SGA to host webinar on new report about sprawl and its impact on development in the United States

In 2001, Smart Growth America (SGA) released the landmark study Measuring Sprawl and its Impact. Next week, SGA is releasing the next edition of this flagship report with new information about the state of development in the United States.

To mark the launch of this new report, Measuring Sprawl 2014, SGA and the Metropolitan Research Center are hosting a webinar detailing the report’s findings and discussing growth strategies with communities highlighted in the new analysis. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at 11:00 am EDT. This event is free. Continue reading

Children who live in “smart growth” neighborhoods get 46 percent more physical activity

Sept. 10, 2013, News Medical

Children who live in “smart growth” neighborhoods — developments that are designed to increase walkability and have more parks and green space areas — get 46 percent more moderate or vigorous physical activity than kids who live in conventional neighborhoods, finds a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

“We were surprised by the size of the effect,” said Michael Jerrett, Ph.D., professor in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, and lead author on the study.

He and his colleagues evaluated activity patterns in children aged 8 to 14 who recently moved to a smart growth community called The Preserve near Chino, CA. The researchers compared them with children living in eight nearby conventional communities, matched for ethnicity and family income. Continue reading