Policy Brief: Can Compact Growth Decrease Automobile Emissions?

Tailpipe emissionsScientists and policy makers have examined the usefulness of vehicle technologies, alternative energy sources, and regulatory mechanisms to control automobile emissions. However, changing the patterns of future land development may be a promising complementary strategy often overlooked outside of planning circles. Existing evidence suggests that building more compactly, with harmonious land uses and with infrastructure to support transit, pedestrian, and bicycle modes of travel, may assist in decreasing harmful tailpipe emissions and mitigating global warming. Continue reading

CURS releases Moving Forward Interim Assessment Report

The U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development created the Moving to Work demonstration program to explore new ways of providing affordable housing to low- and moderate-income households. The program allows selected housing authorities, including the Charlotte Housing Authority (CHA), the flexibility to design and test innovative approaches to providing low-income families with decent, affordable housing.

As a demonstration program, it is important to assess the extent to which the CHA’s Moving Forward program is furthering the Moving to Work objectives, and to identify the facilitators and barriers to program implementation.

How well are Charlotte’s programs and initiatives working? Read our Moving Forward Interim Report (November 2013). Continue reading