Why Teens Wake Up Before Roosters
April 12, 2017  
Livable Communities Newsletter
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A Park Avenue Parklet
To help make downtown Anaconda, Montana, a desirable, pedestrian-friendly destination, a community group creates a temporary sitting area that inspires permanent solutions.
How to Create a Parklet
In places crowded with streets and structures, small open spaces — even those as small as a parking spot — can provide lots of room to relax. Our easy-to-build sample parklet is a handy way to explain and display the concept, indoors or out.
Livability News & Notes
Why Teenagers Wake Up Earlier Than Roosters — Once upon a time, not terribly long ago, most children could walk to school, and most school days began at around 8:30 or 9 a.m. Today, many high schools require students to be at bus stops or their desks before dawn. Poor planning, suburban sprawl and the 1970s energy crisis (we kid you not) are among the reasons why. Source: CityLab ►
Why Barbershops and Beauty Parlors Are Hubs for Social Change — Local governments and service organizations trying to reach people in need are recognizing an untapped talent of hair care professionals. Source: Governing ►
Why Workers in Columbus Might Get to Ride the Bus for Free — With a severe parking shortage for downtown employees, business groups and the transit agency in Ohio’s capital city consider providing no-cost commuter passes. Source: NextCity ►
Events, Resources & More
A Transportation Field Guide for City Leaders — TransitCenter, a foundation that supports advocacy, research and leadership development for transportation reform in the U.S., has published a new handbook outlining the practical steps elected officials can take right away to improve their transportation systems and make their cities better places to live, work and visit. Check It Out ►
Peer City Identification Tool — Cities that are experiencing similar trends or challenges can learn from one another. A new, free online data comparison and visualization tool from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago helps make doing so possible. Try It Out ►