Outstanding Websites on Sprawl and Smart Growth
Want to learn more about saving our cities, towns and countryside? We recommend the following web sites.
Walking is the foundation of traditional towns. The attractive placement of homes, stores and workplaces is wholly dependent on people’s ability to walk safely and enjoyably where they need to go. Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, a non-profit founded by Dan Burden, is the nation’s foremost advocate of walkable communities. Burden’s website is a mother lode of information, ideas, and tools to help make your community a great place to walk.
The Sierra Club has one of the nation's most comprehensive websites on sprawl, including reports, publications, and links to more than 150 websites relating to some aspect of sprawl, including:
- Bicycling and Walking
- Livable Communities
- Traffic calming
- Sprawl, land use and conservation
The Smart Growth Network is a partnership of government and non-profit organizations to promote development that:
- Protects the environment
- Enhances access to nature
- Practices land recycling (brownfields redevelopment)
- Is economical to build and maintain
- Promotes social justice
Its website is loaded with news about smart growth initiatives from around the country and publications and reports regarding the issue of sprawl.
10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania leads the statewide effort to preserve and enhance the Commonwealth's cities, towns and countryside.
The Congress for the New Urbanism is an alliance of architects, planners, builders and others who want to rediscover, rebuild and create new neighborhoods that house people of all ages, races, incomes within walking distance of each other.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is committed to saving America's historic towns and neighborhoods, including older schools. Its Main Street program is working with hundreds of traditional towns across the country on redevelopment projects.
The American Farmland Trust is the nation's leading organization for preserving farmland in America. Its website includes information on farmland preservation programs across the nation, including the total acreage of farms permanently preserved from development.
The Environmental Protection Agency's website on brownfields contains information on brownfields reclamation programs across the country.