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Publications | Ride New Orleans | 2014

Smart Transit for a Strong Economy: Why New Orleans Should Invest in a CBD Transit Hub

Today, we are excited to release our report, “Smart Transit for a Strong Economy:  Why New Orleans Should Invest in a CBD Transit Hub“.  The report highlights the current situation at the downtown transit hub, features solutions from other cities that have taken advantage of federal funding opportunities and public-private partnerships to invest in their downtown transit hubs and supports our...

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Categories: Biking and Walking

City Cyclists Ride More Safely: An Observational Study of Biking Behavior in Lower and Central Manhattan

During the last decade a large number of towns and cities across the country have undertaken major initiatives to promote cycling. One of the most prominent examples of this trend is New York City which has devoted enormous resources to encourage cycling. Several factors are contributing to the movement to increase cycling as an alternative means of transportation.

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Categories: Civil Rights

A Call For Florida To Assure Transparency, Accountability And Equity In The Use Of Economic Recovery Funds

Through the ARRA, an unprecedented volume of resources will be dispensed. The variety of government levels, agencies, and programs through which funds will be channeled, and the range of economic need throughout the country all represent the exceptional challenge of allocating the Recovery Act money. These precious resources must be clearly useful, have impact, and demonstrate to the public...

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Filling the Financing Gap for Equitable Transit-Oriented Development

Filling the Financing Gap for Equitable Transit-Oriented Development describes the key components of a model system for equitable TOD, the most common challenges regional actors face in moving equitable TOD projects forward and a variety of strategies partners can use to address these challenges. The report includes recommendations for approaches to leveraging public and private funds,...

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Categories: Health

ABCs of Environmental Policy

 This publication provides a great introduction to Minnesota's environmental policy framework. It is not an advocacy document, and does not include specific positions on controversial environmental issues. For that, please contact MCEA directly, or peruse the rest of this website.

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Taking Initiative In Our Neighborhoods From Peer Mentorship to Network Building: Ten Years of Building Capacity in AAPI Communities

This paper outlines the successes of the ACTION TA Program and the vision of the program moving forward. This program has built upon the existing strengths in AAPI communities to develop a vibrant, nationally networked, community-based infrastructure that supports a more just and inclusive nation. We hope that this paper is a useful resource for foundations, corporations, government agencies,...

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Categories: Civil Rights

Puertas Cerradas: Housing Barriers for Hispanics

The fair housing investigation—commissioned by NCLR and conducted by ERC in Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; and San Antonio, Texas—explores the extent to which Latinos are subject to adverse and differential treatment when trying to secure rental housing or buy a home. The investigation utilized a “matched pair” methodology, where Hispanic and White non-Hispanic testers with virtually...

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Categories: Health

Valuing Our Western Public Lands: Safeguarding Our Economy and Way of Life America's Public Lands Are A Valuable Asset

In this report, the National Wildlife Federation explores the “value” of America’s public lands.  As a noun, “value” refers to monetary worth.  As a verb, “value” refers to the act of appreciating and treasuring something. This report compiles and summarizes data from a growing body of research on the value of public lands, which confirms that public lands are vital to the nation’s economic...

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Categories: Health

Endangered by Sprawl: How Runway Development Threatens America's Wildlife

According to the report Endangered By Sprawl: How Runaway Development Threatens America’s Wildlife, produced by the National Wildlife Federation, Smart Growth America, and NatureServe, the rapid conversion of once-natural areas and farmland into subdivisions, shopping centers, roads and parking lots has become a leading threat to America’s native plants and animals.

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Living Below the Line: Economic Insecurity and Older Americans-Women

An updated analysis of US Census Bureau data finds that more than half of fully-retired, elder-only households are economically insecure. While the threat of economic insecurity affects elders of all backgrounds, it varies substantially by gender, race, age, household composition and other characteristics. In order to assess the economic security of today’s older adults, WOW compares actual...

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Categories: Health

F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2013

After three decades of increases, adult obesity rates remained level in every state except for one, Arkansas, in the past year, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2013, a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

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Categories: Civil Rights

Still Excluded

This report examines why there are still virtually no women in the federally created and supervised apprenticeship system for the skilled construction trades. 

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Categories: Civil Rights

Insecure and Unequal: Poverty and Income Among Women and Families, 2000-2011

This report provides a gender analysis of national Census data for 2011, released by the Census Bureau in September 2012. The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) supplies this analysis, as it has for several years, because little information broken out by gender is available directly from the Census Bureau's series of reports titled Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United...

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Categories: Civil Rights

Public Opinion and Discourse on the Intersection of LGBT Issues and Race

The research findings described in this report build on other recent research commissioned or supported by the Arcus Foundation: in-depth interviews, a national survey, a series of focus groups of African Americans conducted in 2007-2008, and a study of the relationship between racial justice organizations and LGBT communities completed in 2010. This report takes a close look at the roles...

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Categories: Health

Creating Healthy Regional Transportation Plans

The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), a long-term blueprint of a region’s transportation system, provides a particularly important opportunity for health promotion. With the passage of SB 375 these plans have become intensively focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  How can we also make sure they focus on producing positive health outcomes and creating access to opportunities for...

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Categories: Housing

Preserving Affordable Transit-Oriented Housing

As the U.S. economy slows, the likelihood of significant federal or local investment in new mass transit diminishes. But low- and moderate-income families depend upon housing close to transit to reduce their commuting expenses and improve access to jobs, schools, and other opportunities. Not surprisingly, the rental market has already begun to grow tighter in communities near existing transit...

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Categories: Labor & Employment

Women in Construction: 6.9 Percent is Not Enough.

The typical construction worker earns nearly $19.00 an hour - double the typical wage in female-dominated occupations such as home health aides, maids and child care workers.  This fact sheet discusses the participation of women in the construction industry and explains how increasing women's participation in construction and other fields traditionally dominated by men is critical to ensuring...

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Categories: Labor & Employment

Getting to Work: Transportation Policy and Access to Job Opportunities

“Getting to Work: Transportation Policy and Access to Job Opportunities,” is the fourth in a series of reports by The Leadership Conference Education Fund examining the key roles transportation and mobility play in the struggle for civil rights and equal opportunity. The reports highlight critical issues and make recommendations for policymakers as they draft a re-authorization of the nation’s...

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Categories: Biking and Walking

Low-Income Latino Cyclists in Los Angeles County: A Socioeconomic Spatial Analysis

Much bicycle planning and advocacy focuses on encouraging travelers to switch to cycling from other transport modes, namely automobiles. At the same time, research suggests that an alternate, even overlooked cyclist cohort exists in Los Angeles County: those without access to autos or quality transit service who ride bicycles out of necessity. Principal among these “necessity” cyclists are...

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Repair Priorities: Transportation Spending Strategies to Save Taxpayer Dollars and Improve Roads

Decades of under investment in regular repair have left many states’ roads in poor condition, and the cost of repairing these roads is rising faster than many states can address them. These liabilities are outlined in a new report by Smart Growth America and Taxpayers for Common Sense, released today, which examines road conditions and spending priorities in all 50 states and the District of...

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Categories: Civil Rights

Finding Common Ground: Coordinating Housing and Education Policy to Promote Integration

The powerful, reciprocal connection between school and housing segregation has long been recognized. The housing¬school link was a key element in both the 1968 Kerner Commission Report1 and in the legislative history of the Fair Housing Act.2 The relation of school and housing segregation was also explored in a series of school desegregation cases beginning in the 1970s.3 Yet in spite of HUD’s...

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Transportation 101: An Introduction to Federal Transportation Policy

Do you want to learn a little more about federal transportation policy, like the history of the program, how the Interstate System was started, how earmarks came to be so prevalent or how the federal role in funding transportation has changed throughout the years? With Congress considering the next six-year reauthorization, T4 America has put together this guidebook to provide some clarity on...

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Transit Access and Zero-Vehicle Households

Millions of zero-vehicle households live in areas well served by transit. Yet hundreds of thousands of zero-vehicle households live out of transit's reach, particularly in the South and in the suburbs. And those with transit access still cannot reach a majority of jobs in metro areas within 90 minutes. Based on these trends, leaders must recognize these households' unique mobility needs and...

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Categories: Civil Rights

Tribes and Transportation: Policy Challenges and Opportunities

Tribes and Transportation: Policy Challenges and Opportunities addresses the critical need for transportation infrastructure development to foster economic development, job creation, and improve living conditions for individuals and families in American Indian/Alaska Native communities, and the millions of Americans who travel through our reservations every day.

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Categories: Labor & Employment

Latinos in the Transportation Sector

As the fastest-growing segment of the labor force and one that is already contributing to growth in the transportation sector, Latinos stand to benefit from job creation in transportation.  Policies designed to diversify the career opportunities available to Latino workers, especially those facing educational and language barriers, are critical to building on the momentum of job growth in this...

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Rising Above: Community Economic Development in a Changing Landscape

 

Community development corporations are non-profit, community-based organizations that anchor capital locally through the development of both residential and commercial property, ranging from affordable housing to shopping centers and even businesses. First formed in the 1960s, they have expanded rapidly in size and numbers since. An industry survey published in 2006 found that 4,600 CDCs...

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Categories: Biking and Walking

Implementing Safe Routes to School in Low-Income Schools and Communities: A Resource Guide for Volunteers and Professionals.

Children from low-income families are twice as likely to walk to school as children from higher-income families, and they face a higher risk of being injured or killed as pedestrians. That is why it is critical that low-income communities are able to access Safe Routes to School funds and implement successful programs.

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