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Feds to promote walkable neighborhoods

Initiative links housing, transportation, environment

The federal government will speak with one voice on housing, and environmental and transportation policy, Secretary of Housing Shaun Donovan said today in announcing an interagency "Partnership for Communities."The partnership, between the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency, is aimed at improving access to affordable housing and providing more and cheaper transportation options.In addition to developing transportation choices to reduce dependence on foreign oil, improve air quality and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, the partnership will promote "location- and energy-efficient" affordable housing.The partnership will seek to target federal funding to help existing communities employ strategies like transit-oriented, mixed-use development and "land recycling," and to promote "healthy, safe and walkable" neighborhoods in rural, urban and suburban settings.New...

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