community http://kgou.org en Fixing A City's Economy Two Feet At A Time http://kgou.org/post/fixing-citys-economy-two-feet-time <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nearly 70 years after the post-World War II suburban explosion, some developers and civic innovators argue that urban centers can increase their livability by going beyond the lower limits of what’s functional.</span></p><p><a href="http://iqc.ou.edu/2013/05/10/danburden/">Dan Burden</a> is the co-founder of the <a href="http://www.walklive.org/">Walkable and Livable Communities Institute</a> in Port Townsend, Washington. He’s studied and documented the conditions for pedestrians and cyclists in more than 2,000 town centers.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 16:05:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 9909 at http://kgou.org Fixing A City's Economy Two Feet At A Time Pedaling Toward Healthier Communities http://kgou.org/post/pedaling-toward-healthier-communities <p></p><p>Cities across the nation are trying to improve the health of their populations, many developers are embracing cycling infrastructure as a way encourage civic engagement, environmental goals, and economic prosperity.</p><p><a href="http://www.altaplanning.com/john+cock.aspx">John Cock</a> is an urban planner based in Davidson, North Carolina with <a href="http://www.altaplanning.com/john+cock.aspx">Alta Planning and Design</a>.</p><p>During a recent placemaking conference sponsored by the University of Oklahoma’s&nbsp;<a href="http://iqc.ou.edu/">Institute for Quality Communities</a>, Cock described three types cyclists – those who are already out there, the 7-9 percent who would ride on urban streets if they had a bike lane, and another 60 percent who don’t even want a bike lane if they have to share the roadways with traffic or parked cars.</p><p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:37:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 10112 at http://kgou.org Pedaling Toward Healthier Communities If You Build It, Better Health Will Come http://kgou.org/post/if-you-build-it-better-health-will-come <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many scientists, doctors, and public health researchers say there’s a link between a community’s health and the built environment.</span></p><p>Nearly 800 civic leaders attended a recent placemaking conference sponsored by the University of Oklahoma’s&nbsp;<a href="http://iqc.ou.edu/">Institute for Quality Communities</a>.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 13:12:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 9842 at http://kgou.org If You Build It, Better Health Will Come Making Places People Like http://kgou.org/post/making-places-people <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Creating a sense of place is attracting more attention from community developers as the nation’s demographics continue to shift.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nearly 800 civic leaders attended a recent </span>placemaking<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> conference sponsored by the University of Oklahoma’s </span><a href="http://iqc.ou.edu/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Institute for Quality Communities</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 15:31:00 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 9656 at http://kgou.org Making Places People Like Survey Shows Oklahoma Children's Well-Being Improves http://kgou.org/post/survey-shows-oklahoma-childrens-well-being-improves <p></p><p>An annual report on the well-being of children in the United States <a href="http://datacenter.kidscount.org/~/media/65/2013KC_state_profile_OK.pdf">shows improvement in&nbsp;Oklahoma</a>.</p><p>The state's ranking improved from 40th to 36th among the 50 states in the <a href="http://www.aecf.org/~/media/Pubs/Initiatives/KIDS%20COUNT/123/2013KIDSCOUNTDataBook/2013KIDSCOUNTDataBookr.pdf">Kids Count report</a> released Monday by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation.</p><p>The foundation ranks states based on four areas — economic well-being; education; health; and family and community issues.</p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 19:24:26 +0000 Associated Press & Brian Hardzinski 8419 at http://kgou.org Survey Shows Oklahoma Children's Well-Being Improves