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Fire-Adapted Communities: The Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire Program (CPAW)

Along with their devastating physical and psychological toll, the price tag for fighting wildfires keeps increasing. According to Headwater Economics, since 2002, the cost of federal wildfire protection and suppression has tripled to more than $3 billion per year. A separate federal report found that 44 million U.S. homes are in the "wildland-urban interface" or the vulnerable place where development intersects with fire-prone wilderness areas. As growth continues to expand past the edge of town in so many places, there is a strong proactive push to safeguard lives and property. The Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW) Program is one resource to help municipal officials reduce the risk of wildfire hazards from the start through improved land use planning.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation:  Funding History

Intrinsic value, hidden treasures, reminders of a city’s unique identity, the perfect spot for a restaurant or specialty shop, a connection to the past. These are only some of the reasons why saving old buildings is a worthwhile quest. The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) is a privately funded, nonprofit organization dedicated to doing just that. Its small grant program awards between $2,500 and $5,000 to local governments and other organizations for planning, advocacy, and community education related to historic preservation.

Shrinking Cities Expand Opportunities for Reinvention

Shrinking cities, counter urbanization, sunbelt migration. These are related terms to describe the loss of population, primarily in the Northern states since the 1960s. Partly driven by economic opportunity, partly driven by retirees desiring a warmer climate, some places have experienced a steady decline in residents as others have seen their numbers soar. Based on the latest Census Bureau estimates, Business Insider shared a chart of the ten fastest-growing cities in the country. Eight out of ten are in Florida, with The Villages and Punta Gorda topping the list. While it is pleasant to ponder palm trees and tropical beaches, there are real consequences for the municipalities whose census numbers decline decade after decade.

Smart Growth Strategy: Spotlight Madison

Sprawl can cost a city. Just look at infrastructure costs to sprawling communities. Consider the extent of sewer lines, the number of school busses that must go further to pick up children, the garbage trucks that have more miles to burn more fuel, and so on. The distances separating houses and businesses in urban sprawl are frequently associated with higher costs than in compactly built neighborhoods where residential, commercial, recreational areas are in close proximity to one another.

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First, let's define "sustainability." It's a crucial catchword these days in both private and public sectors. But its definition will vary according to who you speak with.

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