Tag Archives: Zoning / Land Use

It’s Spring. Don’t Just #FindYourPark—Defend Parks for Others

By Sarah Moore on March 23rd, 2017

I was a “free-range” kid before that term existed. In the rural Southeast, neighbors’ homes lay miles beyond pastures and tracts of forest. I was a serial trespasser on other folks’ property, but we were all spread so far apart that no one seemed to notice. I followed cow paths to creeks and swam in […]

Active Aging Builds Social Connections: Q&A with Dan Burden

By Sarah Strunk on December 2nd, 2015

As a member of Active Living By Design’s (ALBD’s) inaugural National Advisory Committee (NAC) from 2002-2005, Dan Burden helped us understand what it takes to create activity-friendly communities for everyone. Over the years, Dan has collaborated with residents, policy makers and practitioners in more than 3,500 communities across the world. And today, he is Director […]

Aging Gracefully Through Site Design and Community Connections

By Mary Beth Powell on November 4th, 2015

I have the “honor” of being the oldest person at Active Living By Design and one of only two Baby Boomers in a sea of Gen Xers, Gen Ys and Millennials. Despite our age differences, we remain a cohesive group, thanks in part to our office culture of staying physically active at whatever life stage […]

A Blighted Philadelphia Park Becomes Neighborhood’s Jewel

By Mary Beth Powell on June 3rd, 2015

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Philadelphia’s 87-acre Hunting Park has had a miracle resurgence thanks to community activists and a broad-based coalition. Established in 1856, Hunting Park’s neglected facilities fell into disrepair in the 1960s. By the mid-1980s, the park that was once recognized as a neighborhood asset was better known for prostitution, […]

Investing in Healthy Community Change

By Sarah Moore on August 8th, 2014

This document offers a range of insights that challenge business as usual, and explores lessons learned about investing in healthy community change to help funders of all sizes leverage their investments, achieve their goals and sustain their results.

Kane County, IL: Communications Example

By Tim Schwantes on August 8th, 2014

Kane County, IL branded its integrated suite of health-oriented long range plans “Quality of Kane”, and used terms such as “promise”, “prosperity”, “quality of life” and “for everyone”.

Open Use Policy Provides 210 Acres of Playground and Green Space in Chattanooga/Hamilton County

By Fay Gibson on April 20th, 2014

What happens when a community partnership embraces its power? Can community-driven change really lead to broad scale policy change? When I think about the recent success of the HKHC East Chattanooga Leadership Council’s efforts to increase places for children in their neighborhood to be physically active, I am reminded of the phrase “Faith is the […]

Communities on the Move: Improving Active Living in Rural North Carolina

By Tim Schwantes on August 7th, 2010

The Fit Together Grant Program was established to support five rural North Carolina community partnerships to improve community health and increase physical activity utilizing Active Living By Design’s Community Action Model.