Cities For Everyone
This new community organization supports more affordable housing and transportation, in order to provide security, freedom and opportunity for people with all incomes and abilities. Cities for Everyone works to educate and advocate on affordability issues, and to encourge young and lower-income citizens, who need more affordable housing and transportation options, to vote for candidates who support an affordability agenda.
Transit-Walkability Collaborative Established: New coalition promotes walkable, transit-rich communities
The Victoria Transport Policy Institute is a member of the new Transit-Walkability Collaborative whose purpose is to expand safe, healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities by harnessing the synergy between walkability and quality public transit service.
Reforming Municipal Parking Policies to Align With Strategic Community Goals
Victoria, Canada is currently engaged in a parking policy review which proposes reducing some off-street parking requirements. These changes are good, but modest. This short report identifies much bolder reforms that would better align parking policies with other community goals. Although written for Victoria, the analysis and recommendations are appropriate for most municipalities.
Better Cities, Better Growth: India's Urban Opportunity
This major report by a coalition of researchers uses innovative methods to evaluate development patterns in 479 Indian cities. The results indicate that more compact, connected cities had stronger economic than sprawled urban areas. It incorporates Todd Litman's previous research on the costs of sprawl and benefits of compact, multi-modal urban development.
The Hidden Traffic Safety Solution: Public Transportation
This study by Todd Litman for the American Public Transportation Association shows how public transit can increase safety for users and communities. Public transit travel has about a tenth the traffic casualty (death and injury) rate as automobile travel, and transit-oriented communities have about a fifth the per capita traffic casualty rate as automobile-oriented communities. These benefits are often overlooked: transit improvements can be a cost-effective traffic safety strategy, considering all benefits and costs.
Urban Sanity: Understanding Urban Mental Health Impacts and How to Create Saner, Happier Cities
Some often-cited studies suggest that urban living increases mental illness and unhappiness, but a critical review indicates that much of this research is incomplete and biased. This report examines specific mechanisms by which urban living can affect mental health and happiness, and identities practical strategies that communities and individuals can use to increase urban mental health and happiness. This analysis suggests that it is possible to create sane and happy cities.
Selling Smart Growth: Communicating The Direct Benefits of More Accessible, Multi-Modal
Locations to Households, Businesses and Governments
This report examines direct benefits to households, businesses and local governments provided by Smart Growth policies, and describes how to better communicate them to consumers, real estate professionals and policy makers.