The sustainability of our cities -- as measured by both the quality of life they provide today, and the long-term environmental protection they promise to future generations -- will determine the future of our planet. Considering the host of social and environmental challenges we currently face -- including global warming, air quality concerns, water scarcity, food and energy security, poverty and declining social equity -- the global trend toward urbanization demands that cities be part of the solution.
Futurewise focuses in two areas for creating livable communities:
- Transit-Oriented Communities
- Urban Policy
- Transportation for Washington
The expansion of Sound Transit's new Link light rail, county-based bus rapid transit lines, and city streetcars offer more than a means of moving people from one point to another, they also are an opportunity to support and create livable communities by opening up new housing, job, and service opportunities for people to gain access to, from, and within the neighborhood.
Futurewise has been a leading thinker and advocate for building complete, compact, and connected neighborhoods around new high-capacity transit stations for all people. In 2009, Futurewise co-published our region's foremost station-area typology and best-practices manual, "Transit-Oriented Communities: A Blueprint for Washington State," with Transportation Choices Coalition and GGLO, and has since been a tireless advocate across the region.
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More information about Futurewise's Urban Program will be posted soon.
Transportation For Washington
Washington only works when we all get to where we need to go.
But special interest lobbyists have pushed a "roads-only" approach for decades that traps us in more traffic and costs middle-class families thousands of dollars every year at the gas pump.
We can do better. That's why Futurewise has partnered with Transportation Choices Coalition to co-lead a coalition of of 200 elected officials and organizations that represent business, labor, housing, social justice, and the environment in order to reform state transportation policy and funding on 3 principles:
- Fix it first
- More transit
- Build great healthy communities