Communities across the country are using creative strategies to develop in ways that preserve natural lands and critical environmental areas, protect water and air quality, and reuse already-developed land. They conserve resources by reinvesting in existing infrastructure and reclaiming historic buildings. By designing neighborhoods that have shops, offices, schools, churches, parks, and other amenities near homes, communities are giving their residents and visitors the option of walking, bicycling, taking public transportation, or driving as they go about their business. A range of different types of homes makes it possible for senior citizens to stay in their homes as they age, young people to afford their first home, and families at all stages in between to find a safe, attractive home they can afford. Through smart growth approaches that enhance neighborhoods and involve local residents in development decisions, these communities are creating vibrant places to live, work, and play. The high quality of life in these communities makes them economically competitive, creates business opportunities, and improves the local tax base.
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Smart growth is smart money
August 15, 2007
“The venerable Environmental League of Massachusetts is perhaps best known for issuing reports critical of the state’s environmental deterioration. The organization’s leader since October, George Bachrach, says he’s not interested in continuing that tradition. The former state senator said he’d rather focus on encouraging and hailing “measurable progress.” And he wants the nonprofit to develop an environmental agenda that has …”
Time to dangle the environmental carrot for industries
January 19, 2008