Kaid Benfield

Kaid Benfield is the Director of Sustainable Communities and Smart Growth, at the Natural Resources Defense Council. He is the co-founder of the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system, and the Smart Growth America coalition; and author of Once There Were Greenfields (NRDC 1999), Solving Sprawl (Island Press 2001), Smart Growth In a Changing World (APA Planners Press 2007), Green Community (APA Planners Press 2009). He was voted one of the "top urban thinkers" in 2009 poll on Planetizen.com and named one of "the most influential people in sustainable planning and development" in 2010 by the Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

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Rebuilding a historic neighborhood where some risked all for their humanity

The revitalization of an obscure block in Montgomery, Ala., will reaffirm its place in the history of the civil rights movement.

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A very impressive two weeks for the federal sustainability partnership

The Partnership for Sustainable Communities has announced an impressive amount of federal assistance to sustainability projects across the country.

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Striking images of disconnected streets and unwanted sprawl

Here's images of Florida sprawl, much of the development unfinished for lack of buyers, and all of it within a convenient walk of, well, nothing.

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Walmart goes urban: be careful what we wish for?

Walmart plans to expand into urban markets with smaller stores that carry fresh food. Is this a good thing?

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