Community and Quality of Life: Data Needs for Informed by National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life

By National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, Committee on Geography, Committee on Identifying Data Needs for Place-Based Decision Making

''Quality of life''...''livability''...''sense of place.'' groups throughout the United States are striving to outline those phrases and to deliver them to existence, as they make judgements approximately transportation structures and different points of making plans and improvement. ''Community and caliber of Life'' discusses vital ideas that undergird group lifestyles and provides techniques for collaborative making plans throughout area and time. The booklet explores livability as an ensemble proposal, embracing notions akin to caliber of position and sustainability. It discusses tips on how to degree the ''three legs'' of livability (social, financial, ecological) whereas accounting for politics and private values.And the e-book examines how one can translate vast rules approximately livability into guidance for policymaking. It explores position as greater than position, together with the ordinary, human-built, and social environments. The booklet discusses the impression of inhabitants alterations through the years, the hyperlinks among nearby and native identification, and different concerns. It offers instruments for choice making in transportation and group making plans. It stories numerous selection types and instruments resembling geographic info platforms (GIS) - in addition to private and non-private resources of proper info. together with a number of case examples, this ebook should be very important to planners, making plans selection makers, making plans educators and scholars, social scientists, neighborhood activists, and contributors.

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With the Quality Growth Strategy in hand, Envision Utah must now work to ensure that it is the guiding tool for future development in the Greater Wasatch Area. Over the past year, Envision Utah has developed Utah-specific urban planning tools to help decision makers implement the Quality Growth Strategy. Envision Utah has trained more than 1,000 local officials, planners, developers, realtors, and other key stakeholders to help them use these tools in the most effective manner. In addition, Quality Growth Demonstration Projects are currently under way in three subregions to develop regional plans for each area that will help facilitate substantial change in local policies to help implement quality growth principles.

SOURCE: FWHA (no date). ive context for data collection and dissemination and for citizen participation in the decision process. S. Department of Transportation and federal policy such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), is felt at the community level. Yet these authorities are at times far removed from the specific concerns of a community, and few are sufficiently coordinated to permit cross-organization decision making. 15 INTRODUCTION SCOPE OF THE REPORT Improving the livability of American communities requires the development of strategies to identify and assemble the information and tools necessary for making complex decisions.

Why has the concept of livability, especially for America’s cities and suburbs, suddenly become so important? This is a complex question. Part of the push toward more livable communities is related to concerns for social well-being, another composite concept (Smith, 1973). Often, levels of social well-being are a function of the distribution, rather than the allocation, of economic resources. Thus, even if aggregate indicators of economic growth are strong, the qualitative dimensions of the economy are crucial in shaping quality of life and making cities more livable.

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