location efficiency

Growing public interest in walkable communities, but public sector decision-makers still lag behind

By Bill Holloway Walkscore, the first website to offer easy-to-use walkability ratings for cities, neighborhoods, and individual properties now has some competition. Walkability, a rating system released this month targets private businesses, particularly those in the marketing, social

Walk/Transit/Bike Score now an important number for real estate

By Robbie Webber Ever since Walk Score debuted in 2007, savvy real estate and rental agents have used the number to sell properties to clients who want to be walking distance from amenities. Now there is evidence that simply being in a walkable neighborhood may increase the value of housing. A

CNT unveils updated Housing + Transportation Affordability Index

Last week, the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) unveiled its updated Housing + Transportation Affordability (HTA) Index. The Index now includes 877 metro- and micropolitan areas, which are home to 89 percent of the  U.S. population. In addition, the Index now takes into account rail

Prospering in Place: Linking Jobs, Development, and Transit to Spur Chicago’s Economy (Center for Neighborhood Technology, 2012)

This report presents a blueprint for revitalizing specific neighborhoods within the Chicago urban area by focusing on the transit and rail networks already in place. It calls for investment in the places with the best chance of success that can create the greatest value, strengthen the regional

Housing and Transportation Affordability Index (CNT, n.d.)

Website demonstrating that when transportation costs are included, exurban areas are very expensive to live in, even though real estate is cheap. Go to website

Ready for $4 per gallon gas?

That is the question posed by a new Planetizen article. Scott Bernstein of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, the article’s author, says the most effective solution is to reduce the demand by creating more “location-efficient” communities: “Our research shows that