by Blake Warenik, National Housing Conference and Center for Housing Policy
Today marks the start of NHC and the Center's 2011 learning conference, Solutions for Sustainable Communities. As folks here in Washington file into their chosen session series on the fundamentals of how to build equitable, sustainable and compact communities, it's important to think about why these new types of communities are important.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood created a video message encouraging attendees to the conference to explore the ways in which all of us in policy fields related to housing, transportation, environment, planning and government have the same goals for building communities that integrate all the features residents will need to enjoy livable communities in the face of striking economic and demographic trends. Ultimately, LaHood says, we'll have to work together to create these communities. Watch below:
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