CNT in the News

CNT Has Used 'Hidden Data" to Probe Urban Problems for Four Decades

Building Design + Construction | January 18, 2017

CNT’s big push, which Bernstein himself is leading, is its Urban Opportunity Agenda. CNT analyzed 10 of the nation’s most economically hard-hit communities and quantified a portfolio of strategies that could reduce poverty in each by 25%. Philadelphia alone could reduce poverty by $476 million a year through such strategies as mining its waste stream, creating food security jobs, and improving access to jobs.

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DOT's Beyond Traffic 2045 Designates CNT as a Beyond Traffic Innovation Center | January 10, 2017

The U.S. transportation system, and the current planning and funding mechanisms, will not meet the demands presented by trends including population growth, climate change, and new technologies like driverless cars, according to a new federal report. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Monday, released the final Beyond Traffic 2045 report highlighting transportation challenges the U.S. will face over the next three decades. In conjunction with the release of Beyond Traffic 2045, Transportation Secretary Foxx designated 18 Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers across the country to lead research on the transportation challenges outlined in the report.  CNT is the only non-university Beyond Traffic Innovation Center selected.  The full list of Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers and more information about Beyond Traffic 2045 is available at:

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Water Works: Neighbors Turn Flooding Into Fuel for Sustainable Development

Curiosity Magazine | January 5, 2017

Helen Lekavich found support at the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), which she says “opened every door” to get her and her Midlothian neighbors assistance from local, regional and state authorities. Because of the partnership and shared knowledge from CNT, Lekavich felt empowered to spearhead the changes that needed to be made in the community. 

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AllTransit: Making Transportation Data Public with Breadth and Depth | December 21, 2016

“Transit data comes with economic and social benefits,” said Linda Young. “Someone might be evaluating different sites for building housing. Now for the first time you can see how many jobs you can get to from that location. It’s not longer just asking: Are we in a busy place? We can see exactly how many jobs you can access on transit.”

As director of research at the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), Young makes those kinds of connections through the AllTransit Database, recently singled out by Planetizen as one of the “Top Websites of 2016” for planning, land use and urban design.

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'Urban' is Bigger than it Appears

Public Square - A CNU Journal | December 19, 2016

ULI released a report this month, Housing in the Evolving American Suburb, which found that suburbs are grabbing more than 90 percent of metropolitan growth. The report is based on a "new analytic framework" to parse what is urban and what is suburban. ULI's sorting system is often hard to understand. Queens, New York, laid out on an urban grid with more than 21,000 people per square mile, is mostly a suburb, ULI says. San Jose, California, with one-quarter the density and dominated by winding, suburban subdivisions, is classified as mostly "urban." I doubt that anyone is moving from San Jose to Queens to escape urban living.

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Philadelphia Moves Forward on Massive Green Jobs Plan

Newsworks | December 19, 2016

Philadelphia is moving forward with an ambitious plan to create 10,000 "green jobs" over 10 years.  It involves investing $1 billion in public and private money into energy efficiency projects in all city-owned buildings, schools, as well as 25,000 low-to-moderate income homes and 2,500 small businesses. Leaders cite CNT's Urban Opportunity Agenda study as part of the rationale for this initiative.  

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