Publications for 2011

Driving Up the Cost of Living: How Housing and Transportation Costs Pressure Economic Development in Northwest Arkansas

August 23, 2011

This report examines the state of housing, transportation, and job access in Northwest Arkansas, which includes the four core cities of Bentonville, Fayetteville, Springdale, and Rogers. The analysis is supplemented by findings from 23 interviews of business leaders, elected officials, municipal staff, and local advocates.


Housing + Transportation Affordability in Washington, DC

August 3, 2011

This study, written by CNT for the District of Columbia’s Office of Planning, customizes CNT’s H+T Index with localized data to examine how neighborhood characteristics across the region affect household transportation costs.


Tree Asset Management in Portland, Oregon

June 28, 2011

This study shows that Portland is well-positioned to pilot a tree asset management program that would lay the groundwork for turning its tree canopy into a bondable asset, similar to bridges and roads. The study identified six steps through which Portland and other cities can create a tree asset management program. The study also provides [...]


BUILT in Cleveland

April 8, 2011

The effects of unemployment, rising gas costs, and economic uncertainty have pushed household budgets to their limits. Now, more than ever, the state’s infrastructure investments must bolster the economy and save its residents money. This report presents a policy blueprint to make these opportunities a reality.


Chicago’s South Suburbs: Smart Growth in Older Communities

March 9, 2011

This case study tracks CNT’s work in Blue Island and Harvey and discusses the regional partnerships that developed and attracted public funding for predevelopment; eventually creating a pipeline of viable projects that has drawn the attention of developers and investors across several states.


The Value of Green Infrastructure: A Guide to Recognizing Its Economic, Environmental and Social Benefits

January 21, 2011

A broad analysis that is the first to place an economic value on the numerous benefits provided by green infrastructure. Goals: 1- Inform decision-makers and planners about the multiple benefits green infrastructure delivers to communities, 2- guide communities in valuing the benefits of potential green infrastructure investments.