A Neighborhood Improvement Journal - Summer 2021


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Neighborhood Improvement – Items of Interest




In a creative slump? Take a walk.


Want to get creative? Get up and go for a walk.People generate more creative ideas when they walk than when they sit, according to a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition.










How Your High Street can be a Garden, a Promenade, and a Stage


I like to picture a successful town as a garden, a promenade and a stage.

- The best towns and cities have public parks and green spaces, large and small, at their heart.

- A promenade is a place designed for strolling, for spending time and taking in the sights and sounds. Create high streets that are walkable and full of interest and people will want to spend time there.

- A stage is a place of possibility - not just a place for spectators but one for performers.







Realtors discover that walkable places are preferred


Most Americans now want to live in a walkable neighborhood where they can walk to shops and restaurants and parks, and many are willing to give up a large yard to do so. There is also a strong interest in having access to public transportation.







Seven key forces that tilt the playing field in favor of sprawl


“A brief history of your neighborhood,” is a series of illustrated essays that examines some of these issues, and identifies the key public policies – such as land-use regulations and infrastructure investments – that shape the location and type of development we see in our communities. These policies impact the decisions we make about where to live, shop, and work. Ultimately, they determine the range of choices we have about where we put down roots and how we live our lives.




Let’s start blocking off residential streets


Truth is, there are a ton of streets where it would be more pleasant to walk and bike just by placing simple car traffic diverters at intersections.







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