Marc Lefkowitz | 07/28/09 @ 10:08am
Two recent studies confirm that walkable, compact development will be important as we deal with climate change.
First, The Center for Neighborhood Technology's "location efficiency" web tool drills down into 55 metro areas and maps the cost of sprawl from transportation. It found that the transportation-related emissions of people living in cities and compact neighborhoods can be nearly 70 percent less than those living in low-density or poorly connected suburbs.
And a June study from Center for Clean Air Policy found that policies aimed at encouraging more urban development and less car-dependent transportation infrastructure could reduce the need for Americans to drive by 10 percent by the year 2030.
Both of the studies were reported on in the latest issue of New Urban News.