12 Aug '11, 11am

Let’s make urban revitalization greener, greater, and more inclusive

Let’s make urban revitalization greener, greater, and more inclusive

Green, affordable homes in Savannah, Ga. Photo: Seven Waves Marketing Cross-posted from National Resources Defense Council . When revitalization of our distressed neighborhoods is done well, it is almost unrivaled in its ability to advance simultaneously each aspect of the "triple bottom line" of sustainability: improving the environment, the economy, and social equity. Revitalization is good for the environment for the reasons I discussed in a recent post ; it strengthens cities and allows them to absorb population and economic growth in a nonsprawling fashion that is inherently more efficient, less consumptive, and less polluting than when development spreads out. It is good economically because it requires the building and maintenance of far less new infrastructure, and allows commerce to proceed with less travel time and distance to sap productivity; it also can increa...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-08-12-lets-make-urban-re...

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