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Communities & Development

Communities & development.Videos presented in this section cover sustainability and the environment for communities and development. How can we make our communities more sustainable? How should we make decisions about land use? What does smart growth mean?

Looking at our communities and their development from a sustainability perspective allows us to make land use decisions that create a better quality of life for ourselves and for future generations. For example, locating housing and shopping next to mass transit corridors reduces car trips. Videos cover sustainable land use, land use planning, smart growth, new urbanism, growth management, regional planning, planning land use and transportation together, land use law, ranchland and farmland protection, and related topics.

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"" Edens Lost & Found Preview (Los Angeles). "How Ordinary Citizens are Restoring our Great American Cities" is the subtitle for this PBS television series focused on solutions to traffic congestion, air pollution, sprawl, and other related urban issues. Watch short previews for the Los Angeles and Seattle shows. About 1 minute. Play Los Angeles Video >> Play Seattle Video >>

"" A New Urbanism Conversation. Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk talks with Ray Suarez of The NewsHour about designing neighborhoods that are more socially and environmentally friendly. Plater-Zyberk wrote Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream. This conversation is one part of longer NewsHour video. Play Video >>

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"" Planning Ahead For Smart Growth. Find out about how the City of San Jose, California went from a small agricultural town to the 11th largest city in the U.S., as well as what the future holds. About 7 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Smart Growth Begins At The Local Level. This video was developed to inform and educate elected officials, civic groups, the development community and citizens about the land use and transportation challenges currently facing the Washington, D.C. area. About 11 minutes. Play Video >>

"" San Jose In Focus: Smart Growth. Learn about smart growth principles as utilized in the City of San Jose, California. About 8 minutes. Play Video >>

"" LWV Forum for Sustainable Santa Clara County. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Santa Clara County and the Office of County Supervisor Liz Kniss, this forum covered goals and planning tools for sustainability in Santa Clara County. About 2 hours 21 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Proactive Localism. Interview with Bill McKibben discussing why he believes it is in our best interests to move proactively toward stronger, more self-sufficient local communities now. About 3 minutes. Play Video >>

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