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Back To Prosperity: A Competitive Agenda for Renewing Pennsylvania

by the Brookings Institution


WHAT IS SMART GROWTH?

This is Smart Growth (PDF) Smart growth success stories from across the nation [Smart Growth Network].

Smart Growth: Myth and Fact (PDF) A response to eight common criticisms/misconceptions of smart growth [Urban Land Institute].

Measuring Sprawl andIts Impact A scientific study on one of the main problems smart growth is designed to combat: sprawl [Smart Growth America].

TRANSPORTATION

Driven to the Brink Report on the effect of high gas prices on suburban property values [CEOs for Cities].

Survey Shows Americans Prefer to Spend More on Mass Transit & Road Maintenance Poll indicates preference for more sustainable transportation investments [Smart Growth America].

ENVIRONMENT

Smart Growth for Clean Water Guide for addressing water quality impacts of sprawl [The Trust for Public Land].


Useful Links:

NATIONAL ADVOCACY AND RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS

American Planning Association

Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program

Smart Growth America

The Urban Land Institute

PA MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATIONS

Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities

PA.gov

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Restarting the Sustainability Book Club

Come talk about cool books with us on Saturday, March 12 at the Coffee House Without Limits in Allentown!

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Make friends, discuss civic activism, new urbanism, smart growth, making a difference, and anything on your mind about your neighborhood or regional growth. We will be discussing What To Do When It's Your Turn (and It's Always Your Turn)  by Seth Godin (we have copies, so come even if you don't have this book).

The chat will start at 2:00 pm at The Coffee House Without Limits in Allentown!

In future weeks, we will read Becoming Jane Jacobs  by Peter Laurence, which you can order for $34.95 by calling Allentown's Moravian Book Store at 610-351-0849.

Hope to see you there!

Moving Ideas to Action

3rd Annual Summit for Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities "Our Towns, Our Farms, Our Future"

On 12/4/15, almost 200 community leaders and concerned citizens gathered at the Renaissance Hotel in Allentown for RenewLV's third annual Summit for Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities to discuss strategies for land preservation, community revitalization and municipal cooperation.

At the Summit, we asked the questions:

•How can we preserve open space while supporting job creation and economic development?

•How does a municipality strike a balance between paying its bills, preserving its individual appeal and supporting the local economy?

•Given the increasing market demand for locally grown and organic food, how can the region better grow a vibrant local food economy?

•How do we capitalize on our central location through an interconnected mass transit system rather than continuing to focus on widening our highways?

A big thank-you to all of the Summit for Smart Growth sponsors who contributed! You made this event possible.

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Report Highlights Fiscal Benefits of Smart Growth Renew Lehigh Valley has often noted the benefits of smart growth development for municipalities, including cost savings. A new report by Smart Growth America details the benefits for municipalities realized through smart growth development. Read the full report here.

Watch the Envision Lehigh Valley Virtual Meeting

RenewLV and our partners at the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, the City of Allentown, the City of Bethlehem, and the City of Easton held a one-of-a-kind virtual public meeting for Envision Lehigh Valley. 100 participants logged in through a live video feed, Facebook, Twitter, and live chat. Missed the meeting? View the full recording on YouTube here

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