Too Many Lives Cut Short on our Nation’s Roads

In 2009, a truck struck and killed Beverly Shelton’s grandson, Zachary, who was walking inside a marked crosswalk and accompanied by an adult. The driver had rolled through the stop sign rather than make a complete stop. Since the time of Zachary’s death, another 32,000-plus pedestrians have been killed in the United States. A pedestrian is killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes on our nation’s roads. Unfortunately, these tragedies are rising at a distressing rate. From 2009 …

Grandchild’s Death Highlights Need to Protect Pedestrians

  Once upon a time there was an awesome little boy named Zach. I called him “Zachy Pooh.” His dad and mom called him “Buddy.” Zach loved school, music, the Beatles, outer space, and everything involving transportation — especially trains. He loved his mom, dad, and new little brother Miles, whom he nicknamed “Mr. M.” He called me “Grandma Beverly.” On the afternoon of Feb. 27, 2009, everything changed. That morning, my own son dropped his little boy off at the …

37 Winning Ideas to Make Cities More Successful

The annual Knight Cities Challenge invites anyone and everyone to submit ideas about how to make the 26 communities where the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation invests more vibrant places to live and work. On April 12, the Foundation announced that 37 projects will share $5 million as winners of its 2015 challenge, which launched last October and attracted more than 4,500 ideas about how to help cities attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunities and create a culture of civic engagement. …

Super Bowl Cities Are Champs at Creating Livable Communities

Can you believe the 2015 football season is drawing to a close? Indeed, Super Bowl 50 is this Sunday, Feb. 7: Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos vs. Cam Newton’s Carolina Panthers. While I am a baseball fan first and foremost, I do make time on the weekends in the fall and winter to watch NCAA and NFL football. Although Carolina vs. Denver sounds like it’s going to be action packed, I’m mostly looking forward to the game because of the subplots: …

Eye on a Prize: Making America’s Communities Livable

When you think of winning a prize, what’s your first thought? Is it actually finding something in a box of Cracker Jack? Maybe, winning Lotto? (I was really hoping for that Powerball jackpot recently.) Or is it simply the thrill that comes with winning the prize? Whatever it may be, we love prizes. I can’t think of anyone I know who doesn’t. When Charles Lindbergh made his famous transatlantic flight from New York to Paris in 1927, it was for …

Communities Benefit From Digital Inclusion

Today, almost everyone in the United States has the option of purchasing an Internet connection. Yet tens of millions of Americans do not share in many of the social and economic benefits that Internet use affords. An increasing number of communities are taking action to address this issue. Beyond the digital divide The term “digital divide” first appeared 20 years ago to describe the gap between those who have access to the Internet and those who do not. The goal …