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The Partnership for Sustainable Communities “works to coordinate federal housing, transportation, water, and other infrastructure investments to make neighborhoods more prosperous, allow people to live closer to jobs, save households time and money, and reduce pollution.” The case studies provided on the website showcase communities that are working with the federal government to improve and maintain their livability initiatives.

Key Points

There are a great deal of case studies available on the Partnership for Sustainable Communities website that fall into one of six categories, including green building, transit, affordable housing, mixed-use development, brownfield redevelopment, and water management.

Highlighted case studies include:

  1. Piedmont Triad Regional Plan for Sustainable Development, North Carolina: A collaboration of community organizations, nonprofits, and the Oglala Lakota tribe led by the Thunder Valley Community Development Organization plan to implement a two-year sustainable development plan that intends to integrate housing, land use, economic development, and transportation, amongst other things.
  2. Boston, Massachusetts Fairmont-Indigo Corridor: Boston is using funding from the Partnership to revitalize its rail line and encourage economic development and community revitalization.
  3. Greening Little Rock, Arkansas: Little Rock has been investing in its community by revitalizing key neighborhoods through streetscape improvements in the Main Street area, such as new pocket parks and the reuse of vacant parking lots.

How to Use

First, the case studies are a great resource for community leaders and planners interested in initiating and/or improving livability goals in their area. Beyond the case studies, there is grant information and additional resources available on the Partnership for Sustainable Communities website.

View the website: Project for Public Spaces

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