State and Local News - January 10, 2003
AMERICAN CITIES: FEDERAL NEGLECT IMPERILS THEIR RISE
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Are State Budget
Shortfalls Shortchanging Smart Growth Initiatives?
Despite recent signs of an economic recovery, states are struggling to balance their budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. Plummeting revenues have led to budget shortfalls of millions, and in some cases, billions of dollars. How are smart growth initiatives faring?
Green Infrastructure: Smart Conservation for the 21st Century Report(pdf) calls for states and communities to make green infrastructure an integral part of local, regional and state plans and policies. The report introduces green infrastructure as a strategic approach to land conservation that is critical to the success of smart growth initiatives. To order a copy please contact email@example.com
"Creating A Healthy Environment: The Impact of the Built Environment on Public Health". When people consider factors adversely affecting their health, they generally focus on influences such as poor diet or the need for more exercise. Rarely do they consider less traditional factors, such as housing characteristices, land-use patterns, transporation choices, or architectural or urban-design decisions, as potential health hazards. This monograph suggests that applying public health criteria to land-use and urban design decisions could substaintially improve the health and quality of life of the American people. Written by doctors and researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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A number of American business leaders are beginning to recognize that sprawl can raise the cost of doing business and reduce long-term profitability. Find out what they're up to: http://www.sprawlwatch.org/economy.html
SMART GROWTH AND THE FY 2002 BUSH BUDGET: HIGHLIGHTS OF KEY PROGRAMS (June 6, 2001)
On April 9, 2001, President Bush submitted his fiscal year 2002 (FY02) budget plan to Congress. Sprawl Watch Clearinghouse and the Natural Resources Defense Council highlight what the budget would mean to smart growth issues. For the full document: http://www.sprawlwatch.org/bushbud.html
"The Last Best Places: The Impacts of Sprawl
on Gateway Communities in the American West."
Unions and Smart Growth
Talking to Union Leaders About Smart Growth. This Sprawl Watch report
explores the different ways that sprawl harms specific union members, provides
detailed information on how unions are structured and their situation today,
and finally will help you understand the process in which to reach out to
Unions are the nation’s largest organized force for the concerns of working families, they can join the fight for smart growth solutions that will benefit everyone. To order a copy (at $7 each), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org