Reconnecting America applauds U.S. Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) for introducing the Livable Communities Act, a bill authorizing the creation of a new office at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to coordinate federal policies that foster sustainable development and administer HUD’s sustainability initiatives. This new Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities would be directed by Shelley Poticha, Reconnecting America’s outgoing President and CEO.
Reconnecting America and the Center for TOD strive to deliver all the news and conversation about transit-oriented development and livable communities through our Best Practices Clearinghouse, "Other Side of the Tracks" daily e-newsletter, @reconnecting Twitter account (where we cover major conference proceedings and breaking news stories), and monthly Platform newsletter. And this week we are debuting our Half-Mile Circles blog, which will bring together experts from around the country to talk about their work, our work, recent research, innovations and other issues. It's another opportunity for a daily dose of TOD, and allows you to weigh in with your own opinions. A dose of TOD every day might keep the NIMBYs away.
The Center for Transit-Oriented Development is celebrating its fifth year, and has published a brochure detailing our projects and partnerships and intellectual capital. Download it here to find out what we do and how our national experience might be able to leverage your efforts, with the end goal of promoting sustainability, livability and affordability. The Center for Transit-Oriented Development is a partnership of Reconnecting America, the Center for Neighborhood Technology and Strategic Economics.