Citistates Links

Regionalism on the Web

Here’s a list of web sites where you’ll find valuable information on regionalism and its related topics — from land use to sustainability to governance reforms.

Brookings Institution  Metropolitan Policy Program

A lead research organization focused on how changes in national policy could reduce wasteful sprawl development and enhance social equity and a fair break for inner cities and older suburbs. It conducts many major policy studies, holds conferences, seeks to coordinate action in the field.

National Association of Regional Councils

The official organization of America’s regional councils of government. This is also the home site for NARC’s Institute for the Regional Community, conducting leading-edge research, and the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations.

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is a leading resourcefor key issues concerning the use, regulation, and taxation of land. The Lincoln Institute has been extensively engaged in regional planning initiatives and has studied the ways that regions can work across jurisdictional boundares, most recently focused on efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The subcenter Regional Collaboration at includes case studies, principles, and guidelines for working across boundaries. The Lincoln Institute also partnered with Regional Plan Association to establish the concept of “megaregions” — collections of metropolitan centers with common interests and economic competitiveness goals, such as the Boston-Washington corridor or the Pacific Northwest. Information is available at America 2050

Planetizen Web Site

A cornucopia of articles from leading newspapers, and directly submitted commentary, on critical urban planning issues.

International Economic Development Council

Top-notch information on development practices, from Main Streets to industrial revival.

Surface Transportation Policy Project

STPP was the critical group in making ISTEA — the first federal legislation of the citistate era– a reality, and now follows TEA-21 regularly. Excellent web page on all transportation-related issues.

EPA’s Smart Growth Site

To its credit, the federal government’s EPA took interest in the smart growth movement under the Clinton administration — and has continued in the Bush administration, under formerly New Jersey Gov. Christie Todd Whitman. The web site now has a cornmucopia of information on smart growth-related topics and organizations.

Smart Growth Network

A premier networking contact on the whys and hows of compact metropolitan-area development. Formed from inside the Environmental Protection Administration in 1996, now in alliance with the Urban Land Institute and others on smart growth agendas.

International Downtown Association

Urban Land Institute

Top developer organization in the USA, now taking much more interest in the futures of cities and more rational land use. You may wish to consider subscribing to the ULI’s excellent weekly News Roundup including key development news from papers around the U.S.

Center for Neighborhood Technology

Headquartered in Chicago, CNT conducts research and projects aimed at developing more equitable and sustainable communities. Among its major projects: invention of the location efficient mortgage, popularizing the idea of “hidden assets” in older urban areas, and support for broadened public transportation service.

Initiative for a Competitive Inner City

Founded by Harvard Business School’s Prof. Michael Porter, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) is seeking to spark new thinking about the real world business potential of inner city areas so often written off as unproductive and unprofitable.

Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods

Site of a model outreach into an inner city community, conceived and carried out by the University of Louisville.

National Association of Counties

National League of Cities

U.S. Conference of Mayors

American Planning Association

Congress for the New Urbanism

A progressive group that’s gone way beyond its original charter to promote neotraditional architecture and planning — now a major voice for thoughtful regional development.

Collaborative Economics

America’s leading firm designing economic strategies for region — experts in cluster analysis, civic entrepreneurship. Principals Doug Henton, Kim Walesh and John Melville are authors of Grassroots Leaders for a New Economy.

Local Government Commission

The title says government, but this is really a Sacramento-based independent non-profit that blazes trails in the West for sustainability, healthy local economies and sound planning linked to social equity. The commission and its affiliated Center for Livable Communities helped develop the now famous “Ahwanhee Principles” for resource-efficient local and regional land-use planning. Now it’s working on a parallel set of economic development principles tied to sound growth and livability. The site is rich in references to particular projects.