In Transit to the Future (Asheville Style)
"Taking a Flying Leap"
I’m reading Kaid Benfield’s blog this morning- feeling a nudge. That “nudge” has to do with the future and future planning- something like to do all the time, but especially as the new year approaches.
In case you do not know or read Kaid, he’s the Special Counsel for urban solutions, NRDC. He also is an adjunct professor at George Washington University School of Law; co-founder, LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system; co-founder, Smart Growth America coalition and author of several books on smart growth and sprawl.
Kaid’s forthcoming book, People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think about Greener, Healthier Cities.
If you read my blog, you probably know that the thing about Kaid’s work that stands out for me is that it highlights sustainable excellence. I see this in a very personal way- the “aging-in-place” factor weighs in heavily for my clients and me. And— written between the lines— there is the wisdom to help all concerned favorably to position for quality of life in 2014 and beyond as Kaid unveils trends.
Take a look at this list, for example
- We need more driving-optional neighborhoods (excerpted from People Habitat) (November 18, 2013)
- How LEED-ND standards reduce driving and associated emissions: new research (June 12, 2013)
- New DC data confirm real estate recovery strongest in central & transit-served locations (March 26, 2013)
- Promoting people-oriented development around transit (May 21, 2012)
- New data show how transit corridors reduce traffic, increase walking (August 17, 2011)
- Households in transit-oriented locations save more energy and emissions than even 'green' households in sprawl (February 24, 2011)
So… if YOU were taking a "flying leap" given this information… what direction will you choose?