularly well placed to get regular … [Read more...]

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How garage & basement apartments help people, neighborhoods and the environment

One of the best ways to accommodate growth (as we must) without either exacerbating sprawl or disturbing the character of existing communities is by using so-called “accessory units” – secondary dwellings attached to a … [Read more...]

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Land conservation, smart growth and the environment

Years ago, I was motivated to participate in what became the cause of smart growth, and now for many of us has evolved into the cause of sustainable communities, because of the devastating effect of suburban sprawl on … [Read more...]

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Loudoun County and the Nefarious Ways Sprawl Begets Sprawl

Loudoun County was once one of the most beautiful in Virginia. Now it's just a massively sprawling suburb. Loudoun County was once one of the most beautiful in Virginia. It was characterized by … [Read more...]