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James Siegal: Our Cities Need to Focus on Playability, Not Just Walkability

Thursday, April 21st, 2016
James Siegal: Our Cities Need to Focus on Playability, Not Just Walkability

We’ve done a great job making our cities walkable and bike friendly. But James Siegal argues it’s time to think about the kids and build play directly into daily life, in parks, on sidewalks and even bus stops. Building playgrounds as oases is not enough — cities need to embrace playability and create a new generation of kids who can play until the sun goes down.

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Nashville, TN: The NashvilleNext Comprehensive Plan

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
Nashville, TN: The NashvilleNext Comprehensive Plan

NashvilleNext, a three-year regional planning effort providing a 25-year vision for Metro Nashville/Davidson County, Tennessee, has been named recipient of the American Planning Association’s (APA) prestigious 2016 Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan.

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Greening Harlem

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
New Harlem Lane Redesign Concept

Harlem, NY is a neighborhood that has many opportunities: it is vibrant, historic, rich in art and culture, and located in the nation’s financial and cultural capital. At the same time, poverty, unemployment, displacement, and a lack of green space are all challenges that need to be met.

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Creating 21st Century Communities: Making the Economic Case for Place

Monday, April 4th, 2016
EXHIBIT 1. Relationship Between Design Characteristics and Property Values in King County, WA

The Michigan Municipal League (MML), through its public policy forums, research, and education, identified eight assets that Michigan’s communities need to grow and strengthen in order for our state to prosper in coming years. In 2015, MML hired Public Sector Consultants (PSC) to evaluate the relationship between these eight assets and economic growth indicators like income, employment, property values, educational attainment within the workforce, and new business starts.

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Active Transportation and Real Estate: The Next Frontier

Friday, April 1st, 2016
Four Ways Protected Bike Lanes Boost Economic Growth

Active transportation was, until recently, the forgotten mode of travel. However, in recent years, investments in infrastructure that accommodates those who walk and ride bicycles have begun to reshape communities. Sometimes called “nonmotorized transportation,” active transportation involves human-powered activity, primarily walking and bicycling.

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Richmond, VA: Bicycle Infrastructure Report

Friday, March 25th, 2016
Total Bikeway Miles By Year

THE FUTURE OF BICYCLING IN THE RICHMOND REGION LOOKS BRIGHT. New plans for building a network of bikeways in the region provide a strong foundation for connecting people of all ages and abilities who want or need to ride a bike.

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T4America’s Online Guide to Creative Placemaking

Thursday, February 18th, 2016
Transportation for America: The Scenic Route

Transportation for America recently published The Scenic Route, a content-rich online guide to introduce the concept of “creative placemaking” to transportation professionals. The Scenic Route offers general information as well as specific approaches aiming to facilitate planners, public works agencies and local elected officials in utilizing the creative potential of their respective communities.

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Transforming Transportation: Towards Walking and Biking

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016
Transforming Transportation: Towards Walking and Biking

This video is about the health and environmental benefits of active transportation, defined as “any self-propelled, human-powered mode of transportation, such as walking or bicycling” (CDC, 2011).

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Pedestrians and Cyclists: Cities, States, and DOTs Are Implementing Actions to Improve Safety

Friday, January 1st, 2016
Figure 1: Examples of Cyclist Road Markings and Facilities

Walking and biking are becoming increasingly popular modes of transportation: nearly a million more people reported walking or biking to work in 2013 than in 2005. While total traffic fatalities declined from 2004 through 2013 (the most recent year for which data are available), this was not matched by a similar decline in pedestrian and cyclist fatalities. GAO was asked to review pedestrian and cyclist safety data and challenges in addressing this issue. This report examines: (1) trends in pedestrian and cyclist fatalities and injuries from 2004 through 2013 and characteristics of these fatalities and injuries; (2) safety initiatives selected states and cities have implemented and their views on challenges in addressing this issue; and (3) actions taken by DOT to help improve safety.

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(Re)Building Downtown: A Guidebook for Revitalization

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015
Figure 1: Spectrum of public participation

This movement presents an economic opportunity for communities. Creating a vibrant, walkable neighborhood can help attract and retain talented people and the companies that want to hire them. It can expand economic opportunity within your community, and create a culture of engagement. It can help your region grow without compromising open land or working farms. It can also make your town or city stand out within your region as a destination to shop, dine, visit, move to, or invest. It’s a chance to celebrate your community’s diverse history, create new opportunities for long-time neighborhood residents, and to achieve the triple-bottom line of a more equitable community, stronger economy, and protected environment.

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