Transit’s Fresh Start to Comprehensive Place Making

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) opened 2013 by releasing a set of game-changing documents for transportation and community development. In its newly published New and Small Starts Final Rule and Proposed Policy Guidance, FTA proposes that smart land use and affordable housing be viewed as key components of good transit projects, and good economic development policy. 

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The Changing Face of America: Changing the Face of Planning

In thinking about strategies to meet the needs of America’s aging population, we can simultaneously develop strategies to help the next generation. And in doing so, we need to remember that the next generation is much more culturally, racially and ethnically diverse. Finding this sweet spot should be a goal for planners. Are we building communities where people can age in place? Are we building communities where the youth population wants to remain? Are we developing strategies that meet multiple mobility needs and shifting economics? The answers to these questions will undoubtedly need to be tailored to reflect the unique needs of each community.

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Mayors Deliver at the Conventions

Eight mayors spoke at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, and three at the Republican convention in Tampa. The truth is simple and inspiring. Across the country, local leaders -- Republican and Democratic – are stepping forward with a portfolio of innovative strategies to make their cities more competitive, more affordable, healthier and quite simply, great places to live.

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