Plus: 8 Strategies for Friendlier Streets
December 7, 2016  
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Block Parties Can Build Bridges
A bottom-up project in Saint Paul, Minnesota, works with residents to revitalize neighborhoods ripped apart by Interstate 94.
8 Strategies for Friendlier Streets
Bits of advice from working locally and on the ground include “Take public art seriously.”
Livability News & Notes
What Should the Next Administration Do for Smarter Growth? — For starters, create more housing choices, connect Americans to opportunity by providing more transportation options, empower and invest in existing communities. Source: Smart Growth America ►
The Triumph of a Transit Tax — Voters in Marion County, Indiana, overwhelmingly approve a tax of up to 0.25 percent of income (e.g. $125 extra in taxes per year for someone earning $50,000) to help fund the local transit system.
Source: Indianapolis Business Journal ►
The Customer Is Always Right — Why the behaviors of Philadelphia-based grocery shoppers are changing how cities build supermarkets. Source: NextCity ►
Events, Resources & More
Talk Walking — The 2017 National Walking Summit (Date: September 13-15 | Place: Saint Paul!) will explore how walking and walkability create engaged, thriving and inclusive communities. Session proposals wanted! Deadline: December 15, 2016 ►
Free Training — Smart Growth America is accepting applications for its technical assistance program “Small-Scale Manufacturing and Place-Based Economic Development.” Deadline: January 6, 2017 ►
Mayors Meet-Up — The Washington, D.C.-based winter meeting of the Mayors Innovation Project will discuss the changed political landscape and, among other topics, how to fund infrastructure, what mayors can do to support mental health, and how automated vehicles will alter cities. Register for the January 17, 2017, Event ►