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REALTORS® Take Action: Public-Private Partnerships Help Meet Community Need

February 8, 2013: 

It isn’t always easy to keep up with demand for schools in the 9th fastest growing county in the U.S.

Sometimes it takes some out-of-the-box thinking to make it work. So says the Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® (RRAR), the Wake County North Carolina School Board and some business groups that successfully supported a proposal that would allow developers to build schools for the county.

REALTORS® Take Action: Pursuing Affordable Housing Solutions in the Pasadena Area

February 8, 2013: 

REALTORS® in the Pasadena-Foothills area of California want to be part of the solution in bringing affordable and work force housing to their residents.

Growing Where We Live

February 8, 2013: 

Urban Agriculture Takes Root across the Country

 

From new urbanist developments featuring farms and community gardens to urban farms and community gardens tucked away in vacant lots, parks, school yards and rooftops, the concept of growing food where you live is taking root all across America.

The growth of agricultural urbanism, one of several names for new communities featuring farms and food gardens, has prompted Ed McMahon, senior fellow at the Urban Land Institute, to declare that “agriculture is the new golf.”

A LEEDing Community

February 8, 2013: 

By Steve Wright

New rating systems for green neighborhoods is inaugurated

 

In a short decade, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) has become the standard for measuring the sustainability of a building.

With everyday people fighting soaring energy costs and striving to spend their dollars efficiently in a bad economy, LEED has gone from an obscure movement to a clear concept in the vocabulary of mom and pop consumers.

Malls Get Makeovers into Mixed-Use Hubs

February 8, 2013: 

Forward-thinking developers are transforming tired, old malls into revitalized mixed-use centers of community activity

 

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, a growing number of aging and obsolete shopping malls are being transformed into vibrant, walkable mixed-use communities, creating more-profitable retailers and developers, property-tax-flush governments, and more content and less harried residents and workers.

A New Kind of Zoning

February 8, 2013: 

Communities of all sizes are adopting form-based codes

 

Hurricane Katrina nearly blasted Pass Christian, Miss., off the map. The brutal storm leveled three out of every four buildings in the small Gulf Coast community. The historic downtown was hit especially hard. Just a handful of buildings survived.

“It was pretty horrific,” said Jeffrey Bounds, city planner.

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