3A. Leverage the ongoing work of the MPO for monitoring and implementation of
The Tomorrow Plan

“Mixed-Income Development Study”

Robert Chaskin, PhD & Mark Joseph, PhD UChicago SSA
CWRU Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. The current phase of research, which began in October 2009, has three primary purposes: to interrogate the ideas and assumptions behind the mixed-income development policy and explore the ways in which the strategy is playing out on the ground; to investigate the community-building strategies implemented to create well-functioning communities within and around the new mixed-income developments; and to understand the perspectives and experiences of residents who move into the new mixed-income developments and the ways in which living in these communities is affecting their lives. Go to Website

Preserving Affordable Housing Near Transit Case Studies from Atlanta, Denver, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

Reconnecting America, Enterprise and the National Housing Trust, 2010
Reconnecting America, Enterprise and the National Housing Trust have released a collection of case studies examining what cities are doing to ensure that affordable housing isn’t lost as cities pursue transit-oriented development. Go to Website

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

PRRAC, Philip Tegeler, Editor, October 2011
Describes ways to coordinate housing and education policy, using case study examples to evaluate the success of different techniques. Go to Report

“Three Ways to a Fair Shot at Housing”

The Edge, Feb 2013
HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research summarizes presentations from All the Best Intentions: Is Affirmative Marketing Creating Integrated Communities, the Feb 2013 FHEO Speaker Series (hosted by HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity) Go to Article

“Creating Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Communities: Strategies for Advancing Smart Growth, Environmental Justice, and Equitable Development”

EPA, Office of Environmental Justice and Office of Sustainable Communities, Feb 2013
Shows how low-income, minority and tribal communities can apply smart growth land use and development strategies to create healthy communities, spur economic growth and protect the environment; describes strategies for cleaning up and reinvesting in existing neighborhoods, providing affordable housing and transportation, and improving access to jobs, parks and stores; includes case studies on seven communities across the country Go to Report

Equitable Development Toolkit

This toolkit introduces 28 tools that can help communities and regions begin to reverse patterns of segregation and disinvestment, prevent displacement, and promote equitable revitalization. Go to Website

3B. Make walking, biking, and utilizing public transportation a normal part of daily life

Improving Walkability Without Changing Streets

Streets MN, Bill Lindeke, 2013
Describes actions that any city can take, at little expense, to dramatically improve walkability without changing actual roadways. These simple changes include adding red light cameras at busy pedestrian intersections to track automobile infractions of laws; banning right turns on red lights at busy intersections; and banning cellphones while driving to reduce driver distraction. Go to Website

The Find It, Fund It chart for Bicycling and Walking

Advocacy Advance + Alliance for Biking & Walking
Indicates federal funding sources for pedestrian and bicycle projects under federal highway and transit programs. The table has been updated for the new transportation law, MAP-21. Go to Website

Bicycle and Pedestrian Federal Funding Resources List

Details about federal funding sources for pedestrian and bicycle projects Go to Website

“Metropolitan Area Transportation Planning for Healthy Communities”

U.S. DOT’s Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in cooperation with FHWA’s Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty. Dec 2012
This report is the first of two white papers highlighting best practices of State Departments of Transportation (State DOTs) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and their partners to successfully consider health throughout the transportation planning process. Go to Website

Health in Transportation Website

DOT FHWA, Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty
Includes information, case studies, training opportunities, and other resources about Health and Transportation topics. Go to Website

Infrastructure Financing Options for Transit-Oriented Development

Office of Sustainable Communities Smart Growth Program, EPA; Jan 2013
This new EPA report provides communities with a comprehensive guide to tools and strategies that are available for financing and funding infrastructure for transit-oriented development. The report provides examples of how some communities are using specific tools for individual infrastructure components, as well as strategies for combining and bundling tools to create plans that address construction phasing and market growth over time. Go to Report

3C. Make the healthy choice intuitive

“Health education: theoretical concepts, effective strategies and core competencies”

World Health Organization- Eastern Mediterranean Region, 2012
Includes good points on how to educate people from many different areas. Go to Report

Effective Education to Target Populations

National Eye Health Education Program
Gain a better understanding of the most effective ways to deliver eye health messages and the most appropriate settings for these messages to reach target populations. See especially Section 2: Health Literacy (starting pg 7 of PDF) and Section 4: Channels of Communication (starting pg 12 of PDF) Go to Document

Social and Behavioral Theories

Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, Department of Health and Human Services, and National Institutes of Health
This report gives different ways on how you can influence or change healthy lifestyles Go to Report

Impact of Public Service Advertising: Research Evidence and Effective Strategies

Charles Atkin, Michigan State University, Project conducted for Kaiser Family Foundation, 2001
Reviews the research measuring effects of media-based health communication campaigns, to determine the degree of impact of campaigns on health behaviors and identify promising strategies for increasing campaign effectiveness <> Go to Research

The Infinite Dial 2011: Navigating Digital Platforms

Presentation Companion, Arbitron Inc. and Edison Research, 2011
Nationally representative survey focusing on trends in digital platforms. Explores the expanding digital media and communications landscape with new 2011 data trending usage levels among U.S. residents aged 12 and older. (This summary is intended as a companion piece to The Infinite Dial 2011: Navigating Digital Platforms. For detailed findings, please download the full presentation at www.arbitron.com | Go to Summary

Improving Community Health through Land Reuse and Development

The U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, 2012
Examines: critical role public health plays in land reuse and redevelopment decisions and many free tools and resources available to assist communities in their redevelopment efforts. Go to Webinar

Improving Community Health through Land Reuse and Development

The U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, 2012
Examines: critical role public health plays in land reuse and redevelopment decisions and many free tools and resources available to assist communities in their redevelopment efforts. Go to Webinar

“How Healthy is Your Neighborhood?”

Find out if your hometown is built to benefit your health with this nine-point checklist Go to Website

Metropolitan Area Transportation Planning for Healthy Communities

Identifies integrated and flexible approaches to how metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and their partners can successfully consider aspects of health during the transportation planning process. Based on research including four best practice studies, the white paper proposes a framework for MPOs and partners to use to integrate health into metropolitan area transportation planning. The report develops a comprehensive approach both to how MPOs can approach health as a direct, broadly-based goal for their interdisciplinary planning, and how they can consider health during all stages of the metropolitan area transportation planning process. Go to Website

Health in Transportation

Federal Highway Administration
Linking health and transportation brings together transportation professionals and health practitioners in a collaborative process to improve transportation decisions. They are committed to developing transportation options that promote and improve access to healthy and active lifestyles. Go to Website

Healthy Polk County

Empower more people to take responsibility for maintaining their health is identified as one of our community’s ten health priorities in the Healthy Polk 2020 plan.Go to Plan

Healthy Neighborhoods in Baltimore

Healthy Neighborhoods helps strong but undervalued Baltimore neighborhoods increase home values, market their communities, create high standards for property improvements, and forge strong connections among neighbors. Go to Website

3D. Provide access to healthy food using a regional food system approach

Planning for Food Access and Community-Based Food Systems: A National Scan and Evaluation of Local Comprehensive and Sustainability Plans

APA, Kimberley Hodgson, 2012
Recent research has begun to examine food access more comprehensively, taking into account the nuances of place, people, and policy that interact and reinforce each other. Go to Report

MarketMaker National Network

National partnership of land grant institutions and State Departments of Agriculture dedicated to the development of a comprehensive interactive data base of food industry marketing and business data. Go to Website

Garage top gardens

A group of Seattle designers, neighbors and city officials have upped the community gardening ante with the city’s first large-scale community garden on top of a 50-year-old parking garage. Go to Website

“Aquaponic Agriculture Holds Promise for Local Foods”

Sustainable City Network, Jan 30,2013
An aquaponics experiment in Iowa is demonstrating that fresh greens and tasty fish can be produced almost anywhere in an economically and ecologically viable form of agriculture. Go to Website

Greater Des Moines Garden and Market Locations

Eat Greater Des Moines
A community garden and farmers market locator to identify convenient locations to grow or buy local food Go to Website

Greater Des Moines Community Garden Start-Up Guide

Eat Greater Des Moines
Features step-by-step instructions, community-building strategies, gardening advice, and many other resources. Go to Website

Greater Des Moines Food Calendar

Eat Greater Des Moines
A local food calendar highlighting opportunities to connect with local food systems and build food security and resilience Go to Website

Edible bus stops

Go to Website

Plant Chicago

A net-zero energy vertical farm and food business operation. Includes aquaponic growing systems, sustainable food businesses, and a renewable energy system. Go to Website

The 10% Campaign

North Carolina program to support locally grown food (asks residents and businesses to spend 10% of food budget on local food). Go to Website

25% SHIFT: The Benefits of Food Localization for Northeast Ohio & How to Realize Them

Looks at impacts of moving to system that would produce 25% of food for Northeast Ohio region locally. Go to Report

Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council

Go to Website

Farm to Plate Strategic Plan

During the 2009 legislative session, two member-based public policy organizations, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and Rural Vermont, crafted and helped win legislative approval for the creation of a Farm to Plate Investment Program (F2P). Go to Website

Detroit Food Policy Council

The DFPC is an education, advocacy, and policy organization led by Detroiters committed to creating a sustainable local food system that promotes food security, food justice, and food sovereignty in the city of Detroit. Go to Website

“Farm to Plate Strategic Plan: A 10-Year Strategic Plan for Vermont’s Food System.”

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
Provides Vermont with a road map to new jobs and increased market share as well as improved physical, environmental and economic health. Go to Executive Summary | Go to Website

3E. Encourage and celebrate place-making and community building opportunities

Bravo Greater Des Moines

The Region’s Arts Council (Bravo) is a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the metro area’s arts and cultural community as a key element of a world-class quality of life. Bravo provides a collaborative focus to nurture and grow the arts by increasing funding through public and private sources. Go to Website

Des Moines Arts

Their mission is to create permanent affordable space for the local arts in downtown Des Moines Go to Website

Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation

Places art in public spaces in the community through public and private collaborations. Go to Website

“Municipal Placemaking Mistakes 04: No models for emulation”

Place Makers, Nathan Morris, November 26, 2012
Cities hinder their own placemaking efforts, wasting time and money by investing in tools, policies and programs that deliver lousy results. Here’s how not to do that. Go to Website


Tool for anyone to find and invest in local civic projects of interest. Go to Website

Winning Strategies in the NeighborWorks Network

Describes and records the innovative approaches that NeighborWorks organizations use in revitalizing neighborhoods and serving families, while offering community development practitioners an opportunity to replicate this work in the field. Go to Website

20 Organizations or Communities Building More Sustainable Neighborhoods

Gives numerous examples of communities and organizations that have begun the transition to more sustainable models. Go to Website

Our Town Program

National Endowment for the Arts
Locates and describes various “Our Town” initiatives across the United States. Go to Website


A collaboration of thirteen leading national and regional foundations to accelerate creative placemaking across the country. Go to Website

Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design

The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD)is an opportunity for not-for-profits, community organizations, and local governments to tackle critical rural design issues by bringing professionals to their community for a multiday workshop. Go to Website

Project for Public Spaces

Nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities; provides technical and financial assistance; good resource and case study library. Go to Website

“Five London Projects Building Communities Through Arts Education”

Silvie Jacobi, This Big City. 29 January 2013
Discusses: Trade School (Croydon), Zeitgeist Arts Projects (New Cross), Late-Shift at National Portrait Gallery, Wide Open School at Hayward Gallery, Q-Art London. Go to Website

San Francisco Parklet Manual

The Parklet Manual is a comprehensive overview of the goals, policies, processes, procedures, and guidelines for creating a parklet in San Francisco. The Manual also serves as a resource for those outside of San Francisco working to establish parklet programs in their own cities. Go to Manual

Glass Mural at Court Avenue Pump Station

Jun Kaneko, Des Moines
Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation places art in public spaces in the community through public and private collaborations. Go to Website

Pocket neighborhoods

Includes case studies; neighborhood within neighborhood organized around shared common space; goal is to promote interactions + “sense of community.” Go to Website

Billboards as gardens

In Los Angeles, billboards have become multi-functional also serving as urban gardens. Go to Website

Crowdfunding Tips (especially for Kickstarter)

Go to This Big City Website | Go to Mashable Website

Copenhagen Bike Share System

RAFFA Architecture
Innovative street furniture design. Go to Website

“4 Examples of Powerful Placemaking”

The Atlantic Cities, Kaid Benfield Jan 07, 2013
The National Endowment for the Arts, is quietly leveraging small amounts of financial assistance to make a big difference in helping communities across the country become stronger and more alive. Whether in Portland, Maine, Pendleton, South Carolina, the Kewa Pueblo in New Mexico, or another of the scores of locations that its Our Town program is assisting in all 50 states, the agency believes “creative placemaking” can strengthen “community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize local economies.” Go to Website

The Farmery

Start-up in Raleigh, NC that is developing an urban farm and market built from shipping containers and standard greenhouse components Go to Website

“Peace and Quiet” in Times Square, NYC

Pop-up pavilion/art installation. The shed-like building coincided with Veterans Day, and is a serene meeting space where veterans and civilians can interact.
Go to Website

Pop-up Restaurants

Bubba is a pop-up restaurant featuring southern comfort food, lasting three days only. Go to Website

Make Way for People

City of Chicago
Aims to create public spaces that cultivate community and culture in Chicago’s neighborhoods through placemaking. Make Way for People supports innovation in the public way by opening Chicago’s streets, parking spots, plazas and alleys to new programming and market opportunities via public and private partnerships. Go to Website

Park(ing) Day

A national day of “park awareness” during which groups organize the takeover of a street parking space and turn it into a temporary park. Go to Website

“100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Ideas from the BMW Guggenheim Lab”

Collects 100 of the most talked-about trends in urban thinking compiled from June 15 through July 29, 2012 when the BMW Guggenheim Lab Berlin offered free programs in Berlin neighborhoods and online centered around the topic of life in cities today. Go to Website

Rural Design: A New Design Discipline Book

Author, Dewey Thorbeck
Routledge/Taylor & Francis in January 2012. Rural Design spotlights examples of design approaches that help rural communities make land use, architectural, and aesthetic decisions that enhance their quality of life and the environment. The book connects social, artistic, cultural, technological, and environmental issues that create a rural sense of place. Go to Website

3F. Celebrate the unique heritage and character found throughout the region by promoting historic preservation.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

A privately funded nonprofit organization that works to save America’s historic places. Go to Website

Iowa State Historic Preservation Office

Part of the State Historical Society of Iowa, a division within the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. The office’s mission is to identify, preserve, and protect Iowa’s historic resources. Go to Website

Preservation Iowa

Preservation Iowa builds partnerships that enhance our economic and cultural future through the preservation of Iowa’s historic resources. Go to Website

3G. Create Zest

“Arts, culture groups have been engines of growth in central Iowa, report says”

Des Moines Register.com, Michael Morain, Jan 23, 2013
A new report from the nonprofit Bravo Greater Des Moines indicates that arts, culture and heritage groups in central Iowa have grown steadily — even surprisingly — over the last few years, even as similar organizations nationwide stumbled during the recession. Go to Website


Aims to create permanent affordable space for the local arts in downtown Des Moines Go to Website

Your Text Here

DElectricity, Marcos Zotes Detroit, MI
Participatory light installationGo to Website

Musical steps

Installation to encourage healthy choice
Go to Website

3H. Other Neighborhood Tools

Creating Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Communities: Strategies for Advancing Smart Growth, Environmental Justice, and Equitable Development

EPA – Office of Sustainable Communities/Office of Environmental Justice, February 2013
The Creating Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Communities report describes how low-income, minority, and tribal communities can employ smart growth strategies to clean up and reinvest in existing neighborhoods; provide affordable housing and transportation; and improve access to jobs, parks and stores. The report also provides smart growth practitioners with concrete ideas on how they can better meet the needs of low-income residents as they promote development or redevelopment in underserved communities. Go to Website

Multigenerational Planning

Multigenerational planning is a holistic approach that takes into consideration the needs of all age groups throughout all stages of planning (from needs assessment to visioning, plan making, design, implementation, and evaluation) and how government policies, zoning, and building codes can be changed to ensure generational equality and access Go to Website

Tools and Key Resources for Sustainable Communities

One of the goals of the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities is to help communities develop and support neighborhoods that provide transportation choices and affordable housing while increasing economic competitiveness and directing resources toward places with existing infrastructure. To help support these communities, EPA has compiled this list of useful tools and key resources. Go to Website

Partnership for Sustainable Communities

Three federal agencies came together to create the Partnership for Sustainable Communities to help places around the country develop in more environmentally and economically sustainable ways. To guide its work, the Partnership developed six livability principles. Go to Website

Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities

This guide to HUD, DOT, EPA, and USDA programs highlights federal resources rural communities can use to promote economic competitiveness, protect healthy environments, and enhance quality of life. >
Go to Resources

Resources page from The Reinvestment Fund in Philadelphia

Includes policy publications, staff selections, application forms, and more information about creativity and neighborhood development. Go to Website

Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities

Technical Assistance from EPA. Go to Website

Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR)

Nonprofit organization that seeks to enable communities to develop sustainably and equitably through land recycling—restoring underutilized, blighted sites to productive use Go to Website

Lakewood, CO Sustainable Neighborhoods Program

Neighborhoods participating in this unique certification program use guidance from City staff to organize workshops, projects and events that enhance the livability of their neighborhood and reduce residents’ ecological footprint. Categories: Energy, Land, Air, Water, People. Go to Website

Sustainable Neighborhoods of North Central Austin

Organization founded in 2007, members of 4 neighborhood associations Go to Website

Great Indy Neighborhoods (GINI)

Core principles organized around: civic, social, physical, economic; Roadmap to help communities make own sustainability plan. Go to Report

Living Cities

Philanthropic collaborative of 22 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions; Living Cities harnesses the collective power of philanthropy and financial institutions to improve the lives of low-income people and the cities where they live; includes research documents Go to Website

Putting Dollars to Work in the Community: 9 Things Local Government Can Do to Harness Private Capital for Public Good

Living Cities harnesses the collective power of philanthropy and financial institutions to improve the lives of low-income people and the cities where they live. – See more at: http://www.livingcities.org/about/values#sthash.GbP2H9gS.dpuf | Go to Website

“In Search of ‘Eldertopia'”

Atlantic Cities, Lisa Selin Davis, Jan 2013
Explains the strategies for providing housing for an aging population. Go to Website

“Norwalk projects prepare city for further growth”

Business Record, Joe Gardyasz, May 20, 2011
Coordination between City and school district. Go to Website

Neighborhood Development Floating Zone: A Model Ordinance to Foster Green Community Development Using the LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating System

U.S. Green Building Council, Land Use Law Center, Pace Law School, Dec 2012
Floating zones, or zoning classifications authorized for future use, are applied to a specific location when a developer demonstrates compliance. These flexible zoning agreements achieve desired development outcomes while saving municipalities time and money on otherwise expensive rezoning initiatives. See the Technical Guidance Manual for Sustainable Neighborhoods for more information on how local governments can use LEED-ND for land use planning. Go to Website

Institute for Comprehensive Community Development

The LISC Institute for Comprehensive Community Development serves LISC staff, organizations and individuals who partner with LISC, and others working in urban and rural communities across the country by providing training and information about best practices, ideas and news from around the field of comprehensive community development. Go to Website

Strategies for Sustainable Communities: A Guidebook Based on California Community Types

State of California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, 2010
Provides strategies, progress indicators, and resources for planners and decision-makers organized around ten defined community types that reflect the diversity of California communities and the challenges they face in their efforts to maintain quality of life for their residents. Go to Resources