Member Release: New Report: A Synthesis of Current Livability Practice, Seeking Case Studies

NARC is pleased to announce the release of their latest livability resource, Livability Literature Review: A Synthesis of Current Practice. This comprehensive report describes how livability is understood, provides examples of livable communities in practice and adds clarity to several concepts. With its partners, NARC conducted an expansive literature review, including more than 180 livability reports and documents to condense the most current tactics and mechanisms in creating livable communities.

This new report will help local governments and their regional planning organizations, both urban and rural, better understand the resources available to create more livable communities. Additionally, it consolidates a large number of existing resources and identifies areas in which additional information is necessary. Click HERE to access a copy of the report.

“NARC is proud to release this Literature Review, one of many research documents focusing on regional transportation and livability needs” said Fred Abousleman, executive director, NARC. “We were honored to continue our work with the Federal Highway Administration and our Association partners on this project, and look forward to developing additional case studies to support regional and local livability efforts.”

In order for regions to build stronger, more livable communities, NARC is seeking additional case studies of regional planning organizations and their communities. These case studies will showcase the important work in which your community is engaged and help future communities create more livable communities. Click HERE to share your case study.

NARC convened the National League of Cities (NLC), the National Association of Counties (NACo), the American Public Works Association (APWA) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) to examine how to create and disseminate locally implementable solutions to achieve federal livability goals. This research will identify and disseminate tools and practices that local governments and regional planning organizations can use in their planning processes. Innovative efforts of this project, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, will result in a final guidebook with replicable case studies and the necessary tools for planners, local elected officials and other stakeholders interested in creating livability programs in their communities.

Additional information about NARC issue areas and its Regional Centers of Excellence programs can be found on its website, www.NARC.org.

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