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What are the tools and resources for citizens, investors, and leaders to design, plan, and create great suburban places?

While a wide range of tools exist to help create walkable, mixed use places, fewer tools and resources exist specifically for transforming suburban landscapes. The problems and opportunities are enormous. The US will add 100 million residents in the next 50 years, far more than can fit in core cities of major metro area. Included in this section are a number of tools and resources that can help and inspire all stakeholders imagine, plan, design, and create new and reinvented suburban neighborhoods.

Tool 1: Beginning

Many suburbs would like to revitalize infrastructure and assets, but they don’t know what problems to tackle first. Not knowing can lead to paralysis.

Tool 2: Finance

Affordable housing is built in the suburbs in automobile-dependent places, forcing low-income and working-class residents to spend too much on transportation.

Tool 3: Leadership

Building a Better Burb can sometimes fall victim to raw politics unless public officials see grassroots support.

Tool 4: Grassroots Organizing

Suburban areas in need of transformation often lack an oversight organization to join, providing a network of support.

Tool 5: Cultivating Consensus

Bringing in community stakeholder voices can allow for a smarter suburban design product.

Tool 6: Infrastructure Design

The timing and planning of infrastructure investments are key to ensuring smart suburban growth.

Tool 7: Awareness

Properly articulating the benefits of smart urban design to local stakeholders can help raise awareness about the planning issues and potential solutions in their own communities.