Smart Growth Blog Round-up

Feb 4, 2012, 6:14 PM, Posted by NewPublicHealth

The great thing about the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference is the wide variety of different sectors, fields and perspectives represented. Each brings a different set of ideas, challenges and solutions to the discussion, from housing to transportation to urban planning.

As we look beyond the public health sector to understand how to create healthier communities, we also look beyond NewPublicHealth to some of our fellow bloggers at the conference.

The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) is a nonprofit research and strategy organization and the leading authority on U.S. inner city economies and the businesses that thrive there.

ICIC featured a recap of day one of the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference on their blog. The post was penned by Alex Abboud, a blogger and non-profit professional who writes about ideas, cities and sports at and works on promoting housing and ending homelessness in his community. His recap of the second day of the conference can be found here. Some highlights from both posts:

  • A boarding school for foster teens built on an organic farm, where the students participate in tending to the farm
  • A method of getting the public engaged in community planning—online
  • New tools to measure the need for use of cars in a community

We've got our ear to the ground for new and varied perspectives on creating healthier communities. Keep the ideas coming!

Also follow our coverage of the conference, which will continue into next week, including Q&As with conference presenters and smart growth leaders as well as perspectives from attendees.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.