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Some Good Goings-On In Federal Legislation

There’s a good deal of activity going on in Congress that could benefit parks and public spaces in cities, with two recent efforts showing up that have promise and would help cities in different but both very good ways:

  • Smart Growth Around America describes the Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act, which would incentivize and encourage the use of more “green infrastructure,” which is really just a fancy way of talking about the green roofs, permeable sidewalk pavers, and other innovative uses of natural materials in our built environment to make more natural water filtration possible. SGA provides an webpage where you can e-mail your congressman on the matter, too.
  • And the RTC blog announces a bill that could significantly increase biking and walking in U.S. cities, The Active Community Transportation Act would “launch a new era of investment in building complete systems of facilities that make it safe and convenient for Americans to choose to walk or bicycle instead of drive for routine, short trips. The ACT Act creates a competitive fund to which communities can apply and receive funding to build these active transportation systems.” RTC also provides a format for people to contact their legislators.

Sounds good to us.

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