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New Rules is a program that builds community by supporting humanly-scaled politics and economics. The site looks at governmental rules and regulations to help build strong cities.

"It Takes a City-How better rules and regulations promote local self-reliance," by David Morris and published in In Character magazine (February 2007), provides an overview of how to achieve strong, local communities.

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) by the Sustainable Cities Institute is an approach to development that focuses land uses around a transit station or within a transit corridor to maximize local sustainability.

"American Public Transportation Agency - Health benefits of not driving" is a study conducted by the APTA showing that public transportation enhances the overall quality of life for both the individual and the community.

Sightline Institute asks "What is the most climate-friendly way to get there from here?" Sightline did the math on that question, ranking different transportation options by greenhouse gas emissions.

Walkable Urbanism is Changing City Life is a conversation with Christopher Leinberger of the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program about the benefits of walkable urbanism in cities.

An article by the Victoria Transport Policy Institute examines walkability and its accompanying social, cultural and economic benefits.

Urban Land Institute's "The Economics of Walking" (1999) shows the economic benefits of walkable cities, including an increase in property values by roughly 20%.

"Let’s Talk Business – Economic Benefits of a Walkable Community" articulates the way in which a city benefits from becoming more walkable, including increased retail sales, tourism, lifestyle and decreased commute costs and taxpayer rates.

True Cost of Driving Calculator: Do you know how much your car is really costing you? This web-based application helps you calculate the true cost of driving a car, taking into account both the direct and indirect costs of owning a car.

Links and Sources

Center for Neighborhood Technology Housing and Transportation Index
Americans traditionally consider housing affordable if it costs 30 percent or less of their income. The Housing + Transportation Affordability Index, in contrast, offers the true cost of housing based on its location by measuring the transportation costs associated with place.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Hosts a range of data from this government agency on aging, workplace, obesity and life expectancy.

Community Health Status Indicators
Run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this site provides an overview of key health indicators for local communities and to encourage dialogue about actions that can be taken to improve a community’s health.
The purpose of is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. There are thousands and thousands of data sets on this site from across government agencies.

Data Driven Detroit
Data Driven Detroit (D3) provides accessible, high-quality information and analysis to drive informed decision-making to strengthen communities in Southeast Michigan.

Food Environment Atlas
Run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this site explores food and environment factors—such as store/restaurant proximity, food prices, food and nutrition assistance programs, and community characteristics—to see how they interact to influence food choices and diet quality.

This website displays a collection of government data on demographics, agriculture, climate and transportation.

Walkshed New York
Walkshed New York uses an advanced methodology to calculate and map walkability in New York City.

Walkshed Philadelphia
Wakshed Philadelphia measures the walkability of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Ranks the walkability of the top 40 cities in the United States.

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