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The National Conversation on the Future of Our Communities

The Smart Growth Network has convened a National Conversation on the Future of Our Communities by sponsoring a call for papers covering a range of issues facing communities in the next fifteen years.  The 95 papers submitted include topics such as housing, community and economic development, public heath, schools and transportation.

In summer 2012, the Smart Growth Network sponsored a call for papers on the development issues facing our communities in the next 15 years and the steps we will take to solve them. We received 95 papers in response. As we hoped, we heard from established thought leaders in the field and also from many new voices. We heard from planners and architects, university professors, environmental groups and community development organizations, county health departments, engineering firms, a mayor and a police captain, and many others all working to improve the quality of life in their communities.

Each paper was reviewed by a panel of experts from the Smart Growth Network, 20 were selected for a compendium. The panel looked for papers that touched on a broad range of topics, were forward thinking, and presented new ideas.

There was hope by the Network that this project will start a conversation on thorny issues the smart growth movement has yet to resolve, issues that have received too little attention, and issues that have escaped us altogether. Link here.