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The National League of Cities strives to strengthen communities, transform and improve cities, and serve as a resource for local elected officials. Our research and publications advance these goals by providing critical data, identifying promising city practices, sharing inspiring and informative stories, and fostering effective solutions and innovation. Through original content such as reports, issue briefs, news articles and blog posts, we explore the issues facing cities today and foster a dialogue that helps city leaders build better communities.

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Mar 07
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CITY OF FLAGSTAFF COMMUNITY INVESTMENT DIVISION 211 WEST ASPEN AVENUE, FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA 86001 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – PHASE TWO

John Wesley Powell Traditional Neighborhood Development Site

A. PROJECT BACKGROUND The City of Flagstaff is requesting the second phase of proposals for a mixed-use, Traditional Neighborhood Development of approximately 27 acres along John Wesley…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Mar 07
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A Traditional Neighborhood Development, or TND, also known as a village-style development, includes a variety of housing types, a mixture of land uses, an active center, a walkable design and often a transit option within a compact neighborhood scale area. TNDs can be developed either as infill in an existing developed area or as a new large scale project.

To qualify as a TND, a…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Mar 07
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Transit-oriented development, or TOD, is an approach to development that focuses land uses around a transit station or within a transit corridor. This guide highlights key ideas about transit-oriented development (TOD) and shows how local Minneapolis - Saint Paul projects have put these ideas to work. The document features best practices and case studies and provides a baseline approach for…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Mar 07
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Transit-oriented development, or TOD, is an approach to development that focuses land uses around a transit station or within a transit corridor. Typically, it is characterized by:

A mix of uses Moderate to high density Pedestrian orientation/connectivity Transportation choices Reduced parking High quality design

The rule of thumb is that TOD occurs within one-quarter mile, or a…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Mar 07
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Urban Infill

Urban infill is defined as new development that is sited on vacant or undeveloped land within an existing community, and that is enclosed by other types of development. The term "urban infill" itself  implies that existing land is mostly built-out and what is being built is in effect "filling in" the gaps. The term most commonly refers to building single-family homes in existing…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Mar 07
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Introduction

This Action Guide was designed as a tool to help community advocates, practitioners, intermediaries, and jurisdictions in their efforts to foster mixedincome transit oriented development (TOD). The term “mixed-income TOD” is shorthand to describe a set of goals that includes the provision of a mix of housing choices, affordable to a range of incomes, for people at…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Mar 07
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This guide was designed as a tool to help community advocates, practitioners, intermediaries, and jurisdictions foster mixed-income transit oriented development (TOD). The term "mixed-income TOD" describes a set of goals that include the provision of a mix of housing choices, affordable to a range of incomes, for people at different stages of life within a specific transit district (or transit…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Mar 07
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Bringing Nutritious, Affordable Food to Underserved Communities: A Snapshot of Healthy Corner Store Initiatives in the United States.

For many Americans, buying fresh fruits and vegetables is as simple as walking a few blocks to the neighborhood grocery store or getting in the car and driving a short distance to the supermarket. There are many, mostly low-income people however, who do…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Mar 07
  • Food
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For many Americans, buying fresh fruits and vegetables is as simple as walking a few blocks to the neighborhood grocery store or getting in the car and driving a short distance to the supermarket. There are many, mostly low-income people however, who do not have such easy access to healthy, affordable foods.1 For these Americans, the long distance between home and supermarket, coupled with a…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Mar 07
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Comprehensive community planning represents the most effective tool available for the implementation of a green infrastructure network. Requirements for community comprehensive plans vary from state to state, and certain regions within states, such as MSAs or other urban areas, can have requirements that are unique to that area. It would be difficult to create a broadly applicable template of…

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