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Voting with Their Feet: Study Tracks the Growing Popularity of Walkable Urban Metro Areas

Voting with Their Feet: Study Tracks the Growing Popularity of Walkable Urban Metro Areas

Walkable urban places (WalkUPs) have sprouted up in all 30 of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas and increasingly are sought after, supported and promoted by businesses and the public and for good reason. These metro areas, which host 619 regionally significant WalkUPs, attract a well-educated and wealthy workforce and command higher business and residential rents […]

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Leading from in Front and from Behind: Opticos Design Uses a Grassroots Approach to Improve Urban Planning

Leading from in Front and from Behind: Opticos Design Uses a Grassroots Approach to Improve Urban Planning

“When listeners become leaders, the world changes.” –Rev. Kellen Roggenbuck Traditionally, U.S. cities and towns are planned and designed by urban planners, architects and local government officials without much input from future or even current residents. The approach is a prescriptive one that is designed to regulate — and at its worst, dictate — where […]

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Form-Based Codes Create Communities Where Residents Can Comfortably Age in Place

Form-Based Codes Create Communities Where Residents Can Comfortably Age in Place

What type of community do you want to live in once you reach retirement age? Although many seniors have opted in the past to move to warm-weather locations or retirement villages, an increasing number are not interested in relocating. According to a 2014 report by AARP, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to improve people’s […]

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A Message From Our Chairperson

A Message From Our Chairperson

Greetings! In this column, I want to focus on how the built environment affects health and, specifically, the health and wellbeing of older Americans. The current growth of the population ages 65 and older is one of the most significant demographic trends in U.S. history. Although the aging population has received academic and media attention for […]

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Voting with Their Feet: Study Tracks the Growing Popularity of Walkable Urban Metro Areas

Voting with Their Feet: Study Tracks the Growing Popularity of Walkable Urban Metro Areas

Walkable urban places (WalkUPs) have sprouted up in all 30 of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas and increasingly are sought after, supported and promoted by businesses and the public and for good reason. These metro areas, which host 619 regionally significant WalkUPs, attract a well-educated and wealthy workforce and command higher business and residential rents […]

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Leading from in Front and from Behind: Opticos Design Uses a Grassroots Approach to Improve Urban Planning

Leading from in Front and from Behind: Opticos Design Uses a Grassroots Approach to Improve Urban Planning

“When listeners become leaders, the world changes.” –Rev. Kellen Roggenbuck Traditionally, U.S. cities and towns are planned and designed by urban planners, architects and local government officials without much input from future or even current residents. The approach is a prescriptive one that is designed to regulate — and at its worst, dictate — where […]

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Job Opening in Florida, Director of Sustainable Development

Job Opening in Florida, Director of Sustainable Development

CITY OF FORT LAUDERDALE, FL DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT The City of Fort Lauderdale is the seventh largest city in Florida and the largest of Broward County’s 31 municipalities.  The City prides itself on its collaborative working relationships within the community and has been ranked as one of the nation’s best cities in a variety […]

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A Message From Our Chairperson

A Message From Our Chairperson

Greetings! I’m pleased to update you on some changes at FBCI over the past few months. We moved our headquarters from Chicago to Washington, D.C. and brought on some new board members. We’ve also welcomed aboard Marta Goldsmith as FBCI’s new Executive Director. Marta, who has a strong urban planning background, will run the Institute’s […]

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A Message From Our Chairperson

A Message From Our Chairperson

FBCI is growing in 2016! We are pleased to announce that the Richard H. Driehaus Lead Charitable Trust has offered a generous 2:1 match, up to a total of $90,000, for donations received by FBCI in 2016.

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