The purpose of this white paper is to create a well-supported yet simple illustration of the relationship between household energy consumption and residential development patterns. For the purpose of this illustration, residential development patterns are generally described by housing location and housing type. The paper also takes into account energy efficiency measures in homes and vehicles as factors that aff ect household energy use.
Housing that is located in a walkable neighborhood near public transit, employment centers, schools, and other amenities allows residents to drive less and thereby reduces transportation costs. Development in such locations is deemed to be “location efficient,” given a more compact design, higher-density construction, and/ or inclusion of a diverse mix of uses. If American families can reduce their necessity to drive through better housing and transportation options, then commute times and household energy costs will drop.
A proper understanding of the drivers of property prices is of great interest to many stakeholders | not just property investors, but governments and construction companies to ensure that the effects of construction and city planning changes on property prices are known. It is important to know what value has been added or lost, to either possibly tax or compensate as deemed necessary.
The Sept. 22 issue of Rollcall magazine includes a lengthy article on Reconnecting America and Smart Growth America's efforts to boost transit funding in the upcoming federal transportation bill and the plans of the Transportation for America coalition to wage a grass-roots campaign to generate support.
Writes T.R. Goldman:
It comes around every half-dozen or so years, but this time, when the gargantuan transportation bill is written, “smart growth” advocates are determined to play a prominent role — muscling aside the bill’s traditional highway heavy hitters. ...
“The onus is off us to make them pay attention,” said Geoff Anderson, president of D.C.-based Smart Growth America, which is co-managing the new coalition along with Oakland, Calif.-based Reconnecting America. “They’re paying attention.”
But the prominence of the smart-growth community in next year’s transportation bill, which could balloon to as much as $500…
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Density in Sydney on Subway Lines?
will be reinvented as a high-density metropolis serviced by
mass-transit subways under a transport blueprint being developed
by senior state and federal government bureaucrats. Powerful new
legislation underpinning a proposed metro network costing $13
billion will enable transport and…
Blogosphere - In this section you'll find commentary, opinion and editorials from blogs and newspapers around the country. The opinions expressed in these blogs do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Reconnecting America.
Blogosphere: We Won't Stop Building Freeways
Keep Houston Houston
I think this is probably the third article I've read in the last month asking: "Are Freeways Doomed?" "Is THIS the post-freeway age?" "Are Urban areas moving on?"..
Blogosphere: LaHood - It's Time to Invest in HSR
Fast Lane Blog
I went to Capitol Hill this morning because I wanted to share with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee…
All the Transit and TOD News That's Fit to Print or Blog
These links to news stories and blog posts about transit and TOD are collected daily by Jeff Wood, Reconnecting America's GIS specialist and a passionate transit advocate. Jeff's entire post plus commentary is sent by email to members of Reconnecting America (to join visit our Get Connected page); the first five articles of his daily post (which sometimes contains as many as two dozen links) are available here to nonmembers without his commentary.
California: Cities Can't Swap Stimulus Money
New York Times
Suppose the federal government gave you and your neighbor $500 each to buy a…
like the $8 million in streetcar funding included in the new city
budget could be up for reconsideration. So says - or Tweets, rather -
Republican Councilman Andy Dulin from this morning's breakfast with
members of the local General Assembly delegation.....
Reconnecting America President and CEO Shelley Poticha has been appointed Senior Advisor for Sustainable Housing and Communities at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan made the announcement on Friday.