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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...]

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We Want More Walkable Neighborhoods: Can Our Communities Deliver?

"The most requested neighborhood characteristic of all buyers is walkability," real estate broker Andrea Evers recently told a reporter for The Washington Post. But, in an article written by the Post's Michele Lerner, … [Read more...]

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Development and the Environment: Location Matters…a lot!

There's a trendy meme emerging in progressive city planning circles to the effect that whether land development is harmful "sprawl" or benign "urbanism" is a matter not of location but of design. I recently saw a tweet … [Read more...]

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How to Make Smart Growth More Lovable and Sustainable

While on my way to a dental appointment last week -- not my favorite activity, truth be told -- I had the distinct pleasure of walking through Georgetown, Washington's oldest neighborhood and one of its most lovely. As I … [Read more...]

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More Businesses Are Choosing Downtowns and Walkable Locations

As I reported earlier this year, more and more businesses are choosing to locate in downtowns and walkable suburban locations, in part to attract younger workers who prefer a less car-dependent, more urban … [Read more...]