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Smart Planning for Economic Opportunity

Planetizen | August 27, 2015

The Center for Opportunity Urbanism recently released a report by Tory Gattis, Maximizing Opportunity Urbanism With Robin Hood Planning, which advocates various policies to increase economic opportunity for disadvantaged residents. However, the report primarily advocates more automobile dependency and sprawl, and the research Gattis uses to justify his conclusions is terrible.

The report's main argument is that Smart Growth policies reduce affordability,ignoring extensive research, such as CNT's Housing and Transportation Affordability Index, which indicates that total housing and transport costs tend to be lowest in compact, multi-modal neighborhoods. 

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Public transit must be part of the solution

Oak Park Journal | August 27, 2015

Julie Samuels of Oak Park writes in a letter to the editor: If we care about solving our climate crisis, it's time to solve the transportation problem that relies on the use of expensive, climate-changing gasoline. The solution? It's expanding public transit options for everyone — urban and rural, rich and poor... The plan that CNT (Center for Neighborhood Technology) has put forward will help solve both the environmental and social problems of getting where we all need to go: TransitFuture.

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D.C. sustainability expert lauds Orenco Station's design, proximity to light rail

The Portland Oregonian | August 18, 2015

Hillsboro's Orenco Station yielded better environmental performance than two other prominent examples of master-planned, New Urbanist development in American suburbs, according to an analysis by sustainability expert Kaid Benfield for The Huffington Post. Benfield suggested that the high marks were due in part to the presence of the MAX Blue Line.

According to data provided by the Center for Neighborhood Technology, a nonprofit promoting sustainable development, a typical household in Orenco Station emits 0.54 metric tons of carbon dioxide from transportation per month. That was lower than any of the four other neighborhoods Benfield analyzed. And Orenco significantly outperformed the two other developments outside of central cities when the monthly rate was compared with the regional average.

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Is Chicago becoming a hub for car-related apps?

Built In Chicago | August 13, 2015

Is Chicago emerging as the make-it-or-break-it hub for digital tech innovation in the automobile industry? After this summer’s cascade of car-centered launches and acquisitions, it sure feels like it.

San Francisco’s Getaround, which has already raised around $40 million in funding, launched this week in Chicago. Getaround allows users to rent their unused cars out to other members. Renters can expect to pay an average of $8/hour or $60/day. The launch coincides with Getaround's participation in the federally-funded study through the city’s Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC) and the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT).

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The Environmental Impacts of Land Development Depend Largely on Where We Put It

Huffington Post | August 13, 2015

There's a trendy meme emerging in progressive city planning circles to the effect that whether land development is harmful "sprawl" or benign "urbanism" is a matter not of location but of design. I recently saw a tweet expressing this sentiment, written by an influential city planner and picked up quickly by other urban designers. Not long after, I saw a Facebook post along the same lines: "It isn't where, but what that makes a place urban or suburban."

Fortunately, we have great data, organized by the Center for Neighborhood Technology, to draw from and make some comparisons. CNT's remarkably detailed, nationwide database of transportation and housing data (see also here) allows us to hone in on just about any given US location and learn its per capita driving rate and associated per capita emissions of carbon dioxide from transportation. We can then compare these data points to those for other locations and to the averages for the relevant metro regions as a whole.

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Getaround Wants You to Rent Your Car to Your Neighbor in Chicago -- And it's working on a study to see how car sharing works in low income communities.

Chicago Inno | August 13, 2015

A San Francisco car-sharing startup has officially launched in Chicago to let people quickly borrow their neighbor's car, and give owners a chance to earn some money off their idle vehicles. Getaround, which launched in 2009 and has raised $43 million, made its debut in Chicago this week to connect people with privately-owned nearby cars. Similarly to Airbnb, Getaround lets people list when their car is available, and it provides a marketplace for users to find the best deal and the type of vehicle they're looking for.

Getaround's Chicago launch coincides with the startup's participation in a two-year federally funded study of peer-to-peer car sharing in Chicago. Getaround is working with the Shared Use Mobility Center and the Center for Neighborhood Technology to analyze the best car sharing practices and to see how to improve service city-wide.

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