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More Proof that Walking Boosts Health and Happiness

SOURCE: Everybodywalk.org

Research increasingly highlights walking as a natural and free solution to common medical conditions such as diabetes, depression, dementia, certain cancers, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and more. This report - Walking As A Way of Life; Movement for Health and Happiness by Jay ...

Legacy Cities and PlaceMaking; Tools for Revitalization

SOURCE: Community Progress

In recent years, place-making has become a popular and successful strategy for creating community assets. This report - titled “Place-making in Legacy Cities: Opportunities and Good Practices” prepared by New Solutions Group, LLC and published by the Center for Community Progress - will help ...

Now Available: Part III of ‘How to Be a Citizen Placemaker’

SOURCE: Project for Public Spaces

Boosting resident input and involvement is the theme of part III of the “How to Be a Citizen Placemaker: Think Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper” series. Every citizen can help make a ‘place’ vibrant, they simply need to know what to do as individuals to contribute to a larger plan.  Community ...

Resources from National Walking Summit Available Online

SOURCE: National Complete Streets Coalition

‘Ways to support walking’ was the focus of this year's National Walking Summit hosted by the National Complete Streets Coalition. Over 300 people attended the event to discuss ideas related to walkability such as design, policy, advocacy, funding, organizing and engaging stakeholders. Presenters ...

New Framework Provides Anchor Institutions with Economic Development Strategies

SOURCE: Investing in What Works for America's Communities

A new anchor indicators project provides a baseline for anchor institutions - such as hospitals and universities – to assess how they are doing when it comes to improving local economies.  The “Dashboard” is based on interviews with 75 leaders of anchor institutions and helps other ...

Changing Perceptions About Urban Life

SOURCE: NextCity.org

What makes people truly happy? Author Charles Montgomery explores this question in his book called The Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design. In the book, Montgomery provides insight into the idea that people, as they figure out what truly fosters happiness, will change how ...

CDC Report Highlights “Stories of Community Impact”

SOURCE: Jobsandcommunities.com

Nineteen successful CDC programs are highlighted in the 2013 Community Development Corporations Report called Stories of Community Impact. These organizations are using a variety of strategies to improve and reinvent communities around the country to improve housing, develop community ...

CDC Report Highlights “Stories of Community Impact”

SOURCE: Jobsandcommunities.com

Nineteen successful CDC programs are highlighted in the 2013 Community Development Corporations Report called Stories of Community Impact. These organizations are using a variety of strategies to improve and reinvent communities around the country to improve housing, develop community ...

Online Platform Provides Idea-Sharing Opportunity

SOURCE: What Works for America

A new way to share neighborhood improvement ideas has been developed by the What Works for America’s Communities initiative. The online platform provides a structure for idea-sharing and conversations about community improvement methods, and is designed to promote and support smart and ...

What Impact Does Foreclosure Have on Crime?

SOURCE: The Furman Center

Destabilization caused by foreclosure and the subsequent increase in crime in many neighborhoods prompted this Furman Center Policy Brief titled: "Do Foreclosures Cause Crime?" which examines the correlation between foreclosure rates and neighborhood crime rates. Homes that sit empty tend to ...

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