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Smart Growth Network Shares Visions of Future Communities

By 2027, what do we want our communities to look like? What development issues will we face and how will we solve them?

In summer 2012, the Smart Growth Network issued a call for papers to start a national conversation around these questions. The network received 95 papers in response; 20 were selected for publication in a compendium that was recently released at the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

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As hoped, the network received papers not only from established thought leaders, but also from many new voicesincluding landscape architects like Sharon Bradley, ASLA. The papers covered a wide range of issues, which were grouped into the following topics:

• Community Development/Public Engagement
• Economic Development
• Environmental Concerns
• Environmental Justice/Equitable Development
• General—Smart Growth/Sustainability
• Green Building
• Housing
• Public Health
• Rural Communities and Small Towns
• Schools
• Suburban Retrofit
• Transportation
• Urban Design/Urban Infrastructure

Visit the Smart Growth Network’s site, where you can download the compendium and view the other papers and blog posts the network received. The network urges everyone to read the submissions, share them with others, and use them to continue the conversation in your community.

What is the Smart Growth Network?
In 1996, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency joined with several nonprofit and government organizations to form the Smart Growth Network. The network was formed in response to increasing community concerns about the need for new ways to grow that boost the economy, protect the environment, and enhance community vitality. ASLA is among the network's partners, which include environmental groups, historic preservation organizations, professional organizations, developers, real-estate interests, and local and state government entities.

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