Online Treasure: Eight years of Kaid Benfield’s writing available in a new archive!

It is a great pleasure to share the news that Kaid Benfield has established a new online archive of more than 1300 articles, about city life, community, and the environment, that he originally wrote during his years with the National Resources Defense Council.

kaidpodium280wAnyone who reads our site periodically knows that Envision Frederick County has republished a few dozen pieces from Kaid over the last few years.

And just last month, at Hood College, Kaid was the speaker at the launch of Envision Frederick County’s new speaker series.

Although these columns are a few years old now, the overwhelming majority of them are as relevant and insightful and instructive as they ever were.

Envision Frederick County will continue to republish select new and older pieces from Kaid that speak to the issues and challenges and opportunities we have here in Frederick County, but I encourage you to visit his archive…frequently…and read through more of his writing, and to keep up with his current blog at the Huffington Post.

From the new archive’s homepage:


Table of Articles Published 2007-2010
Table of Articles Published 2011-2014


About the archive: Welcome to an archive of Kaid Benfield’s writing during the years 2007-2014 about the interrelationships among urban development, community, and the environment, originally published on the now-defunct Switchboard staff blog of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Click on the links above to access the articles. For Kaid’s other writing on these subjects, see his current blog and his books People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities (2014); Solving Sprawl: Models of Smart Growth in Communities Across America (2001); and Once There Were Greenfields: How Urban Sprawl Is Undermining America’s Environment, Economy and Social Fabric (1999).

fkb-5a-hr-color-webAbout Kaid: Kaid Benfield develops and advocates strategies that can make cities, towns, and neighborhoods work better for both people and the environment. His employment experience includes serving as senior counsel for environmental strategies at PlaceMakers LLC, a city and town planning consultancy working across the United States and Canada; developing and leading the smart growth and sustainable communities programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council, a nonprofit environmental organization; teaching law, policy, and best practices for sustainable communities at the George Washington University School of Law; and serving as an attorney in the United States Department of Justice. Kaid lives in Washington, DC.