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New Federal Livable Communities Partneship

A partnership for livable communities on the federal level? A U.S. Dept. of Transportation and the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development initiative will do just this. Secretary of Transportation Ray Lahood actually has a blog, where among other interesting posts, he writes about the opportunities of the new partnership. Here are the four goals of the partnership that he outlines:

  • More choices for affordable housing near employment opportunities;
  • More transportation options, to lower transportation costs, shorten travel times, and improve the environment;
  • The ability to combine several errands into one trip through better coordination of transportation and land uses; and
  • Safe, livable, healthy communities.

Among other things, the Secretaries are aiming to effect metro-wide planning efforts to address these issues through their regulatory abilities. In addition, they plan to conduct research into what exactly makes communities “livable” and provide a set of measures. This effort looks promising, in that it brings in disparate tasks within the federal government to create a unified strategy on urban development. Along with transportation and housing, we see parks and vibrant public spaces as part of the fourth bullet above: safe, livable, healthy communities. In addition, with dense transit-oriented development, comes an additional need to create quality neighborhoods through nearby parks as well.

Read more about the partnership here.

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