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Clearing the Air: The Orange Skies of Today's Climate Change

You may not know it, but CNT has a small San Francisco outpost. As I sat on conference calls discussing how to make housing more resilient to climate change and the greenhouse gas benefits of transit in communities last week it all felt extra urgent, because the sky outside my window looked like this: Wildfire smoke from up and down the west coast has been affecting San Francisco for weeks, but when it combined with our fog to blot out the sun and cast an eerie orange glow so dark that... Continue reading »

 

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Green Stormwater Infrastructure Impact on Property Values

by CNT and SB Friedman Development Advisors
November 17, 2020

This report shows Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) adds value to homes. The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) worked with SB Friedman Development Advisors to model the impact of GSI installations, such as rain gardens, pervious pavement, swales, and planters, on property sales data in two cities and found statistically significant higher sales prices of homes near GSI. These findings add to a growing body of research that shows that nature-based solutions to storm­water management provide many benefits in addition to flood control.

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‘It’s About Time’: City Outlines Comprehensive Plan to Tackle Infrastructure Backlog

WTTW | November 24, 2020

A newly released five-year plan to invest in Chicago’s roads, bridges, bikeways and other infrastructure needs is a welcome shift away from short-term, less comprehensive projects, some analysts and city officials say. ... 

“It’s about time,” said Jacky Grimshaw of the Center for Neighborhood Technology. “We’ve been waiting four years for an infrastructure package coming out of Washington and nothing has materialized, so infrastructure has gotten four years’ worth of increased deterioration. The city was wise to go it alone.”

Grimshaw said the investment in infrastructure, the five-year timeframe of the plan and the jobs it will likely create make it a “win-win-win.” While some aldermen last week expressed concern about paying for the plan by issuing new bonds and adding to the city’s debt load, Grimshaw said it’s not an unusual way to pay for projects like this.

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