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Learning Livability Locally: New PBS Series Imagines Future of American Communities
What does "livability" look like across America? A new PBS series -- "Livable Future: Local Solutions" -- will help answer this question. Above: artistic rendering of Boston's Fairmount Line Corridor. Image via fta.dot.gov.

What does "livability" look like across America? A new PBS series, "Livable Future: Local Solutions," will help answer this question. Above: artistic rendering of Boston's Fairmount Line Corridor. Image via fta.dot.gov.

Wanna learn what livability looks like?

Stay tuned to PBS. This summer, ten PBS partner stations are reporting on how transportation solutions at the local, state and national level can “create more equitable, convenient, greener, cleaner and healthier communities.”

The project, called Livable Future: Local Solutions,  is part of Blueprint America, a PBS series produced by WNET.org that has focused on critical infrastructure issues in the United States for almost two years. The primary sponsor is the Rockefeller Foundation.

As the concept of “livability” gains momentum around the nation, particularly through the president’s livability initiative and the resulting  HUD-DOT-EPA sustainable communities partnership, this project aims to portray what livability looks like in communities around the country.

Partner stations are using all sorts of events and programming, including town hall meetings, social media conversations and webcasts, along with standard news features, to discuss and define “livability” in urban, suburban and rural America.

The ten PBS partner stations are: KCPT Kansas City, Mo.;  KEET Eureka, Calif.;  RMPBS Denver, Colo.; UNC-TV N.C.; WCNY Liverpool, N.Y.;  WEDU Tampa, Fla.;  WFYI Indianapolis, Ind.; WTVP Peoria, Ill.;  WHRO Norfolk, Va.; and WSKG Binghamton, N.Y..

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