Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Urban Revitalization and Livable Communities Act

"H.R.709, the Urban Revitalization and Livable Communities Act, introduced by Congressman Albio Sires on Febrary 15, 2011, would assist communities in developing and maintaining community parks in many of our nation’s urban and suburban centers. Specifically, the measure would provide federal grants for communities to rehabilitate existing and develop new urban parks and recreational infrastructure. Grants could also be used to maintain parks to keep them vibrant for many years to come. States and localities would be required to provide matching funds.

Under the legislation, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) would give priority to projects that connect children and other community members to the outdoors for physical activity; connect to public transportation; and contain safe biking and walking trails or routes. Notably, eligible projects should also use environmentally beneficial features such as “sustainable landscape features,” tree canopy coverage, improved stormwater management practices, and increased green infrastructure, which are all techniques that landscape architects excel at employing. The measure also encourages and provides grants for community involvement and planning opportunities."

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