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American developers and urban planners must look to the past to shape the future of our cities with more “walkability” as a key part of their character. The medieval quarters of Barcelona and Nice, as well as the entire city of Venice, give us a taste of how wonderful it can be to center our communities around people instead of cars, according to this article by Andre Shashaty, president of PSC

Freeing Up Communities by Taking Down Old Freeways

Streets should serve people and society – not simply vehicles, according to “2014 Freeways Without Futures,” a recent report by The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU

Smart Growth Law Delivers Housing In Massachusetts

Gov. Deval Patrick is working towards a goal of creating 10,000 multifamily units annually in Massachusetts. One of the tools he is using is a ten-year-old smart growth statute that pays localities to create zoning districts with high density and that include multifamily housing, 20% of which must be affordable. The program appears to be working well, according to Massachusetts housing advocates.
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Rebuilding A Dream: Progress Report 

To mark the 50th anniversary of the historic federal  committed to revitalize American cities and provide affordable housing, PSC is publishing a book celebrating past success and calling for a new commitment to continue our progress.

Rebuilding a Dream will have a powerful, postive impact on public opinion and nudge policymakers to renew the Johnson-era commitment to cities and housing, said Andre Shashaty, president of PSC and author of the book. 

The book will present information about the success of federal housing and community development efforts nationwide, including the low-income housing tax credit.

 Get the details about what's in this important book.

Chapter 5, dealing with NIMBY is now complete, read the excerpts

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