Sprawl Retrofit Tools

The sprawl retrofit initiative is currently working on the development of toolkits, intended to help professionals, citizens and officials to conduct a better sprawl retrofit. They are operational and free instruments providing concrete methods, sources of funding, as well as examples of best practices. In addition to the tools produced by CNU's initiative, readers will find other publications (manuals, books) which can be used as references for sprawl retrofit projects.

CNU's tools

CNU is currently working on a serie of toolkits. Comming soon!

  • Alternatives for Wall Street
  • Diagnostic tools
  • Incentives: financing and codes
  • Best practices

Online tools

"The Center for Neighborhood Technology’s Housing and Transportation (H+T®) Affordability Index provides a more comprehensive way of thinking about the cost of housing and true affordability. The Index is the only tool of its kind that examines transportation costs at a neighborhood level. It allows users to view housing and transportation data as maps, charts, and statistics for nearly 900 metropolitan and micropolitan areas—covering 89 percent of the US population."

Walk Score's mission is to promote walkable neighborhoods. It is a number between 0 and 100 that measures the walkability of any address. Walk score wants to make it easy for people to evaluate walkability and transportation when choosing where to live.

Sustainable Prosperity (SP) is a national green economy think tank/do tank from Ottawa. The organization harnesses leading-edge thinking to advance innovation in policy and markets, in the pursuit of a greener, more competitive Canadian economy. They published a report which can be used as a tool by decision-maker. It is about suburban sprawl and how we can reduce its future growth and subsantial costs by adressing its primary driver : prices.

Helpful references


  • Sprawl Repair - Tachieva, Galina. Sprawl Repair Manual. Washington, DC: Island Press, 2010.
  • The Smart Growth Manual Duany, Andres, Jeff Speck, and Mike Lydon. McGraw Hill Professional, 2009.





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For more information, contact: Alex McKeag CNU Program Manager amckeag@cnu.org