Monthly Archives: April 2009

Sustainable Communities “Creating Healthy Communities” on Vimeo

Dr. Howard Frumkin, director, National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, discusses how the built environment affects our health and presents new models for sustainable development, including Atlantic Station in Atlanta, Georgia, a former brownfield site.

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Linking Sprawl and Public Health

Kaid Benfield’s highlighted the topic and video in a recent post.  If you’re reading this, then you should absolutely take a look at Mr. Benfield’s blog.

The video below is a talk by Dr. Howard Frumkin, MD, director of the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (at least) on the connections between sprawl, smart and sustainable growth, and public health.

Dr. Frumkin gave the talk a couple of weeks ago at the National Building Museum.

The video is an hour+ and I haven’t finished the whole thing, but so far, so good…

Sustainable Communities “Creating Healthy Communities” from National Building Museum on Vimeo.

Transportation and Housing (cont’d)

Yesterday’s post from Kevin Conrad on the T4America webinar highlights the growing recognition of the critical linkage between transportation policies–especially at the federal level–and housing-market dynamics. In the same vein, it was encouraging to see that USDOT and HUD recently announced an interagency partnership to create “affordable, sustainable communities” (here is the statement from USDOT).

Central to this partnership is a high-level interagency task force that will coordinate federal transportation and housing investments, with an eye toward giving individuals and families a greater range of options in transportation use and in affordable housing near good jobs.

One of the goals of the task force is to:

Enhance integrated regional housing, transportation, and land use planning and investment. The task force will set a goal to have every major metropolitan area in the country conduct integrated housing, transportation, and land use planning and investment in the next four years. To facilitate integrated planning, HUD and DOT seek, through HUD’s proposed Sustainable Communities Initiative which it will administer in consultation with DOT, to make planning grants available to metropolitan areas, and create mechanisms to ensure those plans are carried through to localities.

The idea of flowing dollars down to the local/regional level for such integrated planning is exciting. One of the keys will be ensuring adequate funding levels, a goal that would ideally figure into debates–later this year or early next–over the new federal transportation bill.

Free Online Seminar (aka “webinar”) on Relationship b/w Housing and Transporation Policy

From the Transportation from America blog…should be interesting and informative if you can spare an hour this Thursday afternoon…

Transportation for America wants to remind you about our ongoing series of webinars, continuing this Thursday (4/16) at 4:00 p.m. EDT. This week, we’ll be partnering with the National Housing Conference to conduct an interactive webinar with a terrific panel of experts discussing the complex relationships between transportation and housing.

In this webinar, real estate development professionals and affordable housing advocates will explore the linkages between transportation and housing development, the shift in housing and real estate preferences and value, and the creation of affordable mixed-use development near jobs and transit.


Shelley Poticha, President and CEO of Reconnecting America and the Center for Transit Oriented Development;
John McIlwain
, Senior Resident Fellow at the Urban Land Institute and J. Ronald Terwilliger Chair for Housing at the Urban Land Institute;
Christopher Leinberger, Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution; Partner of Arcadia Land Company; and Director of the Graduate Real East Development Program at the University of Michigan; and
Ann Norton, Senior Staff Attorney at the Housing Preservation Project.

REGISTRATION IS FREE, so sign up today for this great session at

Public Hearing on Funding for PA Schools

On Thursday, April 2 from 1:00-4:00 PM the The Urban Affairs and Education Committees of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will hold a joint hearing in the Lehigh Valley on the status of schools in third-class cities in Pennsylvania.   The hearing will focus on Pennsylvania’s system of education finance and the disadvantage cities face with declining tax revenue as families have out-migrated to the suburbs.  Leaders from the Lehigh Valley, including Alan Jennings, the Executive Director of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (CACLV) and board member of RenewLV, will testify at the hearing.  Click here to view the schedule and agenda.