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Improving lives by improving communities

  1. In rural places, a smart growth approach can mean putting a new post office near the elementary school, creating more affordable homes near jobs, or analyzing the long-term financial impact of development decisions.

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  2. For the past five years, LOCUS has presented our annual LOCUS Leadership Awards to developers and investors who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to public leadership, smart growth development, and who have furthered our mission of advocating for sustainable, walkable urban development. We received an unprecedented number of nominations this year and are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 LOCUS Leadership Awards.

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  3. The 2017 LOCUS Leadership Summit will take place on April 24-25, 2017 here in Washington, DC. This year’s theme—”P3 is for Placemaking, Partnerships, and Policy”—comes at a time when Congress is getting ready to consider major infrastructure spending and tax reform. Some of the nation’s leaders in walkable development and real estate will be joining … Continued

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  4. Last week we hosted the third installment in our monthly webinar series, Implementation & Equity 201: The Path Forward to Complete Streets. The webinar focused on “Integrating Complete Streets, Vision Zero, and Transportation Equity” and featured speakers from Memphis, Tennessee. Watch the full video recording of the webinar above, or download the PDF of the presentation.

    A discussion recap

    Emiko Atherton, Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition, kicked off the webinar by highlighting the opportunity for Complete Streets and Vision Zero to work together in pursuit of transportation equity. She presented findings from Dangerous by Design 2016, including that 46,149 people were struck and killed by cars while walking between 2005 and 2014, and that people of color and people age 65 or older are overrepresented among those deaths. Byron Rushing, President of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals and Bicycle & Pedestrian Planner at the Atlanta Regional Commission, emphasized the importance of planning for both safety and equity simultaneously by combining Complete Streets strategies with a Vision Zero approach.

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  5. The National Complete Streets Coalition is excited to continue our monthly webinar series, Implementation & Equity 201: The Path Forward to Complete Streets, exploring a new issue each month related to creating safer, healthier, more equitable streets.

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