Research Archives

Analyzing the stimulus
In 2009 Smart Growth America worked with our partners to provide sound advice and recommendations on how to spend the $787 billion stimulus package to provide the greatest bang for our buck — quickly creating the most jobs while investing in the kinds of transportation infrastructure we desperately need.

Getting Back on Track
Smart Growth America and the Natural Resources Defense Council found that current transportation policies in almost all 50 states either fail to curb carbon emission rates or, in some cases, actually increase emissions.

Growing Cooler
Meeting the growing demand for conveniently located homes in walkable neighborhoods could significantly reduce the growth in the number of miles Americans drive, shrinking the nation’s carbon footprint while giving people more housing choices.

Measuring the Health Effects of Sprawl
In the first such national study, health researchers found that people who live in counties marked by sprawl-style development tend to weigh more, are more likely to be obese and are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure.

Endangered by Sprawl
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.

Policy Analysis: Vacant Properties
A series of in-depth reports analyze existing issues and strategies and propose new techniques for dealing with the unique issues faced by each community.

Policy Analysis: Source Water Protection
This series of technical assistance reports suggests opportunities for more effective collaboration between public and private stakeholders and better congruence between various state policies to enhance drinking water source water protection.

Survey finds Americans want greater investment in public transit, less in new roads
Three-fourths of Americans believe that being smarter about development and improving public transportation are better long-term solutions for reducing traffic congestion than building new roads, according to a September 2007 survey sponsored by the National Association of Realtors® and Smart Growth America.

Paving Our Way to Water Shortages: How Sprawl Aggravates the Effects of Drought
One major contributor to many regions’ water problems is the way land is developed. As wetlands and forests are paved, this 2002 report shows that the United States is depleting its water supplies.